Life is filled with ups and downs - on some days it’s all good and dandy, and sometimes all you need is a sappy chick flick to get you bawling in bed for hours because it’s just one of those days. Life is a roller coaster of emotions, and that’s why we need some of these scientifically proven happy foods to get us out of that funk and eat to our heart’s content!
1. Green Tea
Goodbye boba, hello green tea - it not only has WAY less calories, it also is a much healthier option! Green tea gives you an all-natural caffeine boost and even helps improve your mood! A Japanese study has found that those who drank five or more cups of green tea per day, (yes, that’s a lot) had lower levels of psychological stress! On top of that, it also supplies your body with some feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin, that directly affects your mood and mental health!
Psst, our refreshing Morning Boost tea is packed with green tea and vitamins, and helps to boost your metabolism and keeps you energized!
Bring on those sashimi platters and poke bowls, it’s time to load up on those omega-3 fatty acids! Salmon is an amazing source of omega-3s, which is essential to brain health, and also helps to reduce signs of fatigue and mood swings, with studies also linking omega-3 fatty acids to having decreased risks of depression. Sounds to us like it’s time for some sushi rolls and lox!
3. Leafy Greens
It’s no surprise that our fave leafy greens made it to the list - they’re on almost every health food list we’ve got, and the real question is what can’t leafy greens do?! Packing your meals with leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli and kale can help you feel happier! Spinach is filled with Vitamin B9, - which supplies your body with more serotonin, your body’s very own happy pill - and kale being high in calcium, helps tone down mood swings whenever we ladies are having our time of the month!
We can’t help but give a quick shoutout to our all-star green juice, our Green Cleansing Elixir, when it comes to leafy greens - I mean it literally has everything in a cup and all you need is a glass of water to mix it in and you’re done! If you’re struggling with including these greens into your diet, it’s packed with all the leafy greens, superfoods (22 of them!) and even powerful probiotics that your gut needs.
We love adding bananas into absolutely everything and anything - smoothies, vegan nice cream or even just as a snack - and you should too, especially since it’s been scientifically proven to make you happy! It’s no secret that bananas are a great source of potassium, but bet you didn’t know that it helps reduce stress levels and makes you feel more relaxed too! Check out some of our fave banana-loving smoothie bowl recipes!
5. Chia Seeds
Have them however you want it - crunchy, blended or pudding-like - chia seeds are your express train to happiness! These little guys are packed with a whole lot more stress-busting, omega-3s than salmon, on top of being loaded with fibre that also helps with a healthier gut and a happier mood too! Top your fave smoothie or even salad off with a scoop of chia seeds for an added boost, or you can even just add it to your water.
The Main Takeaway
Everyone has those days when you’re just not feeling it at all - don’t worry we’ve all been there, and it’s totally normal, which is why we were so excited when we found these happy foods! It’s really the best of both worlds - now we’ve got a legit reason to eat (in moderation, of course) to our heart’s literal content!