5 Science-Backed Mood Foods
✨ Foods for a Better Mood ✨
Kids or teens feeling grumpy, sluggish, or just plain blah?
🥣 Foods can have a powerful effect on your mood (both good and bad), so let’s start there.
Some people grab foods they *think* make them feel good (ice cream anyone?) but end up feeling worse once the sugar rush wears off.
How about next time, think about reaching for one of these science-backed foods to improve your mood:
One study found wild blueberry juice improved mood in children and young adults within one hour of drinking it!
Walnuts not only contain omega-3s but also a natural source of serotonin! One study found that half a cup of walnuts per day improved mood in college-aged men.
🥬 Green Leafy Veggies
Swiss chard, spinach, and kale are packed with phytonutrients that combat inflammation—a known contributor to low mood.
🐟 Fatty Fish
Fish like salmon, anchovies, sardines, herring, and cod contain omega-3 fatty acids that fight inflammation and support a healthy mood.
🍫 Dark Chocolate
There’s a “bliss molecule” in the brain called anandamide. Guess what? It’s also in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate also has magnesium, which is needed to produce serotonin.
I’m not suggesting food is a quick fix, but if you get in the habit of grabbing healthy mood food, you’re sure to notice the effects over time.
And If you’re looking for a complete dietary plan?
Check out the Mediterranean Diet. It has the most research and evidence to show it supports mood.