You are what you eat? You sure do feel what you eat.


Take a bite out of happiness with these mood boosting foods!

Roller coasters can be fun, but not when they involve your emotions. The food you eat can directly influence your energy and mood.

The right food can be your best friend, giving you energy, and nourishing your body and mind. The wrong foods can leave you feeling miserable, moody, anxious, and agitated. 

Changing the foods in your diet can alter your metabolism and brain chemistry ultimately affecting your energy levels and mood.

Food can boost energy by providing sufficient calories and raising your metabolism to burn fuel more efficiently. Keep your moods in check with foods that will stabilize your blood sugar and raise those feel-good brain chemicals. 
Here are ten foods to boost your energy and improve your mood. Get ready to kick the blues to the curb and turn the corners of your mouth up!

Carbohydrates: Carbs are the body’s preferred source of energy. Carbs raise your levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates learning, mood, and sleep. Choose your carbs wisely! The key is to avoid the processed sugary carbs which cause blood sugar to rise and fall - the dreaded “sugar crash”. Choose fiber and nutrient rich foods like oatmeal, fruit, legumes, veggies, and whole grains to keep blood sugar and energy levels stable.

Frequent Meals: You don’t wait until your car is running on empty before you stop to fill up (or at least you shouldn’t). The same goes for you! Eat small meals and snacks every three to four hours. This is an essential strategy for stabilizing blood sugar, energy levels, and mood. 

Cashews/Almonds/Hazelnuts:  These nuts are rich in protein and magnesium. Protein will keep you satiated and help keep your hunger in check. Magnesium is essential in converting sugar into energy. Look for magnesium-rich leafy greens, apples, peaches, bananas, and artichokes.

Brazil Nuts: Brazil nuts are a super source of selenium. Selenium can act as a natural mood booster. Studies have reported a link between low selenium and poorer moods. Selenium also occurs in smaller amounts in meats, seafood, beans, and whole grains.

Flaxseed: Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest that people who had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had fewer depression symptoms and a more positive outlook. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in ocean-going cold water fish, nuts, and leafy, dark green vegetables.

Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce are just a few of the delicious greens you can munch on. Leafy greens contain folate and magnesium which may reduce the risk of depression. Legumes, nuts, and citrus fruits are also good sources of folate.

Water: Dehydration and fatigue go hand-in-hand. Even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism and sap your energy. Low energy can spur those sugar cravings. Suddenly you are rummaging through the pantry for anything and everything sweet to eat! Hydrate mindfully with water, herbal teas, fresh fruits, and veggies. Keep your caffeine and alcohol consumption in check. 

Fresh Produce: Many fruits and vegetables are known to help boost your mood such as asparagus, lentils, chickpeas, beans, squash, and sweet potatoes. 

Avocados: Don’t overlook the avocado because it’s high in fat. The fat in avocados is a rich source of depression busting omega-3 fatty acids. 

Dark Chocolate: Need another reason to eat chocolate? An ounce of dark chocolate can boost both energy and mood. Dark chocolate contains the antioxidant resveratrol. This nutrient can boost brain levels of endorphins and serotonin.