9 Superstar Mood-Lifting Ingredients

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Need a pick-me-up without resorting to energy drinks or caffeine? Add these 9 ingredients to your next dish to get an all-natural mood booster.

lentils

Lentils

great for

Blood-sugar moderating fiber, energizing iron and calming magnesium

Blood-sugar moderating fiber, energizing iron and calming magnesium

 

Use in a recipe: Nutty Lentil Burgers


 

Berries

Berries

great for

Promotes mental clarity

Promotes mental clarity

Use in a recipe: Berry Crisp


 

Beets

Beets

great for

Folate, which increases blood flow to the brain and relaxes blood vessels

Folate, which increases blood flow to the brain and relaxes blood vessels

Use in a recipe: Beet-Raspberry Lentil Bowl


 

Broth

Broth

great for

Provides hydration, which is important for mental clarity

Provides hydration, which is important for mental clarity

Use in a recipe: Leek, Mushroom and Zucchini Noodle Soup


 

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

great for

Provide a source of vitamin D, which is linked to a cheery mood

Provide a source of vitamin D, which is linked to a cheery mood

Use in a recipe: Kale-Stuffed Portobellos with Millet


 

Millet

Millet

great for

As a whole grain, millet provides mood-boosting protein, B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc.

As a whole grain, millet provides mood-boosting protein, B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc.

Use in a recipe: Warm Millet Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts


 

Walnuts

Walnuts

great for

Deliver healthy omega-3s, crucial for mood health.

Deliver healthy omega-3s, crucial for mood health.

Use in a recipe: Cherry-Walnut Bites


 

Salmon

Salmon

great for

Also provides healthy omega-3s, which are important for brain health.

Also provides healthy omega-3s, which are important for brain health.

Use in a recipe: Walnut-Crusted Salmon with Edamame Mash


 

Cabbage

Cabbage

great for

This cruciferous vegetable provides tryptophan and selenium, which relax your body and mind

This cruciferous vegetable provides tryptophan and selenium, which relax your body and mind

Use in a recipe: Chinese 5-Spice Shrimp with Mango-Carrot Slaw

SOURCE: This article is posted by permission Delicious Living (and its parent company New Hope Network), a trusted voice in the natural living community for 30 years.

 

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