If you think chocolate and coffee are the only edible items that can make you happy, think again. New Woman gives you a list of super foods that boost your mood.
1 Fish: Eating fish such as tuna, sardines, salmon and trout can actually boost your mood. They increase the concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in your body, which can raise serotonin in the brain making you feel happy or relaxed. They also make your skin luminous and hair glossy.
2 Eggs: Eggs are a good source of vitamins and proteins. They also have choline, a neuro-transmitter which helps beat depression and boosts your mood. Throw in some cherry tomatoes and green veggies to your poached or boiled eggs to add health and taste to your snack.
3 Tea: It might come as a surprise to you but tea is one of the most important foods that help you beat depression. If you thought green tea helps you lose weight, you were never wrong. You can also have ginger tea with honey to soothe your nerves.
4 Asparagus: Asparagus contains tryptophan and folate which are necessary to produce neuro-transmitters that affect your mood and behaviour. It is not found very easily in local markets. You can add it to any meal you’re cooking to make it healthy and delectable. For example, add a cup of boiled asparagus to your favourite pasta. You can also add this to poached eggs to make a perfect breakfast for yourself.
6 Nuts: Walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds are the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids which help to uplift your mood. Eat them raw or add them to your food. You can also prepare a scrumptious dessert for your loved one or yourself and add a dash of nuts to it.
7 Berries: Now who doesn’t like berries! We all love biting into strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries to our heart’s content. Adding them to your breakfast cereal is a great way to stay happy and healthy. The antioxidants in berries help your body fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals that can lead to illness. They also improve your health and protect your skin and hair.
8 Leafy veggies: If you’re someone who cringes at the sight of green leafy vegetables, you need to think again. Sneak some veggies into a smoothie or have them in a salad.