Good-Mood Foods

Are you often cranky or feel like you have a short fuse? Do you reach for caffeine during the day to get a jolt of energy or stress-relief? It is a little-recognized fact that mood swings can be caused by malnutrition and hunger. On the other hand, some foods can put you in a better mood when you are feeling stressed or blue. If you want to mood-proof your diet then read on.

Eat for energy, not stimulation. Eating breakfast every morning and following it with regular snacks and meals is the cornerstone of a healthy outlook. Eating the following foods can impact your mood for the better and may be some of the best weapons you have at your disposal to help cure your crankiness

Omega-3 fats

Omega-3 fats are one of the most important nutrient building blocks available and there is growing evidence correlating low levels of omega-3 fatty acids with poor moods and depression.

While salmon is one of the best places to find this special kind of fat, you can also find omega-3s in chia seeds, edamame, wild rice, walnuts, canola oil, flax seed and beans.

Tart cherries

As you age, your body loses its ability to produce melatonin, which is a natural sleep aid that helps improve your quality of sleep. Tart cherries contain melatonin as well as antioxidants. Mix these two qualities together and you have a recipe for brain chemistry that is optimized for good moods.

Amaranth

This whole grain is loaded with iron, fiber, minerals and antioxidants. Because this grain is high in fiber, it helps keep blood sugar stable; keeping your blood sugar from dips and spikes will help you to avoid the associated fatigue and crankiness.

Squash and Pumpkin Seeds

In just one 1-ounce serving, these super seeds pack in 150 mg of magnesium — a mineral that studies show helps to combat anxiety.

For more fantastic “good mood” foods, check out this video with Jaimee Zanzinger, Special Projects Director of Woman’s Day Magazine, and Erica Hill from CBS.

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