Though their findings are debated, studies show some vitamins and mineralslike vitamin Bcan boost your mood. Try these 10 mood-boosting meals that taste as good as they will make you feel.
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Though their findings are debated, several studies show that a lack of certain vitamins and minerals may put you at risk for depression. Try these 10 nutrient-rich meals that taste as good as they make you feel.
Salmon Salad With Vinaigrette
Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids may have therapeutic benefits in depressed children. And this savory salmon dish contains 6 grams of this monounsaturated fat.
Ingredients: Green beans, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, extra virgin olive oil, minced shallots, salmon fillets, mixed salad greens, Vidalia onion, eggs
Eating a carbohydrate-rich meal may increase levels of serotonin, one of the chemicals in our body responsible for elevating mood. This spicy dish will wow your taste buds and pack in some omega-3s too.
Though chocolate can ease a sweet tooth, research has shown it is more likely to prolong a bad mood than ease it. However, this dessert, which combines wholesome whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and antioxidant-rich chocolate, is a healthy way to indulge.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, baking soda, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, dark chocolate chips, unsalted almonds
This hot and spicy dish is full of protein, fiber, and nearly 25% of your daily folate needs. Folate is important for mood, because low levels of this vitamin have been associated with increased rates of depression.
This bean salad contains selenium, a micro-mineral that protects against free-radical damage and lowers inflammation. A small study even found that high amounts of selenium helped patients with mild-to-moderate depression.
Ingredients: Green onions, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice