7 Foods to Banish Winter Blues

Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, eating walnuts can help reduce feelings of sadness, pessimism and anxiety. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, eating walnuts can help reduce feelings of sadness, pessimism and anxiety. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Less sunlight got you feeling down? Try adding these foods to your diet for a wintertime pick-me-up (via Care2.com):

  1. Dark chocolate. It’s good for your mood– in moderation, of course. That’s because dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the same feel-good endorphin that’s released when you fall in love.
  2. Rosemary. This aromatic herb has been shown to make you feel more content and increase awareness – it’s also chock full of essential vitamins. Try adding some to a chicken, pasta or rice dishes, or taking it as a daily supplement.
  3. Whole wheat bread. Start your day with whole grains. Complex carbohydrates found in whole grains help you stay full longer, so you feel satisfied and relaxed, not hungry and irritable. For a fun project, try baking your own whole wheat bread. Bonus: it’ll make your whole house smell delicious.
  4. Walnuts. These nuts are a rich plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a healthy, happy brain. Walnuts can reduce feelings of sadness, pessimism and anxiety. Munch on a handful, or enjoy them in a salad.
  5. Turmeric. This bright yellow spice is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been proven to help you feel less stressed. It’s also one of the main ingredients in curry powder, so have some Indian for dinner tonight and relax a little.
  6. Apples. These crisp, juicy fruits are full of fiber, which keeps your energy steady throughout the day and prevents you from feeling sluggish. Try enjoying apple slices with peanut butter for a healthy and energizing snack.
  7. Shiitake mushrooms. Bad mood? You might be low on selenium, which can lead to anxiousness and irritability. Shiitake mushrooms are rich in selenium and can be just the thing to get feeling calmer. Try them in creamy, wintery soup for a comforting meal.

 

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