Beat the blues with these top foods to boost your mood
We all go through periods of feeling a bit blue every now and then. Especially when darker evenings are drawing in and temperatures drop. But winter blues aside, what can we do to improve our mood?
While many of us turn to guilty pleasures like a glass of wine or some milk chocolate to perk up energy levels when we’re feeling down, these treats can actually have the opposite effect. That’s because after the initial rush of energy that they give us, we’re hit by a drastic comedown. Sadly, too much caffeine and sugary biscuits can have the same effect.
But don’t fret – switching up your diet can make all the difference as long as you opt for healthy, energising foods and we’ve found 10 foods that will do just that. These natural mood boosters will leave you feeling happy and refreshed – without any of the negative side effects.
From a hearty breakfast and antioxidant-packed lunch to a crunchy snack and deliciously sweet treat, munch on these natural mood boosters to give yourself an instant pick-me-up. The best part is that you probably already have most of these mood boosters in your kitchen already! And if you don’t, it’s time to hit the supermarket and stock up on them – these are the energy enhancing foods no kitchen should be without.
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These delicacies are rich in mood-managing selenium, also found in fish, sunflower seeds, other nuts, meat, eggs and wholegrains.
The natural compound capsaicin gives chillis their fire and triggers the brain to release feel-good neurotransmitters known as endorphins.
Eggs are a great source of choline, a building block of brain tissue, and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is important for memory and general mental functioning.
The National Headache Foundation in the USA claims that fructose, the main sugar in honey, helps the body break down alcohol faster and reduce hangovers.
Whether homemade or bought fresh, antioxidant-packed low-GI minestrone soup is ideal for keeping your appetite and blood-sugar levels in check.
For Zen-like calm in the mornings, plump for porridge, with its blood-sugar-stabilising low-glycaemic index (GI), or other low-GI cereals.
A comforting dessert or snack, with just 130 calories in a 150g pot of low-fat Ambrosia Creamed Rice Pudding, plus a beneficial 19% of your RDA for calcium.
Seaweed is rich in iodine and selenium, which work together to keep your thyroid hormones, metabolism and mood in peak condition.
Munch your way to happiness with walnuts, linseeds and pumpkin seeds, which are best for omega-3s and monounsaturated fats, crucial for brain cell health and neuron communication.