Add these 4 “better mood foods” to your daily diet regimen for a happier you.
1) Probiotic-Rich Foods
Probiotics have been found to be promising treatments for anxiety & depression. Fascinating! Build an army of good gut bacteria by becoming a fermented foodie. Stock up on probiotic powerhouses including: miso, sauerkraut, kefir & kombucha. Ideas–> Miso Dressing: Mix miso paste (fermented soybeans) w/ tahini & warm water. Perfect for salads. Kombucha Margarita: Mix kombucha (fermented tea), tequila & fresh lime juice. Cheers!
2) Fruits & Veggies
Researchers found that a higher intake of produce resulted in more energy, calm, and a greater sense of happiness with the magic number being 7 daily servings. To use produce to elevate your mood, start early. Add-on a low sugar green juice along side your usual AM brewing routine. Next morning, repeat!
3) Dark Chocolate
As if you even needed a reason to indulge in decadent dark chocolate, researchers found eating an ounce and a half of dark chocolate daily for 2 weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in people who rated themselves as highly stressed. 1) The flavonoids in dark chocolate relax blood vessels & improve circulation. 2) Dark chocolate contains magnesium, a mighty mineral that has been shown to help fight depression and relieve irritability. 3) Dark chocolate’s unique natural substances trigger a sense of euphoria that’s similar to the fabulous feeling of being in love! Smear 1 tsp. of raw almond butter on a dark chocolate square as a daily conscious indulgence. PS: be sure it’s at least 70% cacao to reap the bountiful benefits.
4) Green Tea
Researchers found that levels of psychological stress were 20% lower in people who consistently drank green tea daily. Meet matcha: green tea’s peppy cousin. It’s more concentrated, which means higher amounts of nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and chlorophyll. Try these oh so trendy coconut matcha energy bars!