Eat to Beat the Blues
Typical comfort foods that are packaged or fried (like cookies and French fries) can actually help make you feel worse. They are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which reduce the influence of mood-boosting omega-3s. A healthy diet, however (whole grains, veggies, nuts, and seafood), can lower your depression risk by up to 40 percent. Put a smile on your face with these foods.
Beet Greens: Don’t toss the tops – mix them with the roasted root for a delicious salad. They are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin K, which fights stress by eliminating free radicals in your body, as well as a healthy dose of folate.
Pumpkin Seeds: Toast them and add to salads, yogurt, or even a smoothie for a natural source of the amino acid tryptophan, which your body converts to the feel-good hormone serotonin. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of magnesium, another mineral shown to lift spirits.
Oysters: These mollusks contain vitamin B12 which helps your body make the mood-boosting neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. They are also packed with omega-3s and zinc, which increases brain activity.
Eggs: In addition to B12 and folate, eggs are rich in choline, a nutrient that your brain uses to regulate your emotions. The yolks are also full of carotenoids, which are linked an increase in optimism.