Good Mood Food: Fresh Produce

Foods can boost energy in three ways: by providing sufficient calories, by delivering stimulants like caffeine, and by pushing the metabolism to burn fuel more efficiently. As for mood, the best foods are those that stabilize blood sugar and trigger feel-good brain chemicals, such as serotonin.

Another way to stay hydrated and energized is to eat fluid-filled foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Skip dry packaged snacks like pretzels in favor of apple wedges or celery.

I like to get at least one or two pieces of fruit each day. Smoothies and juices are a great way to do that. Juices can be made in large batches and kept in the refrigerator. Smoothies can have your fruits frozen ahead of time to make for quick blending later. Also, if you pack your own lunch you can throw a piece of fruit in there. The extra fluid and fiber will even help keep you feeling full longer.

Canned and frozen fruits are often just as good for you. Just be sure to check the ingredients to confirm that they are 100% fruit an not packed in extra sugars.

Other hydrating foods include oatmeal and pasta, which swell up with water when cooked.

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