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Foods to Instantly Boost your Mood

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Jan 18, 2016
Foods to Instantly Boost your Mood

Instead of indulging in caffeine or chocolate to overcome the midday blues, have you ever thought about other stress reducing foods? The scenario usually goes something like this: Around 4 PM, you are at work and tired of staring at a computer screen, the struggle is definitely real. Searching for a quick fix, you ultimately turn to sugar and caffeine which instantly allows your body to experience an adrenaline rush.

All good in theory, however, it’s extremely important that we fuel our bodies with healthy foods instead of quick uppers such as chocolate, caffeine and sugar-filled snacks. Initially they will do the trick but in the long run, your body will crash and burn, leaving you more fatigued than you were originally. Take a glimpse at a few energy boosting foods that will help you power through the day in the best mood.

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Coconut: Feeling a bit sluggish or blue? Coconuts consist of medium chain triglycerides that serve as a nutritious source for producing energy, quickly and efficiently.

Salmon: Looking for the right nutrients for brain functionality, energy production and increased circulation? Salmon is essential in omega-3 fatty acids and is also great for maintaining heart health.

Banana: Super rich in potassium and Vitamin B, bananas are one of the best fruits to supply your body with a sustained release of energy. The vitamins and carbs obtained when indulging a banana helps to balance your blood sugar levels, slow down your digestive track and initiate a sense of fullness.

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Eggs: Start your morning off right, with an egg or two and receive the nutrients of iron and protein your body needs. Packed with natural rich B-vitamins it will sustain your energy throughout the working day.

Lentils: Incorporating lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas into your lunchtime meal can help alleviate the mid-day crashes we’ve all experienced before. Legumes also maintain your blood sugar levels to help create long-lasting endurance.

Asparagus: A plant-based source full of tryptophan an amino acid responsible for generating serotonin, a neurotransmitter that serves as one of the leading emotional regulators for the brain.

Ginger Tea: Full of amazing antioxidants and nutrients to give your early afternoons a serious breakthrough. Ginger-tea does the body good! If you want to add some extra oomph, don’t forget to squeeze a slice of lemon to top it off. (In case your heart desires to learn more about the health benefits of tea) #thankmelater

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Be cautious of the types of cuisines ingested because as you can see mood and food go together, hand in hand, nuts and quinoa also do the trick. Hopefully, you are better equipped to resist the temptation of grabbing a quick chocolate snack or an instant cup of coffee when your mood is giving off a major attitude.