4 Diet Hacks to Boost Your Mood

 

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Is what you’re eating affecting your mood? Believe it or not, food is a key factor in emotional wellness. By integrating these recipes into your diet, you can positively impact your daily temperament.

If you just can’t seem to shake your bad mood lately, you may want to consider whether or not what you’re eating has anything to do with it. It’s a known fact that your body processes some foods better than others, but did you know that what you eat has the potential to impact your emotional health and wellness? Here are some recipes that include mood boosting foods – try incorporating them into your diet if you keep waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

1. Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Greek yogurt is incredibly rich in protein, and has the potential to raise levels of dopamine and norepinephrine (two mood-boosting chemicals) in your brain. Greek yogurt also contains probiotics which, in addition to preventing infection, can have a positive impact on your mood. What makes this recipe even better is that it contains blueberries, another mood boosting food that inhibits the production of cortisol (the “stress hormone”) in your body. This a quick and simple recipe that will give you the push you need to start your day. Simply blend the Greek yogurt with an egg, add the dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Scoop the batter into a pan, dot with blueberries and cook the pancakes until they are golden brown.

Get the full recipe here.

2. Salmon Club with Avocado Butter

Sandwich with avocado and smoked salmon on a black wooden board

Salmon is a fatty fish that is packed with protein and omega 3s. Omega 3s are essential to brain function for the way that they metabolize protein in your body and current research suggests that they also impede symptoms associated with depression. Avocados are similar for the way that they produce serotonin (another “feel good” chemical) in the brain because of how loaded they are with vitamin B, folic acid and tryptophan – an amino acid that assists in the metabolic process of breaking down proteins – resulting in an energy boost. This is this perfect lunchtime meal that will help you power through the rest of your day. Simply combine the avocado with lemon juice, butter, oregano and kosher salt in a food processor until smooth. Season and cook your salmon according to the recipe, and then you’re ready to put your sandwich together with the remaining ingredients.

Get the full recipe here.

3. Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

Organic Grilled Black Bean Burger with Tomato and Lettuce

Sweet Potatoes are complex carbohydrates, that once metabolized, facilitate the production of serotonin in the brain and boost your energy levels, and this rings true for brown rice and black beans as well – both of which are proven mood boosters rich in selenium, and both of which are present in this recipe. If you’re not a fan of brown rice, it may be easily substituted for quinoa in the recipe, turning this meal into an excellent source of protein. Better yet, this recipe is incredibly simple. Bake and mash the sweet potato, combine with beans, onions and rice (or quinoa – whatever your preference), mold into patties and bake again. Top burgers with red onions and avocado for an extra boost. This is a vegan, gluten free recipe that’s sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

Get the full recipe here.

4. Vegan Chocolate-Covered Banana Almond Butter Bites

Hand-dipped, chocolate Martha Washington candy (also know as chocolate bon-bons) layed out on wax paper in rows to dry.

Whether it’s a midday bite or a treat before bed, these chocolate banana bites are the perfect on-the-go snack at all times of the day that’s sure to boost your mood. Dark chocolate naturally facilitates the production of endorphins in the human brain – those which enhance mood and inhibit stress – in addition to serotonin. Additionally, dark chocolate, like blueberries, has a role in slowing down the production of cortisol in the body. It doesn’t end there – bananas are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates crucial to maintaining blood sugar and energy levels. If you have an hour to spare, these bites are definitely worth keeping in your freezer, and super easy to make. Simply peel and slice your bananas, and in a small bowl, combine the almond butter and applesauce. Put the mixture between two banana slices and freeze. After some time, melt your chocolate chips and coat your banana bites, and freeze once more. Freeze once more and enjoy!

Get the full recipe here.

 

Incorporating superfoods into your diet is a great way to boost your nutrition. Another way to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need is through supplements. Find out which supplements would benefit you the most by taking a free consultation here.

About Raven Hicks

 

Raven is an undergraduate student at Hunter College earning her BA in English Literature, Linguistics and Rhetoric and Women and Gender Studies with plans to graduate Spring 2017. Raven is an informed advocate for physical and emotional wellness, in addition to change surrounding issues of social justice. When not at school, she works as an intern for The Path’s Editorial team and as a senior explainer at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. Her interests include reading, writing, acting and browsing the web. In the near future, Raven hopes to become a published author that inspires change through the power of her voice.

 

About Raven Hicks

Raven is an undergraduate student at Hunter College earning her BA in English Literature, Linguistics and Rhetoric and Women and Gender Studies with plans to graduate Spring 2017. Raven is an informed advocate for physical and emotional wellness, in addition to change surrounding issues of social justice. When not at school, she works as an intern for Innovation Department’s Editorial team and as a senior explainer at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. Her interests include reading, writing, acting and browsing the web. In the near future, Raven hopes to become a published author that inspires change through the power of her voice.