Do you find eating chocolates comforting if you are sad? Does a cup of strong coffee drives away any Monday morning blues? Read on to know more on the 10 foods to set your mood right and which of these food items are healthy to indulge in without any weight gain worries.
The comfort foods as we know them do provide temporary relief from bad moods, but they also help in piling kilos to the body. Many of us inadvertently reach out for a bar of chocolate when we feel a bit under the weather but most of these mood enhancing foods are rich in sugar & calories.
Discussed below are some of the foods that are excellent to set your mood right and still are low on the calories front.
Dark Chocolate: Chocolates reign over the mood-enhancing food categories and contain chemicals which help in improving mood. Dark chocolate contains higher percentage of cocoa and less percentage of sugar than the regular milk chocolate. The flavanoids and anti-oxidants present in the dark chocolate, help in reducing the chances of cancer, heart diseases and blood clotting in the body.
Yogurt: Besides being a powerhouse of calcium, proteins and Vitamin B12, yogurt contains good bacteria which aid the body in quick digestion and prevents the stomach against infections. A bowl of yogurt with added honey is a good way of enhancing your mood.
Water: Although water cannot be classified as a food item, water plays a crucial role in efficient functioning of the body. Lack of water leads to dehydration and dehydration can cause stress.
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are credited with reducing the stress levels in the body. In place of a pastry or any sugar rich cake, dig into the roasted, mashed or boiled sweet potatoes. As the sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, fibre and beta-carotene, the sweet potatoes help in keeping you happy for a longer time.
Nuts: Various types of nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts are loaded with vitamins. The nutrients present in some of these nuts are said to improve the immune system and help in reducing stress.
Dried Apricots: Apricots are rich in natural sugars and vitamins such as Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps in curbing the formation of free radicals and thus relieving the body of stress. Dried apricots is a good way to settle the sugar cravings.
Fish: Fish is an excellent source of omega -3 fatty acids, Vitamin B 12 and proteins. Vitamin B 12 contains serotonin which is said to help in balancing the emotional level and helps in calming one’s nerves.
Asparagus: Asparagus has large amounts of magnesium and folic acids which are known to improve mood. The asparagus is low in calories and does not contain cholesterol. They make for a perfect mid meal snack.
Oranges: Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants which prevent the formation of free radicals. When the body is stressed, free radicals are developed. Vitamin C helps in de-stressing the body by preventing formation of free radicals.
Green Vegetables: Green vegetables such as broccoli contains huge amounts of Vitamin B and folic acid which help in relieving the body of stress and reduces panic, anxiety etc. Many green vegetables contain potassium which also aids in relieving the body of stress.
Now you can eat some of these mood enhancing foods and can stop worrying about any extra calories or sugars when you indulge in some of the above mentioned treats.