3 Foods That Will Instantly Improve Your Mood (Not In The Stress-Eating Kind Of Way)

3 Foods That Will Instantly Improve Your Mood (Not In The Stress-Eating Kind Of Way)

Experts call the stomach your “second brain” for a reason: There’s a little world of neurons hanging out in there, ready to fire off feel-good messages straight to your head. Get them going with eat-the-rainbow meals designed to energise, calm, or boost your mood. Marcus Nilsson 1. FOR ENERGY: WILD SHRIMP SALAD WITH CHILI VINAIGRETTE This […]

by | May 10, 2018

Experts call the stomach your “second brain” for a reason: There’s a little world of neurons hanging out in there, ready to fire off feel-good messages straight to your head. Get them going with eat-the-rainbow meals designed to energise, calm, or boost your mood.

shrimp salad

Marcus Nilsson

1. FOR ENERGY: WILD SHRIMP SALAD WITH CHILI VINAIGRETTE

This salad will prep you for anything. It’s teeming with wild shrimp (low in cals, big in protein and iron to get you pumped), crunchy apples (for an all-natural sugar rush), and spicy peppers (loaded with capsaicins, compounds that stimulate the release of endorphins—the same chemicals that create a runner’s high!).

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Marcus Nilsson

2. FOR SMARTS: ANCHOVY TOAST WITH QUICK-PICKLED CARROTS

There are mind-blowing numbers of avo toast on insta. But if you’re after mind-sharpening, crown that crusty bread with anchovies. Yep, anchovies. These savory swimmers (boasting umami-rich flavor) are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can fuel your mind and enhance a positive mood. Top it off with multihued carrots—the more colors, the greater the range of vitamins—to get your fill of memory-improving flavonoids.

brownies

Marcus Nilsson

3. FOR HAPPINESS: BLACK BEAN-SWEET POTATO FUDGE BROWNIES

Brownies. The word alone conjures good moods. Chocolate itself decreases cortisol levels, but this batch eclipses the classic. One: it’s baked with sweet potatoes, which contain muscle-relaxing potassium and fiber, so you feel full faster. Two: Black beans are high in magnesium, which regulates the nervous system to help tame anxiety.

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This article originally appeared in Women’s Health US.

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