Good mood foods

Feeling like you could use a little mood boost this holiday season? Well, you’re in luck because there are a number of diet friendly foods that contain natural nutrients to help improve your mood. Here are some of our favorites, and make sure to check us out this Thursday on Daybreak as we talk about these helpful products!

Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt is different than conventional yogurt primarily because of its protein level. A typical 6-ounce serving contains about 18 grams of protein, the amount in about 3 ounces of lean meat. This influx of protein helps to increase the levels of mood-boosting neurotransmitters in our brain like dopamine and norepinephrine. Plus, Greek Yogurt usually contains about half the sugar and less calories than standard yogurt.

Dried Apricots and Plums
Our bodies need complex carbohydrates like those provided by dried apricots and plums to help steady blood sugar levels and fight off sugar cravings. This in turn can help lift our mood throughout the day.  Dried Apricots also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that  increases serotonin levels in the brain and plums contain antioxidants which help brain function and memory. Make sure to get a brand like Made in Nature that doesn’t contain any added sugar. The natural sweetness is enough!

Seasnax are easy, grab and go snacks that feature premium 100% natural seaweed. Sea vegetables (seaweed) are virtually fat-free, low in calories and one of the richest sources of minerals in the vegetable kingdom. Seaweed also contains iodine and selenium, two vital nutrients which positively influence the thyroid and metabolism to help us keep smiling. Plus, the snacks are fun, different and delicious! Even kids love them! Check out Seasnax here!

Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap Molasses contains a variety of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, mangenese, B vitamins and vitamin E. However, it’s the iron, calcium and copper content that makes it a standout when it comes to boosting mood. Copper can help us feel more relaxed and rest easier and iron and calcium are crucial to helping lift our energy and vitality to feel our best. Only two tablespoons of a high-quality Plantation  Blackstrap Molasses contain 20% of the RDA of iron and calcium. Learn more about Black Strap Molasses benefits here



The good germ that fights aging

When’s the last time that you heard the word germ used in a positive way….maybe never? Well, then you’ll be surprised to learn that there is one germ that is actually very good for you and can even help you look and feel years younger. So what is this mystery germ anyway? Found in every kernel of wheat, wheat germ is the part of the wheat kernel that can bloom into a plant. It is the most nutritious part of the wheat and chalk full of vital vitamins and minerals including vitamin E and selenium—two key nutrients that promote a more youthful appearance.

In studies, Vitamin E has shown to help prevent heart disease, increase the ability to heal and help protect lungs from toxins. It has also been touted for its ability to prevent skin aging, increase eye health and help alleviate rheumatoid arthritis. Selenium is an important trace mineral that protects the skin from damaging ultra violet rays and promotes thyroid health, which is key to maintaining a healthy weight. Wheat germ also contains B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6, calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids and phosphorous.

So how do you harness the power of wheat germ? You can buy simple and inexpensive wheat germ at your local health food store. Typically it comes as a powder-like substance that you can sprinkle on foods or an oil. We love the powder the best. Try it on your morning yogurt where the texture and taste makes for a delicious morning meal.