On Chef Marshall’s Mind: Beat the Winter Blahs

Five foods to help you beat the winter blahs:

1.) Yogurt – is made from milk fortified with vitamin D, which can help regulate your mood. This is significant, especially during the winter season, October through May, when there isn’t a lot of sun for our bodies to use in making vitamin D. This is a really good food to include!
2.) Walnuts – are a good plant-based source of Omega3 fatty acids, which are powerful mood boosters that can help relieve symptoms of depression.
3.) Spinach – is rich in folate, which can help moderate your mood. Recent studies have shown that eating at least one cup of cooked spinach a day can help relieve minor depression.
4.) Oats – are slow carbohydrates that can help boost your serotonin levels–your “feel good” hormones—and keep your mood stable.
5.) Dark chocolate – contains polyphenols, a micronutrient that has been shown to help improve your mood and protect against depression. Focus on at least 70 percent cocoa content and choose one with as low sugar as possible; four grams of sugar or less per serving is great.

Get these five foods into your life today to help you beat the winter blahs.