6 Mood-Boosting Foods That Make You Feel Happier

FOOD  |  January 15, 2017
  • 1. Chocolate
    1 / 6 1. Chocolate

    Dark chocolate seems to come up a lot when we talk about foods that are good for you, and cocoa as a mood-booster is no exception. Chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants and contains numerous chemicals (like serotonin and caffeine) that can add that boost of happiness to our brains and bodies. You also shouldn’t discount the pure and simple joy that comes from eating a piece of chocolate. Just keep in mind that you still need to consume it in moderation, and the chocolates that actually do you more good than harm should be dark, or about 70 percent cocoa.

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  • 2. Coffee
    2 / 6 2. Coffee

    Coffee lovers, this one should please you. A study that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 15 per cent less likely to develop depression over the 10-year study period (as compared to women who drank one cup or less a day). Now I’m not saying you should be knocking back coffee all day (heart palpitations, plus, the habit can be addicting!), but it’s good to know a reasonable coffee intake is going to do you some good in the long run.

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  • 3. Salmon
    3 / 6 3. Salmon

    If I could eat one type of fish for the rest of my life, it would be salmon. It’s incredible how one fish can be so tasty (cooked so many ways) and also be this healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids are great for the human body, and something we don’t produce naturally. It has been said to lower the risk of things like heart disease, depression and dementia, as well as help with fatigue and mood swings. If you don’t fancy salmon, there are other sources of Omega-3, like flaxseed oil, fish oil, chia seeds, walnuts, fish roe, soybeans, and spinach.

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  • 4. Nuts
    4 / 6 4. Nuts

    Magnesium plays a key role in your body’s energy production, and nuts like almonds are a great source of magnesium. Then there are also walnuts, which are one of the richest food sources of serotonin (yes, that natural chemical in our brain that keeps us feeling calm and happy). So if you’re at someone’s house for a party and there happens to be a bowl of nuts, snacking on that is going to be a lot better for you than say, a particularly creamy and fat-filled dip with chips! Also, certain nuts like walnuts work great in salads or pastas, so you can make a whole meal out of them!

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  • 5. Dairy and leafy greens
    5 / 6 5. Dairy and leafy greens

    One thing your dairy foods and leafy green vegetables have in common is that they contain calcium. Calcium isn’t just good for strong bones. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that calcium also affects premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms in women. It was discovered that a boost in calcium had the ability to alleviate a majority of the mood-related symptoms of PMS. So if you’re bogged down by PMS on top of your post-holiday blues, load up on green leafy veggies or calcium supplements!

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  • 6. Quinoa and other complex carbs
    6 / 6 6. Quinoa and other complex carbs

    When it comes to a long day in the office, you want to eat foods that will release stable amounts of energy over a longer period of time, keeping you full longer while also stabilising your body’s blood sugar levels. The last thing you want is a food that releases lots of sugar fast and leaves you crashing after. Quinoa is a great complex carb that boasts a mild and inoffensive flavour (some people might not like other complex carbs like sweet potatoes) and is a great base carb that goes well with plenty of other ingredients!

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