The easiest and most common thing to do when we’re feeling stressed or anxious is to reach for some comfort food. What we really need to do is consume healthy, mood-boosting foods that will deliver the important nutrients our brain needs and positively impact our well-being. Here’s a list of some healthy options!
Green veggies: spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts
These veggies are a source of folate, a vitamin B that is essential to help your body produce serotonin.
Probiotics: yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi
Not only can probiotics help keep your digestive track healthy, studies are finding they also play a role in keeping your spirits up.
Whole grains: oats, brown rice, whole wheat bread
Whole grains are rich in B vitamins that are important for energy and optimal brain health. Carbohydrates including whole grains also boost levels of serotonin, the “feel-good brain chemical.”
Vitamin D: Egg yolks, fatty fish, fortified milks
Not only is vitamin D related to bone health and immunity, they’re now finding a connection between vitamin D and mental health. Especially with this winter like weather we’ve been having, it is important to seek out those vitamin D rich foods.
Dark chocolate – in moderation 😉
Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which is a compound that can affect your mood. What’s more, dark chocolate also contains healthful flavanols that have been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve cognition.
Coffee and tea:
Coffee and tea are sources of caffeine, which can give us a lift.