BY: BIJANKA ZUBONJA
It’s inevitable that some days you’re going to wake up and wish you didn’t have to get out of bed! Whether you’ve had little sleep, are feeling slightly under the weather or you’re just not ready to deal with life today – we’ve all been there!
Luckily, there are so many healthy options out there that will dramatically increase your mood and get you ready for what the day has prepared. Before you reach for that extra-shot large latte and a family-sized chocolate block – STOP.
Instead, keep reading for some healthy food alternatives that will make you feel better – instantly.
Arguably one of the most delicious fruits out there, avocado is full of healthy and nutritious goods for your body and mood. The natural hormone balancers in avocado will instantly lift your spirits and prepare you for your busy day ahead.
2) Dark Chocolate
This might be music to you ears but eating dark chocolate in moderation has some serious health benefits, and is undeniably a great mood-booster. The antioxidants found in dark chocolate help to reduces those pesky stress hormones and help you stay alert and focused. You can even treat yourself with something such as these chocolate chip cookies with low carbs.
3) Greek Yogurt
The high calcium in Greek yogurt alerts your body to release feel-good neutrotransmitters to keep your mood at an all-time high. As well as this, Greek yogurt is packed with high levels of CLA (a healthy fat that reduces stress) – so a bowl of this in the morning will have you prepared for the rest of the day!
4) Strawberries, oranges and mango
The vitamin C located in these 3 delicious fruits will boost your mood by decreasing depressive symptoms such as stress. Mix through with some Greek yogurt and there’s no stopping what you can achieve in the day!
As well as being incredibly nutritious and delicious, the exotic coconut fruit contains lauric acid which has been directly linked to happiness, clarity, and lower anxiety. Indulge in one of these and you’ll feel just as relaxed as if you were lying on a tropical beach!
We’ve all been told that nuts are the perfect healthy snack option when those afternoon cravings hit, but walnuts are also packed with omega-3 which improves brain function and dramatically lifts your mood. Say goodbye to 4 o’clock-itis
Using low-GI rolled oats, cooking your own porridge in the morning is a quick and easy nutritious breakfast option that keeps blood sugar levels low. As energy slumps are prevented you’ll feel motivated and ready to go throughout the entire day!
Combining high levels of elements like tryptophan and leucine, fruits such as dates increase serotonin levels to keep your mood elated throughout the day. Handy tip – if you’re trying to satisfy that sweet tooth opt for Medjool dates.
Containing four times more Vitamin C than oranges, guava is packed with healthy and nutritious benefits. Guava targets the thyroid to balance hormones and increase energy, while regular intake has been linked to lower anxiety and increase your mood.
10) Green Tea
The health and detoxifying benefits of green tea are plenty, but it’s also a great way to keep yourself happy and your mood high. Packed with theanine, a single mug will help relax your mind and free it of stress.
Do you have a favourite healthy food to boost your mood that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below!