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What you eat is who you are. Food has the power to affect everything you do and how you do it. Food affects your brain, your mood, and your appearance.

The food you eat and the mood you are in are connected. So what are you eating? And how is the food you take affecting your mood and your life?

As you strive into a new day (everyday), here are a few mood-positive meals you should consider:

OATS: Oats are a whole grain that can keep you in good spirits all morning. They’re an excellent source of fiber. Fibre promises better mood and energy levels. This is attributed to more stable blood sugar levels, which is important for controlling mood swings and irritability.

NUTS and SEEDS: Nuts and seeds are high in plant-based proteins, healthy fats, and fiber. Nut intake is linked to lower depression (of up to 23%). Nuts are good sources of  zinc and selenium.

COFFEE: The world’s famous drink makes you happier too! Caffeine prevents tiredness, therefore increasing alertness and attention. It also increases the release of dopamine and norepinephrine which are mood-boosting.

BEANS: Excellent source of B Vitamins, beans is full of feel-good nutrients.

BANANA: Bananas contain prebiotics – and excellent source of fibre that feeds healthy bacteria in your gut, Also high in Vitamin B6, it allows for stable blood sugar and better mood control.

VEGETABLES: Of course! Boost your brain health and over-all health by having as much vegetables in your meals.

GREEN TEA: This contains mood-boosting nutrients like L-theanine, an amino acid that helps fight anxiety. 

CHIA SEEDS: You can simply sprinkle chia seeds in your meals. They are very versatile. They are a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, and contain a wealth of additional nutrients like protein, fibre, calcium and iron. This mood boosting food is also a good source of magnesium. Chia seeds is nature’s relaxant mineral, and it can help stress and anxiety.

culled: healthline, culinarynutrition.

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