It’s no secret that certain foods and beverages can severely alter your mood, hence the term “happy hour.” Need further proof? Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, we are left feeling sluggish and tired; coffee is the ultimate morning energy boost, while that carton of ice cream will make an attempt to heal your broken heart. There’s comfort food, like macaroni and cheese and there’s hangover food, like bacon egg and cheese sandwiches. And while there are plenty of other activities you can partake in to lift your spirits, sometimes the right snack is all you need. Here are our top 10 foods to boost your energy and improve your mood.
Water. Our bodies show signs of dehydration in multiple ways, one of which is in our mood and ability to concentrate. Make sure you’re getting as close to the daily 2 liter recommendation as possible to keep your body happy.
Bananas. Bananas contain a huge amount of vitamins and minerals as well as amino acid tryptophan. Included in the list of vitamins is B6, which converts tryptophan into serotonin, a mood-lifting hormone. It also aids in sleep.
Dark chocolate. A small square of dark chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins, boosting your mood and decreasing stress.
Salmon. Thanks to its abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a major energy-booster. The more energy you have, the happier you will be.
Lentils. Lentils help stabilize blood sugar, essentially preventing a mid-day slump. Add these to your lunch to keep your mood lasting throughout the day.
Kale and Spinach. Leafy greens contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals like copper, potassium, iron and phosphorus, giving your body a major energy booster. Green=good.
Nuts. Almonds and cashews convert sugar into energy thanks to their high amounts of magnesium. A handful of these throughout the day will keep you happy.
Asparagus. Just like bananas, asparagus contains tryptophan which creates serotonin, creating mood-regulating neurotransmitters and in result, boosting your mood.
Goji berries. Goji berries help increase your ability to handle stress, increase your energy levels and enhance the release of hormones. They are magical.
Eggs. A great source of iron and protein, eggs are also full of B-vitamins which are responsible for converting food into energy that will last you from breakfast to bed time.
Bonus: What not to have when you’re in a good mood: caffeine. Don’t get us wrong, a cup of coffee is great as a quick energy boost, but if you have too much of it, your mind stops thinking clearly. Once that buzz has passed, you are left feeling tired and agitated, eventually reaching for another cup. Next time you feel like this, chug water instead.
What do you snack on to stay happy? Tell us below!