Food Agriculture & Nutrition Network of Solano County
Larisa Williams, Napa State Hospital Dietetic Intern 2023
Feeling down during this dark and stormy season? Read on to learn about nutrients in berries and other foods that can help improve your mood to help you feel your best all winter long.
Be sure to check out the recipe for Baked Berry Oatmeal at the bottom!
Many people feel tired and let-down during the post-holidays winter months. The good news is that you can improve your energy and mood levels with your eating patterns. Certain foods (like blueberries) contain nutrients that help you feel more alert and create more of the feel-good chemicals. Even better, these same foods are also great for boosting your immune system during the cold and flu season!
Mood-boosting vitamins and minerals
A balanced diet with plenty of variety includes all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Below are a few of the key vitamins and minerals, their effects on your mood and energy, and some common food sources.
General mood-boosting eating tips
Your body uses blood sugar to regulate energy, which also affects your mood. When your blood sugar spikes and then crashes, you may feel tired, sluggish, and grumpy. Below are some suggestions to keep your blood sugar stable for lasting energy and improved mood (4).
Good nutrition is key for feeling your best this winter. See for yourself by enjoying this mood-boosting recipe filled with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals from whole grain oats, berries, nuts, and milk!
Baked Berry Oatmeal
Serves 4-6| Serving Size 1 cup | Make in advance and warm up in the morning for a quick, mood-boosting breakfast!
Try including kids in preparing this simple recipe and teaching them about good-mood foods!
Get creative with different flavor combinations and fun toppings like coconut flakes or additional nuts for an extra crunch!