10 Mood Boosting Seasonal Veggies
Avocado:Even though they’re technically a fruit, avocados help increase the blood flow to your brain because they contain healthy mono-saturated fats. Slice one up for your salad next time you’re feeling a little foggy.
Broccoli: Packed with iron, which helps carry oxygen through your blood, broccoli is an ideal mood-enhancing snack and helps fuel your brain.
Corn: Packed with anger-squashing vitamin B, corn is a tasty and effective veggie for chilling out on spring and summer nights.
Fennel: More than just an accent to add to fancy salads, fennel is a summer root vegetable that can help stave off irritability and depression. Because it’s a complex carbohydrate, this veggie helps supply the body with a steadier supply of glucose and prevents nasty little mood dips.
Kale: If you’re feeling bloated or agitated, try incorporating more kale into your diet. The now-uber-popular green has anti-inflammatory properties that will help you feel less puffy.
Okra: Veggies rich in calcium, like okra, can positively stimulate the neurotransmitters, dopamine and noradrenaline, to make your more alert and fight off lethargy.
Red Peppers: Not only are red peppers packed with minerals, like iron, potassium, and magnesium, but these colorful veggies have enough fiber to fuel tired brains and boost moods.
Spinach: Feeling panicked? Munch on some spinach. The magnesium in this leafy green will help calm down your nervous system—and you.
Tomatoes: Rich in heart-rate-controlling potassium, fresh tomatoes also contain mood-boosting vitamin B and calcium.
Turnips: Rich in mood-boosting folic acid (folic acid deficiencies have been linked to depression), turnips and turnip greens help maintain proper serotonin levels. Plant this root veggie now to enjoy it later in the summer—and do it again in the fall for year-long benefits.