5 Delicious Mood Boosters You Can Try
By Amber Page
When you're feeling down in the dumps or otherwise off your game, it's often tempting to reach for ooey gooey comfort foods. But you really shouldn't. They might taste good, but those kinds of treats generally end up making you feel worse in the long run.
It's a much better idea to fix yourself a plate of superfoods -- healthy foods that contain vitamins, minerals, and other mood lifters.
But don't worry, that doesn't mean you have to force down a plate of asparagus or lentils. There are plenty of treats that taste good -- and are super good for you.
Chocolate Does a Body Good
The next time a bad day has you reaching for the chocolate, go ahead and give yourself permission. Studies indicate that dark chocolate can boost levels of serotonin -- chemical messengers in your brain that help you feel happier.
Wine Makes You Happier
Seriously. Researchers have found that consuming moderate levels of alcohol can have a measurable impact on your mood. And since red wine has also been proven to lower cholesterol, there's no reason not to indulge -- at least in moderation.
Coffee Can Perk You Up
It's not just the best part of waking up -- it's a great way to ward off depression. One longitudinal study found that females who drank coffee regularly over a decade had a lower risk of this serious mental issue. It's also great for your heart, your metabolism and your hair.
Peanut Butter Is a Proven Energy Booster
It's heart healthy. Full of protein. And has plenty of unsaturated (i.e., the good kind) of fat. Plus peanut butter is straight-up delicious. Put it on a sandwich, eat it by the spoonful (just not too many spoons) or get a double dose of mood boosters by combining it with chocolate.
If you're allergic to peanuts, almond and other nut butters will also do the trick. Or go straight to the source and eat a handful of nuts.
Avocado Toast is Actually Good for You
Turns out the millennials are on to something. Avocados are a bona fide super fruit. They can help lower your cholesterol, reduce your chance of cardiovascular disease, and fill you up with energy boosting protein and phytochemicals.
These are just a few of the many delicious foods out there that are as good for you as they are good tasting. And about that asparagus? It's a mood booster too.
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