7 Foods That Improve Your Mood Almost Immediately

by Divyata Raut
FOOD  |  July 12, 2018
  • Food and mood?
    1 / 8 Food and mood?

    We all know how happy a late-night ice cream treat can make us, but the connection between food and mood is way more complicated than that. Leave the sugary snacks aside, and fill your belly with these seven nutritious picks. Feel the energy surge through your body and seize the day with an improved mood. Psst, Singaporeans’ favourite fruit included.

    (Also read: Reduce Your Risk Of Depression With This Exact Diet)

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  • Coffee
    2 / 8 Coffee

    Have an important presentation in a bit? Sip on a cup of coffee. Besides protecting you from cancer, your daily cup of joe improves cognitive functions as caffeine jolts your system awake. With increased alertness, your work efficiency and responsiveness improve significantly. A cup of coffee is all you need to produce an excellent piece of work, even when energy levels are running low. Not a coffee person? Reach out for these foods instead.

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  • Dark chocolate
    3 / 8 Dark chocolate

    Forget the mints, and stash a bar of dark chocolate in your bag. These luscious cocoa squares are brimming with naturally-occurring antioxidants that protect your brain from damage. This study reveals that dark chocolate improves memory, cognitive processing and even mindfulness. Lift your mood, one dark chocolate square at a time. Keep your serving to no more than two squares a day.

    (Also read: Dark Chocolate Is As Good For Your Heart As Almonds)

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  • Durian
    4 / 8 Durian

    Since durian season is upon us, here is one more excuse to stop by your neighbourhood fruit stall. The creamy fruit is not as sinful as it seems. The custard-like flesh of the durian contains mood-boosting nutrients that get converted to serotonin, that feel-good chemical. So feel happiness surge through your veins (literally) after having durian.

    (Also read: Interesting Ways To Eat Durian (Besides Having It Plain)

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  • Green tea
    5 / 8 Green tea

    Can’t seem to focus? Use the beneficial chemicals in green tea to clear the clutter in your mind. A study found that the intake of this diet-friendly tea sustains memory skills and increases alertness. Plus, it helps you get less distracted. So brew a cup of green tea, and get back on track with your daily tasks.

    (Also read: 6 Reasons To Start Drinking Green Tea)

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  • Turmeric
    6 / 8 Turmeric

    Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric, has a plethora of benefits. Aside from increasing your metabolism, it’s also a mood-booster. If you have an important presentation coming up, take your next meal with a pinch of turmeric. Alternatively, stir some turmeric in your latte for improved memory skills.

    (Also read: Boost Your Memory And Mood With Turmeric)

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  • Fish
    7 / 8 Fish

    Love seafood? Load up on fish, with the confidence that your spirits will be lifted. Regular intake of fish increases the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your bloodstream which negates symptoms of depression, according to this study. Rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, tuna and mackerel.

    (Also read: Eating Fish Twice A Week Might Help You Live Longer)

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  • Goji berries
    8 / 8 Goji berries

    Goji berries are a powerhouse of amino acids, making them a good source of protein. A handful of goji berries in your morning oatmeal go a long way as they supply your body with a wide spectrum of minerals and vitamins. This study reveals that these antioxidant-rich berries boost your mood, so chew away on these sweet and crunchy pods.

    (Also read: Greendot’s New Acai Bowls Will Give You The Breakfast Boost You Need) 

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