Get a jumpstart on Spring with these 8 Mood Boosting Foods and Recipes.
Spring has FINALLY come!! It was an incredibly long winter and I have to be honest – we still have snow banks outside out house so it doesn’t really feel like Spring yet.
Weather and sunlight definitely affect my mood, and keeping my spirits up the last couple of months when it’s been so cold and dark hasn’t been easy. Eating the right foods and exercising can make all the difference in how we feel, mentally and physically.
I’ve put together a list of 8 Mood Boosting Foods and 20+ Mood Boosting Recipes this week to give us all a jump-start for Spring:
1. Whole grain pasta - carbohydrates in pasta temporarily raise brain levels of serotonin, one of the “happy hormones.” Try Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables.
2. Onions, garlic, leeks, scallions, shallots - these are in the allium family and help ensure proper blood flow to the brain. They’re also a top source of chromium, a key trace mineral for happiness. Try Simply Sauteed Leafy Greens, Stir-Fry Broccoli and Red Peppers, Roasted Cauliflower or other vegetables with garlic and onions.
3. Foods high in folate such as spinach, brussels sprouts, broccoli, bok choy, asparagus, beets, lentils, chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans and kidney beans. Try Asian Sesame Spinach Salad, Black Bean, Corn, Avocado Salsa, Kalamata Olive Hummus, Quinoa and Lentils with Mixed Green Salad, or Roasted Beet, Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad.
4. A variety of fruits and vegetables which are packed with key nutrients and phytochemicals. Try a Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Beets, Oranges and Pomegranate Seeds or Peach Kiwi Avocado Pepper Salsa.
5. Selenium rich foods, including whole grains, beans and legumes, lean meats, low-fat dairy foods, nuts and seeds and seafood (oysters, clams, sardines, fish, crab). Try this Quinoa, Chickpea, Roasted Beet, Sunflower Seed Salad, or Maryland-Style Shrimp and Crab Gumbo.
6. Omega-3 fatty acid rich seafood such as wild salmon, artic char, sardines, anchovies, herring, rainbow trout, oysters, mussels and shrimp. Try Chili Orange Roasted Salmon, Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon or Chopped Salmon Arugula Salad with Honey Wasabi Vinaigrette.
7. Vitamin D rich and Vitamin D enriched foods, including salmon and tuna, dairy products and egg yolks. Vitamin D supplements can also help. Try Tuna Marinara or Tuna, Plum Tomatoes and Olives with whole grain pasta.
What do you do to boost your mood? Please share!