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Foods For Good Mood: Chicken, Green Tea, Fruits, And Vegetables

Foods For Good Mood: Chicken, Green Tea, Fruits, And Vegetables

Last week we talked about Omega-3, fiber, and Carbohydrates. Omega-3 helps protect against depression and can be found in fish and other seafood, walnuts, and so on. Fiber helps slow down the absorption of glucose in the blood to balance the blood sugar level. Carbohydrates help your brain to use tryptophan which can increase the serotonin production that makes you feel joy.


This week, we want to focus on the foods that make you feel great again. Let’s get into it directly.

Chicken

Chicken is a good source of vitamin B12, which is known to have a calming effect. Low levels of vitamin B12 can make you feel moody, tired, and miserable. So, eat more chicken!

Green tea

Green tea contains an antioxidant known as theanine, which acts as a calming agent.

Fruits And Vegetables

Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for them, but there are studies showing that some of them have higher mood-elevating properties than others.

Eat broccoli and leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale.

Fruits like oranges, bananas, mangoes, pomegranates, blueberries, and strawberries are very helpful for boosting your mood.

Vitamin D

Ensure you're getting enough vitamin D. In addition to eating the right kinds of foods, you can get vitamin D simply by being exposed to sunlight.

There have been studies showing a link between vitamin D deficiency and mood. Combat a bad mood by eating foods with vitamin D or going for a walk on a nice sunny day.

It might not be possible to know exactly what foods might bring you out of a bad mood on any given day. However, as a rule of thumb, stick to the foods that are known to be healthy, such as lean proteins, fresh fruits, and vegetables, while avoiding unhealthy, processed foods.

Easy and Delicious Pesto Chicken Pasta
Easy and Delicious Pesto Chicken Pasta

This easy pasta recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients

1 lb favorite dried pasta

Do You Bake? Pesto Cheese ball box mix

8 oz. Cream Cheese

2 tbsp fresh chopped basil

2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

boneless skinless chicken breasts

2/3 cup milk or cream

1 cup chopped fresh or frozen broccoli

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1- Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and place in the pan.

2- Cover with the lid and sear for 5 minutes on one side.

3- Flip and sear 5 to 6 more minutes, or until cooked through.

4- Remove the chicken from let cool. After a few minutes, chop the chicken into bite-sized chunks.

5- Keep sauté pan on medium heat and add your cream cheese, Do You Bake? Pesto Cheese-ball mix and milk. Stir until completely combined and smooth. Simmer mixture.

6- While chicken is cooking and sauce is simmering, boil the pasta along with the broccoli (in a large pot of salted boiling water) until al dente, about 8 minutes.

7- Drain the pasta water and return the pasta to the pot.

8- Stir in your pesto sauce and chopped chicken.

9- Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

10- Toss in a few sundried tomatoes (optional) for pretty color.

11- Enjoy!