Food to Improve Your Mood

As August's humidity gives way to September's breeze, we're all in the same boat – struggling to peel ourselves from the sheets and face the day as the weather shifts to cosier temps. 

As the weather plays its tricks, it’s no surprise that these changes also bring funky changes in our moods, sometimes messing with our good vibes. We know that working out or spending time with our pets can help uplift our moods, but when only a big plate of our comfort food can help us, we can turn to these food items that have been proven to instantly light us up. 

As August’s humidity gives way to September’s breeze, we’re all on the same struggle bus – yanking ourselves out of bed, as the weather shifts to cosier temps.

 And you know what’s on the menu when the weather’s in cahoots with our moods? Funky mood swings, of course, giving our good vibes a bit of a twist. Sure, we’ve heard that hitting the gym or hanging with our furry friends can work wonders, but there’s something about comfort food that really hits the spot.

Here’s a list of mood-boosting munchies that we’ve curated for you, so you ‘fall’ right into good health. 

  • Fermented Foods  
  • As the days get colder, we tend to cosy up indoors and worry about those pesky seasonal sniffles paying a visit. But fear not. We've got a tasty trick up our sleeves – including fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, and yoghurt in your everyday diet.

    Why? Because they're like sidekicks for your immune system, packed with probiotics that keep your gut in tip-top shape. And let's be real, a healthy gut equals happy digestion and that equals a worry-free morning routine. 

  • Kale + Spinach
  • With the drop in temperatures, our bodies start craving some extra TLC, and that’s where leafy wonders like spinach and kale swoop in to save the day.

    These green powerhouses are like a nutrient-packed hug for your body, loaded with vitamins A, C, and K, plus nifty minerals like iron and magnesium. They’re your go-to squad for boosting your immune system and keeping those bones as strong as ever as winter approaches.

    Don’t worry, they can be super fun to eat too. You can toss them into cosy soups, and fresh salads, or blend them into super-smoothies for a yummy dose of goodness that’ll leave you feeling like a champ all day long. 

  • Nuts
  • Often during these months, our tummies yearn for something hearty. At such times, say hello to nuts and dry fruits, the superheroes of snacking. Packed with healthy fats, protein, and a whole bunch of vitamins, nuts are like a high-five for your heart and a secret stash of all-day energy for your body. Plus, they’ve got those fantastic omega-3 fatty acids — the mood regulators that keep stress and seasonal blues at bay.
    So, next time your snack radar beeps, skip the chocolate guilt trip and go nuts – literally.

  • Berries
  • Now, we all love berries for their burst of flavour, but did you know they come with a mood-boosting sidekick?
    Berries are packed with antioxidants, fibre, and essential nutrients like vitamin C and potassium. They’re like the bodyguards of your immune system, keeping it strong and ready for action.
    But here’s the cool part – betaine and folate, the dynamic duo found in berries, are the secret agents of happiness. They keep those mood swings in check and give you plenty of reasons to keep smiling. So, the next time you’re berry-hungry, know that you’re munching your way to a healthier and happier you. 

  • Pumpkin & Squashes 
  •  And finally, as the leaves turn, it’s time for pumpkins and squashes to take centre stage. They are loaded with the essentials – vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium, and keep your gut robust, your heart happy, and your tummy full. Especially as the chill sets in.
    And, speaking of fall favourites, who can resist a Pumpkin Spice Latte? It’s like a warm, spicy hug for your taste buds. 

    In conclusion, eating smart and feeling great is the way to go as we venture into the colder months. After all, our minds and bodies deserve the extra love, don’t they?