Top 10 Mood Boosting Foods to Try on a Budget

Try these budget friendly top 10 mood boosting foods to relieve stress and promote happiness in your life.

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There is a strong link between what you eat and how you feel.  Nutrition and stress relief are linked in more ways than you may think. Eating healthy does a lot more than just improve your health.  It can improve your mood and your emotional well-being as well.

Isn’t it good to know that happiness and stress relief is only a few forks and spoons away? The saying “you are what you eat” comes to mind, so every thing you put in your mouth can either help you or hurt you.  Which one will it be?

Your diet can affect your moods, and specific foods can be used to improve how you feel, every day. Just knowing that you can control naturally by what you eat is empowering.  No need for anti-depressant pills.  No need for drugs. No negative side effects. who could ask for anything more?

Eating the right foods is a win-win scenario. Making the switch to eating mood boosting foods starts when you go grocery shopping.

These top 10 mood boosting foods are easy to add to a budget-conscious grocery list.  


Put these items in your shopping cart and enjoy:

  1. Turmeric is an inexpensive spice available in grocery stores. This nutritional powerful is one of the mist undervalued foods I know. I recently discovered the wide variety of health benefits if turmeric myself. It influences the brain by increasing neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of happiness. It’s a MUST-ADD for your grocery list if improving your emotional and physical wellbeing is high on your list.
  2. Tomatoes. The lycopene in tomatoes is linked to the reduction of inflammatory compounds. These compounds affect the mood and lead to depression, so eating tomatoes is one way to stay happy. Cherry tomatoes are recommended over regular tomatoes because they have more lycopene. However, all tomatoes have this important nutrient. Add a slice of tomato to all your meals throughout the day, including your sandwiches, for a power boost in your emotional and physical health.
  3.  Beets is a vegetable that belongs on the mood boosting grocery list because of betaine. It’s a special compound capable of making antidepressant molecules in the brain and protecting cells from stress.  And we need ALL the protection from stress that we can get!!!  Beets also have betalains that are responsible for reducing inflammation in the body. Studies show that inflammation contributes to depression. Beets improve your mood by slowly releasing sugar as they’re digested.  Great stuff!    I used beets in my juicing often.  Combined with carrots and apples it makes a delicious juice.  Try it and watch you mood improve.
  4. Celery is a popular diet food, but it’s also a great mood enhancer. Celery has 3-n-butylphthalide, the chemical responsible for reducing stress hormones, in large quantities. Celery is another main staple in my juicing recipes and soup recipes.  It’s very affordable and easily available.  Add it to your mood-boosting grocery shopping list.
  5. Asparagus. Its tryptophan levels make it a vegetarian alternative to turkey. Asparagus’ tryptophan contributes to the creation of positive neurotransmitters in the brain.Asparagus’ folate levels also play a role in boosting your mood. Folate is also needed to make positive neurotransmitters. The study, “Is low folate a risk factor for depression? A meta-analysis and exploration of heterogeneity,” showed that people with low amounts of folate in their body are more likely to suffer from depression.
  6. Swiss chard. Do you want to increase your energy while lifting your mood? Swiss chard helps both of these areas with its magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral linked to a happier state of mind.
  7. Lentils are a common budget grocery staple, and they can improve your mood. Lentils are a good source of folate, which helps the brain avoid depression. Lentils also have L-tyrosine. It’s an important amino acid used by the brain to make happy neurotransmitters. My mom makes delicious lentil patties that I love to snack on during the afternoon or anytime of the day. Lentils are a healthy, simple, and inexpensive way to stay positive.
  8. Steel cut  oatmeal is another way to boost your mood. Oatmeal has high levels of magnesium necessary to stay positive. It also has fiber that reduces blood sugar spikes and prevents mood swings. I usually have an oatmeal smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal with one table spoon of ground flaxeed and some raisins every day.
  9. Honey can calm your nerves and decrease anxiety. Multiple nutrients are responsible for this effect. Honey is great for health and for beauty too!  Search the internet and you’ll find many diy facial, skin and  hair treatments that require honey.
  10. Dark Chocolate. Bulk and generic versions of dark chocolate are less expensive, so they can fit a budget grocery list.  Dark chocolate lowers the amount of stress hormones in the body. Additionally, its cocoa flavanols make you feel calmer. A study from the Swinburne University of Technology found that eating dark chocolate was linked to better moods.  

A consistent diet than regularly includes these top 10 mood boosting foods can boost your mood naturally. Plus, you can purchase most of these mood enhancing foods on a budget without breaking the bank!  Click here to discover 12 more super foods to add to your diet to beat stress.

So what are you waiting for.  Print out this article and use it as your mood-boosting grocery list the next time you go shopping.  You have nothing to loose, and everything to gain!  This is how to ensure happiness on a budget! :-)

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Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. Have you found any other foods with mood boosting properties? If so, which ones?
2. Which food from my list above have  you tried and found that it really does work to boost your mood?



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