April 27, 2020 | by: aprilzwicker

Mood Boosting Foods!

When you’re stressed or unhappy, do you look to food like chocolate and sweets to make you feel better? You’re not alone! But those foods can have a negative impact; they give you a quick sugar rush, then you crash & feel cranky. There are foods that may help boost your mood!

Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
(can result in substantial mental health benefits and protect from depression)
Wild Salmon
Sardines
Anchovies
Mackerel & other oily fish
Walnuts
Flax and chia seeds
Canola oil

Probiotics:
(some research suggests that probiotics may help reduce negative thoughts associated with sad moods)
Yogurt
Buttermilk
Sauerkraut
Pickled vegetables

Whole Grains:
(rich in B vitamins, important for energy and optimal brain health)

Steel-cut oatmeal
Quinoa
Brown rice
Wild rice

 A Regular, Nutritious Breakfast:
Including foods rich in fiber, nutrients, and good fat; like oatmeal, citrus fruits, strawberries, apples, whole grains, and nuts.

Leafy Green Veggies:
(a source of folate, which is essential for the body’s production of serotonin – a natural mood stabilizer)
Spinach
Artichokes
Turnip greens
Avocado
Broccoli

Foods High in Vitamin D:
Those with low vitamin D levels have been found to be more likely to be depressed.
Cheese
Egg yolks
Foods fortified with vitamin D; like milk, soy milk, and orange juice

Caffeine – in moderation
A study showed that it may help protect against depression

Sources:
verywellmind.com
CNN