Food can be the source of a lot of pleasure in our lives, whether it's gathering for meals with family, cooking for friends or simply indulging in a spot of comfort eating once in a while. But did you know that nutritionists have found that certain foods can also make you happier? Here are five foods which will make you jump for joy. Bon appetite!
We're not ones to promote junk foods here at Natural Balance Foods, but if you enjoy the odd bit of chocolate why not go for dark chocolate, as a guilt free alternative? Dark chocolate is said to boost concentration and increase blood flow to the brain, giving you an instant lift. Not only that, but it comes without the 'sugar crash' that can come after its sweeter milk chocolate counterparts.
Our Trek range of protein bars are packed full of protein rich soy pieces and tryptophan, an amino acid which helps serotonin production. Serotonin helps with mood, sleep patterns and regulating appetite which all contribute to a happier lifestyle. Another way to get this amino acid in your diet is by snacking on protein rich foods such as turkey, shellfish and nuts or seeds.
Here's a food you can combine with other mood boosters we've mentioned such as eggs or turkey. Asparagus is rich in tryptophan but they also contain another happy ingredient: folate. Low levels of folate have been known to cause depression, so by eating more asparagus you'll be ticking another box on the happiness check-list. To keep nutrients locked in, asparagus should ideally be grilled, fried or roasted.
If you’d like to know more about good mood foods and other healthy snacks, why not browse the articles in our healthy living section?