When reaching for a pick-me-up on a gray winter day, skip the cookies and instead choose a healthy alternative that offers a boost to both mood and energy. Stock up on good-mood foods so that at the first sign of a sinking spell, you’ll be ready to:
Peel a banana and chew on a slew of benefits, including fructose; fiber; vitamins B6, A and C; tryptophan; potassium; phosphorous; iron; protein and healthy carbohydrates.
Enjoy a handful of walnuts, an omega-3 rich food that also provides a dose of vitamin B6, tryptophan, protein and folate. (They are also a great addition to a quick salad.)
Take in a taste of dark chocolate. Rich in antioxidants, chocolate can offer a temporary mood improvement, thanks to its sugar, fat, caffeine and phenylethylamine – a chemical in the brain that releases the endorphins that produce all the happy feelings.