Message from the RDs: Beat the Winter Blues & Eat Your Way Happier

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I’m a happiness research junkie. I adore adding healthy habits to my life that elevate my mood (especially during the holiday season!) Waking up to gratitude, laughing, sufficient sleep and surrounding myself with happy people all help. Get this: research shows you can also eat your way happier!

Add these 4 “better mood foods” to your daily diet regimen to stave off the winter blues for a happier you. – Jessica Dogert, FFC Registered Dietician

Probiotic-Rich Foods

Probiotics have been found to be promising treatments for anxiety & depression. Fascinating! Build an army of good gut bacteria by becoming a fermented foodie. Stock up on probiotic powerhouses including: miso, sauerkraut, kefir & kombucha. Ideas–> Miso Dressing: Mix miso paste (fermented soybeans) w/ tahini & warm water. Perfect for salads. Kombucha Margarita: Mix kombucha (fermented tea), tequila & fresh lime juice. Cheers!

Fruits & Veggies

Researchers found that a higher intake of produce resulted in more energy, calm, and a greater sense of happiness with the magic number being 7 daily servings. To use produce to elevate your mood, start early. Add-on a low sugar green juice alongside your usual AM brewing routine. Next morning, repeat!

Dark Chocolate

As if you even needed a reason to indulge in decadent dark chocolate, researchers found eating an ounce and a half of dark chocolate daily for 2 weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in people who rated themselves as highly stressed. 1) The flavonoids in dark chocolate relax blood vessels & improve circulation. 2) Dark chocolate contains magnesium, a mighty mineral that has been shown to help fight depression and relieve irritability. 3) Dark chocolate’s unique natural substances trigger a sense of euphoria that’s similar to the fabulous feeling of being in love! Smear 1 tsp. of raw almond butter on a dark chocolate square as a daily conscious indulgence. PS: be sure it’s at least 70% cacao to reap the bountiful benefits.

Green Tea

Researchers found that levels of psychological stress were 20% lower in people who consistently drank green tea daily. Meet matcha: green tea’s peppy cousin. It’s more concentrated, which means higher amounts of nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and chlorophyll. Try these oh so trendy coconut matcha energy bars!