Who doesn’t like feeling optimistic, bright and cheery, and ready to take on the day? Well you don’t need a sugary bagel or a buttered biscuit in the morning to make you feel fabulous, friends! While you’re at it, leave out the sausage muffin and the hamburger at lunch too. Did you know plants contain certain natural chemicals known as phytonutrients that improve your brain health, all in a relatively short amount of time? Research has actually shown that directly after eating fruits and vegetables, people just feel better all the way around.
Plants have the most unique way of giving us that well-taken care of feeling we all like to feel.
Some foods outrank others in their specific nutrient profiles that improve your mood and give you that sense of optimism and overall happiness you’re looking to enjoy. Eat up more of these each day and you’ll feel all bright and shiny in no time!
Apples are full of the antioxidant known as quercetin, which is a powerful mind-boosting antioxidant your body loves! Quercetin helps to fuel neurotransmitters in the brain and also reduces inflammation, which can further improve mood. Apples also offer a good dose of Vitamin C, which has been linked to a reduction in stress and anxiety. They’re also full of pectin, a fiber that keeps you full so your insulin levels stay more stable, which prevents erratic moods due to low blood sugar. While whole apples are best, you can also use apples in your recipes such as breakfast dishes like muffins, or even in dessert! When you think of eating on the road, chances are you probably think of fast food first. But just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to eat foods that will leave you feeling depleted, bloated, and tired. Caffeine and sugar may give you an energy spike, but the crash that follows will leave you feeling even more tired than before.
Oranges are rich in B vitamins that boost brain health, specifically Vitamin B6 and folate (Vitamin B9). They’re also hydrating, which keeps your fluids balanced and prevents dehydration. Dehydration is one of the most overlooked causes of a foul mood, hunger, and even headaches. Oranges also offer a large Vitamin C boost, and are low on the glycemic index. Try Raw Massaged Kale Salad with Fresh Figs and Oranges for an energizing, mood-boosting lunch!
Kids need energy for sports and play, so it’s important that they’re consuming a nutrient-dense snack about an hour before their activity that contains carbohydrates. Everyone who wants to stay fit and healthy, will appreciate our selection of the most easy to make desserts made of fruits and honey. Who doesn’t like feeling optimistic, bright and cheery, and ready to take on the day? Well you don’t need a sugary bagel in the morning to make you feel fabulous!What does it feel like to accept an invitation to try something new? Every day when practicing yoga, you are afforded many openings to challenge ourselves physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.