Unfortunately there are no foods can completely cure a bad day well except for cheesecake, but there are a ton of healthy options with amazing, mood-boosting ingredients. Make sure your diet is rich in these eight foods to reap those feel-good benefits.
Strawberries, Oranges, and Mango
Vitamin C has serious immune-boosting power, but did you also know that it can boost your mood? This powerful antioxidant has been shown to decrease depressive symptoms by helping your body stop the buildup of free radicals and recover faster from stress (talk about impressive). So start your day off with a bowl of strawberries, oranges, mango and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
Walnuts and Pumpkin Seeds
To keep those good feelin’ vibes going, you’ll want to indulge in a mid-morning snack, like a handful of walnuts or pumpkin seeds. They’re both loaded with omega-3’s, which have been shown to improve mood and feelings of self-worth. That means these babies satisfy your hunger andward off feelings of doom and gloom.
If you’ve made smart food choices all morning long, you’re probably doing cartwheels to the water cooler, but don’t slow your roll quite yet. It’s lunchtime and you might be craving something hearty. As a matter of fact, that mac ‘n cheese we mentioned earlier is sounding pretty darn good. Instead of going for that bowl of melted cheese, grab some barley with pepper, turmeric and even some roasted broccoli and asparagus to make this a savory dish. Barley is a complex carbohydrate, which helps stimulate your brain to release serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone. And trust us, these carbs will do much more for your body than that cheese-covered macaroni.
Lunch left you feeling pretty satisfied, but now you’re reaching the end of your workday and the patience of your noggin and stomach is starting run low. Grab some celery. The satisfying crunch will allow you to release stress and cause your blood vessels to relax. Research has shown that celery contains a chemical (3-n-butylphthalide), which lowers the concentration of stress hormones in the blood, ultimately causing your body to stress less. Dip your stalks in hummus for some extra protein to keep you satisfied until dinner rolls around.