7 Tasty, Mood-Boosting Foods to Make You Feel Good

You know the saying "you are what you eat?" While that may not be true in a literal sense what you eat can have a major impact on your mood and how you feel. Yes, it is easy to get a quick hit of happiness from indulging in your favorite baked treat but we're talking about creating long-term positive effects. It is important to recognize the difference between the short-term pleasure of a sugar hit and the ongoing benefits of nutrition optimized for brain health and function. 

So if you're feeling a little blue or just want an extra boost add these to your grocery list and let the good vibes roll.

Oysters: More than just an aphrodisiac these salt-water bivalve mollusks are high in zinc. Studies show that low zinc levels have consistently been linked to depression. Since our bodies don't have a way to store zinc we need to find a way to consume it daily. As much as we'd love to go to the Oyster Bar daily you can also get your fix from beans, cashews, and beef!

Spinach: Folate helps break down the amino acid homocysteine which has been linked to depression when found in high levels. If leafy greens aren't your thing try sneaking them into your morning smoothie -- sip happily. 

Beets: These jewel-toned beauties are high in folate, potassium, manganese and vitamin B6. When people are low in vitamin B6 they can feel lethargic yet wound up at the same time -- not a good combo! Vitamin B6 helps balance out your energy levels for more smooth sailing. 

Hummus: When you make this tasty treat the traditional way you get a nice boost from the zinc-rich chickpeas. Want to pack a one-two punch? Make this colorful Beet Hummus for an added vitamin B6 kick! 

Salmon: Individuals who eat omega-3-rich fish tend to have a lower risk of depression and a generally more positive outlook. Added Bonus - salmon is also a good source of protein, vitamin B and potassium.

Blueberries: These little beauties contain a high amount of antioxidants known as flavonoids (don't worry it sounded made up to us too) that can improve your mood.

Avocado: These goes-with-literally-anything superfoods are rich in vitamin B6, folate and magnesium. As if you needed another excuse to "add avocado to that." 

We know that sometimes when you're not feeling quite like yourself it's hard to find the energy to cook nutritious food. If that's the case start small: mix and match a few for a triple-threat smoothie (beets, blueberries and bananas are a surprisingly sweet combo) or look into pre-prepped options at your favorite grocery store. Taking care of yourself from the inside out is an act of self-love. #MeFirst




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