As happy as you are when you’re eating your favorite foods, I bet you didn’t know that many of them are scientifically proven to boost your mood. While greasy food like burgers and fries may create temporary happiness for a few minutes, there are healthy foods you can eat that contribute to lasting happiness.
Here are some of the healthiest foods that make you happy:
This nutrient-packed grain is a fantastic source of iron, which boosts energy levels in the body. They also promote the production of serotonin in the brain, which is often referred to as ‘the happy chemical’ because it’s known to increase happiness levels. Lentils are a delicious and nutritious grain to add to your diet. See for yourself by trying out our delicious Lentil Bolognese.
Chicken contains tryptophan and boosts the production of serotonin in the body. In addition to boosting serotonin, chicken promotes the production of melatonin, which helps to regulate sleep. Well-rested people are happy people! For an instant mood booster, try one of our mouthwatering chicken meals like our Lemon Grilled Chicken Breast.
- Black Beans
Beans, beans, the magical fruit! Okay, they’re not a fruit, but the magical part certainly rings true. Tiny but mighty, black beans are rich in antioxidants and beneficial nutrients like magnesium that boost serotonin levels in the body. Black beans make a great addition to any healthy diet and are important for a happy mind. To add more black beans to your diet, try our BBQ Chicken meal topped with a fresh bean salsa.
Fermented foods like yogurt are loaded with probiotics that aid in digestion, boost the immune system, and have a calming effect on the body. Fermented dairy products are filled with healthy bacteria that our gut needs to flourish. Not only is yogurt a delicious addition to any meal, but it’s great for both physical and mental health! For a tasty meal with a bright and flavorful sauce made with creamy yogurt, try our Chicken Tikka Masala.