Feeling blue today? Stressed out? Angry? Moods can be controlled with healthy benefits from foods, certain snack choices can change your mood for the better – essentially make you happier.
There are intricate links between certain foods and our ability to feel more alert, calm – or even upbeat. Many foods that alter your spirit may be already on your kitchen counter. So lets try to start the day off right with the certain foods meant to enhance your moods…
Grab a banana. The combination of natural sugars and fibers creates long-lasting energy to help prevent a blood sugar imbalance. Vit B6 helps convert the tryptophan into mood-boosting serotonin, and the potassium & iron work to ward off fatigue by producing more energy. Also, doctors and dietitians advise people who lead a stressful, hectic life to add magnesium-rich foods like bananas to their diets. Increased magnesium intake results in less anxiety and better sleep!
Toast up a whole wheat bagel. Whole-grain breads are enriched with the essential amino acids which help to produce and raise the levels of the mood enhancing serotonin. One essential function of amino acids is to deliver messages to your central nervous system, more commonly known as the brain. Toast up a whole wheat bagel or slice of bread every morning with your breakfast to boost your brain function.
Munch on a couple dark chocolate covered almonds. Sound too good to be true? Almonds help actually increase dopamine levels and dark chocolate stimulates the release of serotonin. (are we seeing a trend here?) Chocolate really can make you happy, it just has to be 70% or higher in cocoa for the added health benefits like antioxidants. Just about all the ingredients in chocolate can lift your spirits and even offer a fleeting feeling of euphoria. (I know that will make some of you very happy just thinking of it!)
Toss some hot chillies in those eggs! You get a two for one combining both eggs, whose protein & healthy carbs help stabilize blood sugar and prevent emotional highs and lows, and the hot chillies. Capsaicin, the natural ingredient that gives chillies their bang, stimulates the mouth’s nerve endings, causing a burning sensation. In response, the brain releases endorphins, natural painkillers that produce a temporary high. So the more hot chillies you eat, the stronger the soothing effect.
Top that bagel with some sliced lox or try out a crab cake eggs bennie! If you can handle your seafood in the morning you’re in for a great day. Seafood contains a lot of Selenium, a mineral linked to upbeat moods. Increased intake of sea food leads to a greater sense of happiness, more energy and a reduction in anxiety.
Breathe out, there’s a way to fix those moods that doesn’t include a gallon of ice cream or a whole bag of chips (my usual mood lifter)! Do you eat these foods when you feel a mood coming on? Do you know of any other food-mood busters? Please share!