Good Mood Foods

Did you know that everything we eat can help or hinder our health? Nutrition plays a powerful role in our physical as well as mental and emotional well-being. The good news is that we can improve our mood and overall health with consistent healthy dietary changes!

Fight Anxiety With Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There is an increasing amount of research that support Omega-3s as key for brain health & helping to fight anxiety and depression. The body relies on healthy fats, such as omega-3s, for healthy brain, cell, tissue and hormone function. Sources of omega-3s include seafood such as salmon as well as plant-based sources such as walnuts, leafy greens, flaxseeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds. Next time you’re at the grocery store, stock up on some of these omega-3 rich foods! You can also try Hilary’s Hemp & Greens Burger!

Relax With Whole-Grains

Whole-grains are packed with b-vitamins, also known as the body’s energy vitamins, because they help turn the food we consume into fuel our body can use. Whole grains are also naturally rich in a nutrient known as tryptophan, which is essential for the body to produce serotonin and melatonin. You may be familiar with serotonin, which is commonly known as the “feel-good hormone” because it can help the body and the brain relax and can act as a natural anti-depressant. Melatonin is key for healthy sleep cycles. Sources of whole grains include: oats, brown rice, quinoa, whole-wheat, bulgur, barley, rye, buckwheat and millet. Naturally gluten-free whole grains include quinoa, brown rice, certified gluten-free oats and millet! (Did you know that Hilary’s Veggie Burgers are made with Organic Whole-Grain Cooked Millet?)

Feel Happy With Chocolate

Cacao beans, which make chocolate, are packed with nutrients that can help stimulate endorphins within the body. Endorphins essentially bring on the feeling of happiness and pleasure! The higher the percentage of chocolate, the more of the natural cacao bean retained, which means the more health benefits! Therefore, choose dark chocolate over white or milk chocolate.

Avoid Irritability With Water

When we think about improving our diet, often we focus on food. However, proper hydration is key for our overall health as well! Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, irritability, difficulty making decisions, a slow and sluggish metabolism and that’s just naming a few symptoms! Filtered or distilled water and organic herbal teas (which are decaffeinated) are the best liquids to stay hydrated. Also, consuming water dense foods such as fruits and vegetable is also a great way to stay hydrated!

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