The dark days of winter can do a number on your state of mind. We enlisted the help of registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist Amari Thomsen for solutions to brighten our moods in ways that are tastier than sitting in front of a lightbox.
It’s no surprise that chocolate is a natural mood booster. Not only does it taste great, but the cocoa found in chocolate increases brain serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant in the body. The small amount of caffeine in chocolate also provides a quick additional energy boost.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish—like salmon, tuna, and sardines—are important for healthy brain function and associated with a lower risk of depression.
Eggs are a great source of B vitamins, which affect neurotransmitters that impact mood, and vitamin D, which can aid in decreasing depression. Eggs are also a great source of protein, providing the body with sustainable energy and helping stabilize spikes in blood-sugar levels, which may be the underlying cause of a bad mood.
Amari Thomsen, MS, RD, writes about nutrition and fitness on her blog, Eat Chic Chicago.