One thing I love about my generation is there are a lot of health conscious people out there. Now more than ever, college students are eating right, exercising and conscious of their mental health. But what if I told you that there are some foods that are good for you and can make you happy? Well, there are! Check out these 8 foods that are scientifically proven to make you happy.
1. Dark Chocolate
Because of the high percent of cacao in dark chocolate, it has more antioxidant power than many other foods. Plus it gives you immediate pleasure because – well, it’s chocolate.
Walnuts are actually a dietary source of serotonin, the chemical in your brain that is directly related to happiness. Walnuts are a perfect addition to any breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert recipe.
Salmon contains those awesome omega-3 fatty acids that are so good for you, and are proven to improve your mood and fight depression. While all omega-3s are healthy, EPA and DHA are the most beneficial, which are found in salmon and other fatty fish.
Bananas contain a brain chemical called tryptophan that helps to regulate mood. They are also a good source of B vitamin folate, a vitamin that has been linked to ending depression symptoms.
This is music to our ears. There are flavors of certain berries that have a chemical similarity to valproic acid, which is a prescription mood-stabilizing drug. Grab a handful of mixed berries as you run out the door, and watch your day grow happier and happier.
Quinoa contains a flavonoid called quercetin, which has been shown to have antidepressant effects. One of my favorite quinoa recipes is quinoa stuffed portobello mushrooms. Not only is quinoa awesome for your health, but it makes for a great rice substitute.
Summer is closer than we think, and you know what that means- seafood! Oysters are rich in zinc, which is proven to help reduce anxiety. Summer + oysters = happiness.
If you’ve never used turmeric before, now’s the time to start using it. This spice is most often used in East Asian cuisine. It contains something called curcumin, which is known to enhance mood and fight depression.