Foods to Boost Your Mood
11 Dec 2015 2 Minute Read
When we reach for a pick-me-up snack during the day, two common contenders are the old favourites, coffee or chocolate.
And while those two foods might boost your energy and your mood for a short time, that inevitable sugar or caffeine crash we hear so much about always comes a-knocking.
So, if you find yourself in need of a little more pep in your step, try these other five foods known to leave you happier for the longer haul.
A mood boost at breakfast time sounds just the ticket before tackling that school run or commute to the office, so start the day with some hearty porridge.
Oats release their energy into your system slowly, helping to keep your blood sugar levels steady – which is an important factor when it comes to your mood. Oats also contain selenium, low dietary intakes of selenium has been linked to reduced mood.
Lentils may not be the most appealing of foods to get excited about, but try half a cup of them in a hot, delicious homemade stew and you’ll reap the benefits of these complex carbohydrates.
As well as keeping your blood sugar levels (and mood) steady, they are high in iron to support energy production and is important for reducing tiredness and fatigue. Iron also contributes to cognitive function which emcompasses reasoning, memory and attention.
Oily fish is also known to be good for those serotonin levels.
It’s all about the fish’s omega-3 properties, which are thought to be a key mood-booster, and are not able to be produced by the body on its own. Sounds like a good excuse to add a delicious fillet of salmon to your shopping trolley this week.
Yes, eating nuts can help stop you going nuts during that mid-afternoon slump.
Try snacking on Brazil nuts, 1 is all you need for their high levels of selenium, or grab a handful of almonds or cashews, both great for keeping those blood sugar levels on an even keel.
Those dark, leafy greens are a great source of folate and vitamin B3 which play an important role in maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing. So channel your inner Popeye and add spinach liberally to your meals, either raw in a salad, or added to your next stir-fry.