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7 Foods for Winter Blues

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.

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred H4 years ago

Thank you Healthy Living Editors, for Sharing this!

sandra g.
sandra g4 years ago

the best way to mantain body in harmony , thanks

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim4 years ago

Natural and organic foods are always beneficial to health.

Ann T.
Ann T4 years ago

thank you as always for good info on how to care for my body, mind and spirit.

Kate W.
Kate W.4 years ago

Hello everyone!

Here's the creamy winter mushroom soup recipe that I use:

It's especially tasty if you use a variety of mushrooms - dried and fresh work equally well. For a vegetarian version, just substitute veggie stock for the chicken stock and for a non-dairy option, replace the half and half with coconut milk. If you don't have sherry lying around the house, cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar will do just fine.

Donnaa D.
donnaa D4 years ago

As a Veggie, i fully endorse the above herbs etc, but not with milk added, since the dairy Cow suffers greatly giving all this milk too humans, read up on it, it may change your mind to go animal milk free. i add my herbs etc to a non GM soya based milk! beeter
for us, better for the poor Cows!!!

paul m.
paul m4 years ago


Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Food can always be helpful

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T4 years ago

Great article, thank you

Denise Morley
Denise M4 years ago

tasty advice, thanks!