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Feel-Good Foods To Boost Your Mood

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10.15.14

Hungry + Angry = Hangry. It’s a word for a reason. Trying to clean the house or work from home on an empty stomach can be a serious problem.

If you want to curb your appetite and improve your mood, skip the popcorn and reach for mood-boosting snacks, instead.

Here’s a list of seven snacks you should keep in the house to return your mind and body to a happy place:

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is jam-packed with calcium, and calcium isn’t just for strong bones. It also promotes nerve function and your ability to form blood clots. Plus, yogurt also has healthy fat in it to curb your appetite.

Apples and Peanut Butter

Let’s get technical. This combo is a carb combined with a protein, which is a great way to get out of a slump and back in action. The protein from the peanut butter will satisfy hunger, and the carbs from the apple will cause an immediate production of serotonin.

Pumpkin Seeds

This fall favorite helps produce dopamine, one of the happy brain chemicals that makes you giggle. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, grab a handful of pumpkin seeds to put a smile on your face. If you’ve got real hunger pains, throw some seeds in peanut butter.

Cashews

Cashews are high in protein and tryptophan, which is an amino acid that aids in serotonin production (a chemical in the brain that turns frowns upside down). If you’re feeling weak or hungry, cashews are a healthy way to get a burst of energy.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate promotes increased focus and improves blood flow to the brain. If you want to zone in and get some work done, grab a chocolate bar (70 percent cacao or above, ideally!) to help you demolish your to-do list.

Bananas

A vitamin B boost will surely improve a sour mood. Plus, bananas are easy to eat on the go, so they’re perfect for a busy day.

Leafy Greens

Feel-good greens like spinach, brussel sprouts and asparagus are high in folate, which aids the brain in synthesizing positive-mood chemicals like dopamine. So, if you’re feeling hangry, opt for a salad.

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