1. 1. Protein
Focus on turkey, chicken, fish and eggs. Tofu, beans, avocados and nuts are all good vegetarian alternatives.
2. 2. Green Tea
Green tea, of all flavors, will help relax your body and stimulate your brain waves.
3. 3. Bananas
Bananas help stimulate serotonin, the neurotransmitter in your brain that triggers happiness.
4. 4. Pineapples
If bananas aren’t your thing, pineapples can also help trigger the “happy-mood.”
5. 5. Dark Chocolate
The cocoa in the chocolate helps increase serotonin levels. The trick is to eat dark chocolate in moderation so that you do not crash later on.
6. 6. Spinach
Although spinach might not give you Popeye’s super-strength, it is proven to improve your mood.
7. 7. Berries
Berries, which are rich in Vitamin C, help reduce stress and anxiety.
8. 8. Hot Sauce
The pain you feel on your tongue after eating hot sauce releases endorphins which can improve your mood. The hotter the hot sauce the more endorphins will be released.
9. 9. Guacamole
Technically it is the avocado and tomatoes in this appetizer that will help make you happier. Avocados are high in protein, and tomatoes are a good source of serotonin.
10. 10. Cheddar Cheese
Cheddar cheese can help your body produce more serotonin. Don’t like eating just cheese? Make broccoli and cheddar cheese soup, as broccoli is also proven to help boost your mood.
11. 11. Mushrooms
The lack of sunlight during the winter is linked to a deficit in Vitamin D. Luckily enough, mushrooms, specifically mushrooms exposed to UV-light, are high in Vitamin D.
12. 12. Walnuts
High in Omega-3 fats, these nuts are proven to help fight the risk of depression.
13. 13. Honey
Honey is said to help mental health by relaxing the body. It helps fight insomnia and depression.
14. 14. Greek Yogurt
Calcium can help reboot your brain by releasing serotonin.
These are just a few foods to help boost your mood during the gloomy winter days. Avoiding an excess of caffeine, alcohol, white rice, and white bread can also help improve your mood. Go forth and enjoy!