‘Put these on your grocery list’

Food and mood are so intricately connected that they’ve inspired a new area of ​​brain study: Nutritional psychiatry, which examines how what we eat impacts how we feel.

As a dietitian and nutritionist who has researched and experienced this connection firsthand, I find it infinitely fascinating that we can empower ourselves to feel partly – or sometimes entirely – better based on our dietary habits.

The foods you eat can make or break everything from your work and productivity to your mental state and physical health. To boost your mood and brain energy levels, put these 35 foods on your grocery list:

Complex carbs

1. Pumpkin seeds
2. Apples
3. Chickpeas
4. Strawberries
5. Oatmeal

Complex carbs pack in more nutrients than simple carbs and, due to their higher fiber content, take longer to break down.

They also help stabilize blood sugar levels, which can stabilize your mood. Fluctuations in blood glucose can cause your mood to change rapidly, leaving you irritable, low on energy and feeling downright dreadful.

Lean protein

Healthy fats

Folate

Iron

Vitamin C

Melatonin

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