It’s mid-afternoon and you’re tired with far too much work to do, or maybe you’re just hungry and need a boost. With these four foods, you’ll leave your kitchen happier, refreshed, and reenergized.
Oatmeal is a comfort food, it is easy to digest and good for you. It only takes about twenty minutes to digest a bowl of oatmeal, and its full of fiber too. The carbohydrates in oatmeal, when digested by your body, result in tryptophan entering your brain. What that means is that serotonin can be produced in your brain, which makes you happy and calm. Eating a bowl of oatmeal will give you fiber, comfort, and happy chemicals. However, the gloopy texture of oatmeal can be a downside. Don’t cook your oatmeal for as long and add some peanut butter or other nuts and some berries to make a delicious, healthy treat.
Isn’t it great to hear that something as delicious is pineapple will boost your mood? Pineapple is a quick source of sugar for your body, and has about a tenth of your daily fiber too. What makes pineapple even better is it will hydrate you as well as provide manganese and B vitamins. Eat pineapple plain or with cereal, it’s great in fruit salads too. Top a normal salad with pineapple for that matter, any way you slice it, pineapple is a great way to perk up your attitude.
Speaking of hydration, water is your best friend for feeling and looking great. If you’re feeling sluggish and slow, chances are you could be dehydrated. Water is necessary for just about every process in your body, think about it: you’re almost 80% water. Without enough water you can feel tired, foggy, and get headaches. Keep a water bottle with you at your desk, at the gym, or even just in your purse. Drinking at least 40oz of water daily (that’s at least five 8oz. cups) will keep you looking great and feeling energized.
Chocolate! What kind of good mood foods list would be complete without chocolate? Not only is it delicious, chocolate releases endorphins in your brain. Serotonin and the alkaloids in chocolate, like phenylethylamine, are sure to enhance your mood when you’re feeling a bit down. And, even better news, dark chocolate is good for you! About a square a day will reduce your chance of having a stroke as well as lower your blood pressure. Chocolate is delicious and functional!
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