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7 Feel-Good Foods For When You're Down

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Feeling a bit down in the dumps? You might be craving a cigarette or glass of wine, but the good news is you can actually eat your feelings away. Sounds impossible, right? We’re not talking chocolate ice cream here, but healthy foods that promise a mood boost and no added weight gain.

Here are seven great foods to eat when you’re feeling down.

1. Mussels

These bad boys are loaded with vitamin B-12, which helps protect the myelin sheath that insulates brain cells. They are also loaded with zinc, iodine, and selenium, which are essential to keeping you in a good mood. They're also incredibly healthy, so you won’t have to worry about a ton of added cals. In the mood to cook? Try this recipe for steamed mussels with garlic and parsley.

2. Swiss Chard

Whaaaat? That was our reaction, but yes, it’s true. These green leafy vegetables are full of magnesium, which helps boost your energy levels. A lack of magnesium can make you feel depressed, so adding some of this into your diet will do wonders. The majority of Americans don’t get enough magnesium, so make sure not to fall into this category.

3. Walnuts

Walnuts are packed with omega-3’s, which improve your mood and your feelings of self-worth. Walnuts are great for skin and will help satisfy hunger too.

4. Barley

Barley is a complex carb, which means it helps your brain release serotonin, the “feel good” hormone. It’s also a much healthier option to other carbs, like pasta smothered in alfredo sauce.

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5. Celery

Chewing on celery not only lowers stress, but is a blood detoxifier and makes your blood vessels chill the eff out. According to Women’s Health magazine, “Research has shown that celery contains a chemical (3-n-butylphthalide), which lowers the concentration of stress hormones in the blood, ultimately causing your body to stress less.”

6. Grass-Fed Beef or Lamb

According to Women’s Health magazine, “One study found that consuming grass-fed meat increases blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and decreases levels of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.” These both help with lowering your risk of depression and keep you feeling happier.

7. Greek Yogurt

Calcium signals your body to release feel-good neurotransmitters. If you don’t have enough calcium in your body, it causes anxiety, depression, brain fog, and irritability. Try a cup of Greek yogurt with blueberries and honey for a feel-good pick me up.

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