Mood boosting foods - 7 things you need to eat to stay happy
Nia Bennett | Sep, 30 2018
After a long and busy day, we are often tired to cook. In fact, our brain is wired to seek pleasure from food, so eating easy and mega processed greasy food like chips or pizza might seem awesome but within a few hours or the next day your body will show signs of discomfort either in the form of a breakout or through increased tiredness.
Constant consumption of bad carbohydrates can not only make you feel sluggish and bloated but it can also have a direct impact on your mood and how you behave with people around you. So the fact that your mood has no direct impact on your health is a myth. If you’ve been suffering from irritability, it’s time to inspect your direct because mood swings can have an impact on your immune system, slow weight loss and increase tension headaches and body aches.
So in a nutshell, what you eat is how you react. So even though eating clean can sound boring and making a healthy smoothie is an afterthought after a busy workday. There are several ways to keep your body fuelled with exciting and tasty food.
The seven foods you must have in your kitchen cupboard to stay happy and healthy
Scientists from all over the world have emphasised the importance of eating a handful of nuts every day. Scientists have known for a while that almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and more, are a healthful addition to your diet.
People assume that nuts are high in calories, but not all calorie is bad calorie as most nuts are rich in fibre, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. A handful of nuts along with your breakfast, mid-morning or afternoon snack can keep you fuller for longer. Because nuts are tasty, they make you feel full, a great way to keep your waistline trim, increase your metabolism and an excellent source of nutrition for your brain. Especially walnuts, almonds and peanuts.
Avocados are an extremely popular fruit among health-conscious people. They are considered as a ‘superfood’ and rightly so because 1 fruit a day gives you a daily dose of Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B5, Potassium and Vitamin C.
Despite being in fad, avocados are loaded with good fats making it an ideal food item to consume with toasts and salads; making it a great morning, mid-afternoon or dinner snack. They also do not have any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fat which means one can guilt free consume it in any way, either as guacamole, an ingredient for a smoothie, pasta sauce etc.
Grapes and Berries
Grapes and berries are loaded with antioxidants which not only make you feel good but also increase your immunity. Daily consumption of berries increases melatonin which aids deep sleep. Often lack of sleep can lead to irritability.
Regular consumption of berries in your morning snack or in smoothies can help in faster weight loss and improve the quality of your skin.
Our favourite part about eating berries and grapes it reduced the cravings to binge on cakes and desserts.,
A good way to keep your waistline trim and have a positive outlook is by ensuring you can nibble on one bar of cacao every day.
Raw chocolate helps our skin against harmful ultraviolet rays, helps you achieve a smooth and radiant complexion, helps prevent hair loss. But mostly importantly cacao nibbles contain dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good chemicals which will help you relax and improve your mood.
From Grapefruit to clementine, oranges and lemon, citrus fruits help in a way no other “fad diet” or superfood could. They are great to fight against infections and unhealthy bacteria.
If you want to increase your metabolism, these fruits can work wonders on your body and add an extra glow and radiance to your face.
One of the primary reasons why citrus fruits are used in aromatherapy is because of it instils an unwinding and uplifting feeling. But beyond that, these fruits are antidepressants which regularly release serotonin that will lift your mood and increase alertness.
Eating three cups of vegetables out of which at least 1.5 cups green vegetables into your daily diet is guaranteed to keep your health and mood in balance.
Green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kale, swiss chard, asparagus, artichokes, scallions, zucchini, cabbage etc.are excellent for weight loss as they are high in iron and fibre.
The bonus benefit of consuming them regularly ensures clean and glowing skin.
Turmeric is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory agents. Curcumin, a bioactive compound in turmeric is known to ease anxiety and very helpful to balance mood swings and depression.
This spice is used is almost all Indian curries, but its potency has spread throughout the world. The easiest way to ensure you consume it every day is either by sprinkling it on your soups, salad and broths or you could also make this a bedtime routine by drinking herbal turmeric milk.