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There are many things we can do to support happiness, but often we forget on of the keys. Yes, some foods can give us a natural lift - here's how!
1. Eat plenty of fiber
Increase your energy level and prevent dips in mood by incorporating not processed whole foods in your diet. Fiber improves the body's blood-sugar response because it slows the rate at which glucose is released from food. The slower sugar gets absorbed, the less sugar highs and lows, and less mood swings. Rawbite bars are a great source of fiber.
2. Get plenty of B vitamins.
Two B vitamins, B12 and folate, have been found important in regulating mood. Those B Vitamins play a role in the creation of happy hormones such us serotonin and tryptophan and low levels of folate may be linked to depression as recent studies have identified. Lentils, Spinach, Black eyed peas, Asparagus, Brussels sprouts and Avocado are some of the best sources of folate.
3. Watch your tryptophan.
Tryptophan is one of the amino acids that our body need, to feel relaxed and happy and because it can't make it on its own, we need to get it from food. Lack of tryptophan increase the risk for depression and other mood disorders according to studies. High tryptophan foods include nuts, pumkin seeds, tofu, oats and beans. Rawbite Protein makes for a great mood boosting snack as it contains pumpkin seeds.
4. Eat your greens
Leafy green veggies such as kale, chard, and spinach are a nutritional powerhouse and some of the healthiest things you can put on your plate. They’re high in potassium, magnesium and calcium which are important to regulate stress hormones.
5. Don't forget the chocolate.
Most people's favourite mood booster of all is chocolate. It is not just the taste, but chemically it also it also contains a variety of compounds that boost your mood. Aside from the caffeine, chocolate contains serotonin (a happiness inducing hormone) and tryptophan.
Put avocados, cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut milk in your high-speed blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. Scoop out mixture into serving bowls, top with Rawbite and enjoy!