Feel Good Foods

Healthy, Recipes
on January 2, 2012
Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Attitude is everything—and your diet has everything to do with your attitude. Recent nutritional studies have shown certain foods not only have notable effects on your body, but on your mind, mood and energy levels too. Next time you decide to eat your feelings, be sure to eat the good ones by reaching for the following mood-boosting bites:

Brainy Beans: Head healthy selenium, folic acid, iron and protein all work together in beans to help them combat depression, give us energy and keep our blood sugars stabilized. Click the image above for recipe featuring beans.

Cheerful Chocolate: A small (1 oz.) indulgence of dark chocolate will get your brain’s endorphin chemicals flowing and spike your serotonin levels, resulting in a happier state of being. To reap these benefits, purchase a dense chocolate with a 70% or higher cocoa content.

Energizing Eggs: A great source of protein and vitamin D (the cheery vitamin we usually get from the sun), eggs will pull you out of a fatigued fog with a burst of energy. Click the image above for a recipe featuring eggs.

Spirit Soaring Salmon: This pink fatty fish is a chief heavyweight on the brain-circuit thanks to its unusually high omega-3 fatty acid content. The essential fat has been linked to decreasing the risks of dementia and depression. See below for our featured salmon recipe.

—By Emily Arno

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