Eat Yourself Happy — Good Mood Foods

1. Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish are not only an important structural component in our brain’s cell membrane, but they also play a vital role in brain development and signaling.

2. Berries

Berries are packed with antioxidants, such as anthocyanin’s (the pigment that gives blueberries their deep purple-blue color) that can help fight free radicals and combat oxidative stress in the body.

3. Dark Leafy Greens

Spinach and other dark leafy greens like kale, turnip greens, and collard greens contain the mineral magnesium which has been shown to increase serotonin levels and subsequently boost mood.

4. Walnuts

Walnuts are a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids which can aid in the reduction of inflammation of cells located in our brain as well as boost the brain’s serotonin levels (our feel-good hormone).

5. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in compounds that have been shown to improve mood. One of the specific compounds found in dark chocolate are flavonoids.

Be sure to pick up these 5 mood-boosting foods during your next grocery haul!

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Jasmine El Nabli

Jasmine El Nabli

Registered Dietitian and Health and Wellness Director