Everyone has certain foods that make them happy. While Thin Mints, ice cream, and donuts might make you feel good, here are ten foods that have the same effect and are actually good for you!
- Popcorn. The texture can relieve stress and boost your mood. Skip the butter if you can, or at least leave it at just a drizzle. To give an added bit of protein and even more crunch, toss in some almonds.
- Pork. Served as a roast, chop, or pulled with barbecue sauce, pork is full of B vitamins that help fight stress. Not to mention you’ll also get a good dose of choline, a neurotransmitter that fuels brain power.
- Coffee. A cup or two of coffee before noon is a healthy move for most people. In moderate amounts, natural sources of caffeine enhance physical and mental performance.
- Low Fat Chocolate Milk. An Indiana University study found this provides a better energy boost than a sports drink. Just keep the serving size to 8 ounces.
- Eggs. These are one of the best foods for your temperament and brain. Egg yolks contain lecithin, which is great for brain cell health.
- Hot Cocoa. Yes, another chocolaty drink that is good for you! Natural, unprocessed cocoa lifts your mood and lowers your blood pressure. Stay away from Dutch processed, which removes these health benefits.
- Nuts. Purdue University studies found that nuts have a strong connection to keeping your sanity. People who eat nuts are less jittery, hungry, and stressed. Not to mention they are brain food since nuts are packed with choline, even more so than pork.
- Chocolate. Yes, there is a pattern here. This is the third time that we mention it! Lots of research has been done as to the benefits of chocolate, including the protection against aging brain cells.
- Turkey. It shouldn’t just be served at Thanksgiving. Turkey contains Tryptophan, an amino acid that causes serotonin production, thus improving your mood. Even better, it enhances cognitive performance during stressful times so you’ll be more alert.
- Whole Grains. The high fiber of these grains creates an even mood, fills you up, and lowers the risk of many diseases (stroke by 30-36%, diabetes by 21-30%, and heart disease by 25-28%)
Are you hungry yet? It’s time to run to the grocery store and stock up on some of these feel good foods. Just remember to leave room in your cart for other things besides chocolate!