NHIA Blog header

It’s no secret that food can really give our moods a boost. The stereotypes of eating chocolates or sweets when upset exist for a reason. Sugary sweets can be immensely satisfying, however, the following blood sugar crashing tends to lead to irritability, making sweets a not so great option when looking for food that provides mood-boosting effects. For a healthier and happier you, let’s review some foods that just may help boost your mood.


Omega-3 Fatty Acid Rich Foods

You’re probably thinking “fish” when you read Omega-3 fatty acids, and you’d be correct. There are many types of fish that contain great amounts of omega-3’s including Alaskan salmon, sardines, and mackerels. However, if you’re not a big fish fan, there are other foods as well that contain omega-3’s, such as walnuts. The same goes for various cooking oils such as canola oil.


Probiotics Are Great For Your Mind

You may be surprised to learn that the consumption of probiotic foods is not just good for your digestive system, but your mind as well! Yogurts are the best for probiotic packed goodness, also try some kefir, sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, buttermilk, and pickled vegetables.


Whole Grains For Goodness

A good rule of thumb when looking at whole grains is for every 5 grams of carbs there should be a minimum of one 1 gram of dietary fiber. So foods like steel-cut oatmeal, brown rice, millet, and wild rice are good go-to options.


Breakfast Really Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

We’ve always been told about the importance of a healthy and nutritious breakfast every day, and for good reason! Eating a healthy and delicious breakfast is not just a great start to your day, but helps battle depression and set the right metabolism for the day.

 Some good foods to consider when looking at your breakfast options include foods that are right in good fats, nutrients, and fiber. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, add in some delicious fruits such as apples, along with some nuts like pecans or walnuts and you have a well-balanced meal to set you up for a fantastic day.

Leafy Green Vegetables

We all love a good salad, so next time you’re munching away try to avoid the iceberg lettuce and load up on greens containing the B vitamin folate. Some great salad options with folate include Spinach, avocados, broccoli, turnip greens, okra, and artichokes. Aside from salad greens, there is plenty of folate in beans and lentils.


Moderate Your Caffeine Intake

You had to know this one was coming! While caffeine has a tendency to cause the brain to release helpful chemicals such as dopamine, it can also have some adverse effects including making you jittery, irritable, sleepless and at times irritable.


Final Thoughts

Making lifelong dietary changes doesn’t have to be huge, it can be easily done in smaller increments over time. With these minor meal adjustments, you may just find yourself feeling happier and healthier.

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, be sure to contact your doctor. It’s never too late to seek help from your health care provider.