Nine everyday foods (well, really 8 everyday and one luxury) that have been proven to improve mood.
That gorgeous spring treat asparagus not only lifts your mood because you associate it with spring and all it’s possibilities but also because it is a good source of the B vitamin folate. Like magnesium, folate helps you make “feel good” neurotransmitters.
Ways to enjoy asparagus – steamed and dipped in a soft boiled egg, roast in a hot oven with a little olive oil and salt, steamed and rolled in fresh bread with a little mayonnaise (note there is no picture with this recipe but trust us – it works)
Oats are a mood boosting wonder food. Not only are they available everywhere and very affordable, they can be used in so many different ways – there’s really no excuse not to eat and enjoy them.
What makes oats a mood boosting food?
Two things – one; they have a low glycemic index. This means they are a food that releases energy slowly and steadily so you avoid the ups and downs of energy levels and insulin release. In other words they are the perfect food to fight “hanger”.
two; oats are a good source of a nutrient called beta-glucan. We have know for a while Beta-glucan is good for your heart but a study publishsed in the last few years showed beta-glucan improved mood in moderately stressed women. Another good reason to start the day with oats, particularly if your morning is rushed.
Ways to include oats – porridge and oatmeal (obviously), overnight oats, smoothies, fruit crumbles, as a substitute for breadcrumbs in meatballs …..
3. SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Sunflower Seeds are a bit of a bridesmaid food – never the star of the show – but they should be valued as a great mood boosting snack. Sunflower seeds are a highly nutritious food but what makes them a mood boosting food is magnesium. Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium and magnesium is important in the production of serotonin, one of the “feel good” chemicals in the brain that has been proven to improve mood and feelings of well-being.
Ways to include sunflower seed – make your own trail mix, sprinkle on salads, add to muesli, sprinkle over greek yoghurt with other seeds and nuts and a drizzle of honey, add to fruit crumble, have a handful as a snack by themselves………