Mood Boosting Foods
With frigid temperatures it can often be a challenge to stick to healthier eating patterns. Why not try giving your meals a nutritious spin to give your mood a boost!
Mood Boosting Foods
Fight the Winter Blues with Mood-Boosting Foods
Are the long, cold winter days giving you the blues? With frigid temperatures it can often be a challenge to stick to healthier eating patterns. Why not try giving your meals a nutritious spin to give your mood a boost! Studies show that consuming the following foods more often may help to reduce stress, ease anxiety, and fight depression.
High fat and sugar-loaded desserts may seem more tempting during chilly winter months but often only provide us with short-term gratification. Swap out processed foods for nutritious whole foods such as whole wheat bread, quinoa, and brown rice. The extra fiber can help you feel more satisfied and prevent cravings throughout the day. Aim to make at least half of your grains whole grains. Why not give this seasonal recipe a try? Quinoa & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash Your kitchen will smell amazing!
Fruits and Vegetables
Choose antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables every day to kick start your health! Broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, and pomegranates provide our bodies with healthy plant phytochemicals that support immunity. Head over to the frozen section where you can also find a variety of nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables that are sure to please your taste buds! Try a fresh fruit smoothie blended with milk to satisfy your sweet tooth. Feeling under the weather? Warm up with this Hearty Turkey-Vegetable Soup!
Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna give our bodies a boost of omega-3 fatty acids-an essential heart healthy nutrient. Oily fish are also a good source of vitamin D, an important vitamin we need more of during the dark winter months. Aim to eat fish at least twice a week! This Honey Dijon Salmon recipe is sure to please the whole family.
When you're craving something decadent, reach for antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Look for dark chocolate varieties that contain at least 60% cocoa and remember to indulge in moderation - up to 2 ounces per day. The bold flavor of dark chocolate may leave you feeling more satisfied than other chocolate varieties.
This year, give yourself the gift of a healthier and happier you. Resolve to try a new nutritious recipe every week. Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation and maintain an active lifestyle to boost your mood all year ‘round.