Food for Your Mood

food for your mood imageDid you know that what and how often you eat can affect your mood throughout the day? Eating the right foods at the right times can make you feel happier, calmer, and more productive! The next time you reach for a bite to eat, consider these tips for a boost of positivity and productivity!

How Often Should I Eat?

Eating small meals and snacking throughout the day is a great way to keep the “hangry” at bay; that feeling of being angry because you’re so hungry!  Not the best combination for staying productive in the office. Eating several times per day helps you maintain a healthy metabolism, allowing you stay focused during the course of your day.

On top of eating small meals, staying hydrated is key to maintaining your overall health and mental clarity. Dehydration causes headaches and fatigue, so drink up!

What Should I Eat?

Choosing the right snack may have a profound effect on your mood. When picking out a small meal or snack, think of the long-term benefits. For instance, when it’s hot outside, a tasty fruit salad can be a refreshing way to mix up your favorite flavors and get a great mix of vitamins and nutrients as well.

Dark chocolate also supports your mood.  It contains antioxidants that increase blood flow to your brain, which promotes productivity and clear thinking! Plus, it can be a special treat to help boost your mood.

Another great snack option is dairy products like milk and cheese. They contain essential fats and can help improve your critical thinking ability. The added boost of protein helps to keep you satisfied until your next meal!

Next time you’re feeling a little “hangry”, keep these tips in mind! Also, stop by your local Avenue C location and look for some great mood-enhancing snacks and small meals including string cheese, dark chocolate and fresh fruit!

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