Does that bag of chips or pint of dairy-free ice cream really make you feel better once the taste has left your palate and the over-1,000 calories has taken residence in your body? Naturally, comfort food feels amazingly good when we eat it but the lift in spirits is only temporary and can even pack on the stress when you realize you’re packing on weight. When you’re feeling the blues or want to nosh your tension away, consider these healthy good mood foods.
As soon as you pull off the peel of an orange, the zing of zesty citrus oils instantly perks you up. Oranges are a low-calorie, high-flavor fruit loaded with vitamins that can help lift your spirits.
Dark leafy greens are a superfood mood booster, rich in vitamins, minerals, and health-promoting phytonutrients. High in folic acid, eating an extra serving or two of kale or any dark leafy can lift you out of the doldrums.
Whole grain bread
If you crave carbs when your mood starts edging towards an all new low, satisfy your crave with whole grains, such as a slice of whole wheat bread, toasted, and slathered with nut butter. The whole wheat bread will give you complex carbohydrates, which are high in fiber, and can stabilize your blood sugar and boost your energy. Whole grains are also high in B vitamins, which are helpful in boosting moods. (The nut butter is also a good mood food.)
Nuts can help you crunch away tension while delivering a tasty bevy of vitamins and minerals, protein, and fiber. Have a handful of raw nuts or partner up nut butter with whole grain toast. If your yen is for something savory, puree nuts or nut butter with soy sauce, coconut milk, and curry and toss with a modest serving of whole wheat pasta or heaping plate of low-calorie, nutrient-dense veggies.