Winter’s gray days and long nights can leave you feeling tired and unmotivated. Whether you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder or you’re just a little down, head to your pantry for a pick-me-up. These seven natural and organic foods can help you boost your mood and eat away the winter blues.
- Dark chocolate - It’s good for your mood– in moderation, of course. Dark chocolate contains Phenylethylamine (that’s a mouthful), the same feel-good endorphin that’s released when people fall in love. Try some natural orange peels covered in dark chocolate; the immune-boosting vitamin C is an added perk.
- Rosemary – This aromatic herb has been shown to make you feel more content and increase awareness – it’s also chock full of health-boosting essential vitamins. Add some Simply Organic Rosemary Leaf to your favorite dishes or take the herb as a supplement.
- Whole Wheat Bread – Start your day with whole grains. Complex carbohydrates found in whole grains help you stay full longer, so you feel satisfied and relaxed, not hungry and irritable. Try baking your own whole wheat bread with Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Bread Mix – learning something new feels good too.
- Walnuts – These nuts are a rich plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a healthy, happy brain. Walnuts are reported to reduce feelings of sadness, pessimism and anxiety. Snack on these Walnut KIND Bars – they’re also full of protein, which will help you feel alert.
- Turmeric – This bright yellow spice and powerful anti-inflammatory has been shown to help you feel less stressed. Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in curry powder, so have some Indian for dinner tonight and relax a little. Opt for organic spice with curry powder from McCormick.
- Apples – These crisp, juicy fruits are full of fiber – about a quarter of our recommended daily intake. Fiber keeps your energy steady throughout the day and prevents you from feeling sluggish. Have some natural Apple-2-the-Core Apple Snacks at hand for whenever you need some extra energy.
- Shiitake Mushrooms – Bad mood? You might be low on selenium. Low selenium levels have been linked to anxiousness and irritability. These organic shiitake mushrooms are packed with selenium and can be just the thing to get you out of a funk– plus, they’re perfect for a creamy, wintery soup.
Kate Webb is a writer and editor at Vine.com, a one-of-a-kind shopping destination for natural, organic and sustainably-made products. Vine.com’s mission is to make healthy, green living easy and convenient – with lightning-fast delivery in two days or less. Customers also enjoy 24/7 award-winning customer service, free shipping on orders of $49 or more, and free returns for up to a year after purchase.