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Foods that Make you Feel as Good as they Look

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September 30, 2014 / English / By
Nicola

We all know about the importance of healthy eating, but our diet has an effect on more than just our bodily systems. The food we choose to eat actually plays a large role in defining our moods, as well. This means that feeling down or irritable is entirely preventable; boosting your mood is something that you can do very easily. Here's an overview of some of the best foods to try if you want to stay positive and upbeat.

Leafy greens

Leafy green vegetables aren't thought of as being particularly appetising. In fact, many people (children included) turn their noses up at vegetables such as spinach, Swiss chard and cabbage. However, they are packed full of essential vitamins which help your body to produce serotonin - the stuff that makes you feel good. There are hundreds of recipes out there with ideas on how to turn leafy green vegetables into something delicious, so you can have a meal which tastes good as well as makes you feel good!

Oily fish

'TWB-The Wine Bar, Baked Sardine Filets' by N Wong, via Flickr

It's a well-known fact that oily fish aids brain function, if it is eaten regularly. Salmon, sardines, mussels and oysters are just a few examples of oily fish and shellfish which can do you a world of good. They're all packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which protect both your brain and your heart. Using the shellfish as examples, there's a whole host of other benefits to eating oily fish as well. Mussels and oysters contain several different minerals which are essential for your thyroid; eating them will keep you happy and full of energy.

Dark chocolate

I bet all you ladies out there can wax lyrical about how good chocolate can make you feel! However, there is actually some science behind it. Eating dark chocolate causes your body to release endorphins, which give you the same sense of pleasure as you'd get from opiates. It's pretty powerful stuff! A word of warning, though: eat chocolate in moderation. Although it can have beneficial, mood-boosting properties, it does also contain dairy products, which can lead to weight gain. Choose a chocolate with as high a cocoa content as possible - it's healthier than the milkier stuff, and it's bitter enough that you won't be driven to eat too much of it in one go!

Grains

'Sprouting barley' by subberculture, via Flickr

This bracket covers several different types of grain, including cereal grains and whole grains. Increasing your consumption of grains such as oats, barley, rye, quinoa and millet (to name just a few examples) will make you feel great and keep going for longer. These foods will release their energy slowly, meaning that you won't be tempted to snack between meals. This has another benefit: your blood sugar levels will remain steady, so you won't experience the crash that comes after a sugar rush.


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