Boost Your Mood With These Snacks
By Sara Butler
When it comes to snacking, there are definitely some foods that are superior to others. When it comes to snacking, the differences between good-for-you foods and bad-for-you foods becomes even wider. That's why, if you're going to choose something to snack on, then it should be foods that are good for you and can give your mood a little boost.
You probably didn't expect to see chocolate on this list, did you? It's important to note that it's not just any type of chocolate, but high-quality dark chocolate you should enjoy in moderation. That's because dark chocolate is low in sugar but high in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants that are good for you. Plus, dark chocolate encourages your body to release endorphins that naturally lifts your moods. Just make sure to choose chocolate that is at least 70 percent cocoa to get the healthiest option.
Popcorn, as long as it's not drenched in butter or swimming in salt, is good for you. It's a whole grain, after all, which is full of fiber. It also encourages your body to produce serotonin, which helps to boost your mood naturally.
Chickpeas are a great source of protein, but they also happen to be a great source of magnesium and Vitamin B6, which can help to reduce anxiety and help you have more energy by supporting neurotransmitter function to produce dopamine and serotonin. These two neurotransmitters help you to feel happy, so enjoy chickpeas in all the ways you can.
Bananas are quite possibly one of the most perfect foods on the planet. They're great for you, filling, and boost your mood with their combination of nutrients. If you can pair your bananas with a source of calcium such as cottage cheese, then it'll help you avoid a blood sugar crash, which can keep your mood up too. The carbohydrates in bananas help your brain to convert tryptophan into serotonin and that also helps to make your mood better.
Coconut chips, as well as fresh coconut, deliver medium-chain triglycerides. These are used by your brain as fuel that helps sustain energy to your brain and prevent any drops in mood. Just make sure if you choose coconut chips that you choose some that aren't made with fillers. Go au naturel and your brain will thank you for it.
Food is one way you can legitimately boost your mood -- if you know what to eat!
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