Think that food can't boost your mood and change your mindset? Think again. Vitamins and nutrients abound in colorful fruits and vegetables that line the produce aisle and getting a little big of extra Vitamin B in your smoothie might just be the trick you need to get moving, grooving and ready to tackle the day. Here's five of our favorites.
This leafy green is packed with magnesium, a nutrient essential for the biochemical reactions in the brain that boost your energy levels. And right now, the majority of Americans just don't get enough magnesium in their diet. Swiss chard is easy to grow in a home garden. If you plant it, harvest just a few outer leaves—not everything all at once—and the plant will continue producing all season long.
Asparagus is one of the top plant-based sources of tryptophan (it's not just in your Thanksgiving Turkey!) And tryptophan serves as a basis for the creation of serotonin, one of the brain's primary mood-regulating neurotransmitters. High levels of folate also add to asparagus's happiness-promoting profile; research has shown that up to 50 percent of people with depression suffer from low folate levels.
Rich in potassium and B vitamins, bananas can provide your body with a more sustained release of energy. The supply of vitamins and carbohydrates in bananas make you feel full, help slow down digestion and keep blood sugar levels stable - a perfect addition for your morning smoothie.
Magnesium is back, but this time with protein and fiber to keep your blood sugar levels even. Almonds, cashews and hazelnuts are all high in magnesium so keep a bag at your desk and just a handful at 3PM will give you longer lasting energy than a cup of coffee ever will.
Salmon is a great source of the energy-boosting goodness that is essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for energy production, brain activity and circulation. But it’s also great for maintaining heart health.