Health Tips with Karla Heintz (BSc), Nutrition Educator
‘Feel Good’ Winter Blue Foods
This is the time of year everyone starts getting restless. The good news is that there are foods that can assist you on perking up. Serotonin is a ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter in our brain, and certain foods help you get more of it. Add some of these foods to your dinner plate multiple times each week:
- Bananas – Eating a banana every day will help your brain cells communicate better and enhance the effects of serotonin. Put them in smoothies, add to a salad, or bake some fresh banana muffins.
- Chicken or Turkey – These are both great sources of the amino acid tryptophan, which in turn helps increase the levels of circulating serotonin in our brain. The options are endless such as sprinkling on pizza, adding to salads, making into sandwiches, adding to soups etc.
- Salmon – This fish is direct brain food, as it is rich in the essential fat DHA. DHA is the building block for all neurotransmitters connected to positive emotions.
- Lentils – Packed with folate they help ward off this common vitamin deficiency that is often correlated with depression. The fiber in them also stabilizes your blood sugar, and controls the release of sugars into your brain to give you longer lasting energy.
Karla Heintz (BSc) Nutrition Educator and Author of
‘Picky! Not Me Mom! A parents’ guide to children’s nutrition.