Feeling grumpy, sluggish, or just plain blah?
🥣 Foods can have a powerful effect on your mood (both good and bad), so let’s start there.
Some people grab foods they *think* make them feel good (ice cream anyone?) but end up feeling worse once the sugar rush wears off.
How about next time, think about reaching for one of these science-backed foods to improve your mood:
One study found wild blueberry juice improved mood in children and young adults within one hour of drinking it!
Walnuts not only contain omega-3s but also a natural source of serotonin! One study found that half a cup of walnuts per day improved mood in college-aged men.
🥬 Green Leafy Veggies
Swiss chard, spinach, and kale are packed with phytonutrients that combat inflammation—a known contributor to low mood.
🐟 Fatty Fish
Fish like salmon, anchovies, sardines, herring, and cod contain omega-3 fatty acids that fight inflammation and support a healthy mood.
🍫 Dark Chocolate
There’s a “bliss molecule” in the brain called anandamide. Guess what? It’s also in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate also has magnesium, which is needed to produce serotonin.
I’m not suggesting food is a quick fix, but if you get in the habit of grabbing healthy mood food, you’re sure to notice the effects over time.
What foods do you know make you feel good?