6 Mood-Boosting Foods for Winter

Winter sucks. It’s cold, rainy and can be downright miserable (even in Australia). That’s why is a great time to take stock of your diet and support your body with these mood-boosting foods.

1. Oats

Complex carbohydrates are awesome foods to improve mood quickly. Brown rice, oats and sweet potato are all good choices. They help the body release serotonin – making you feel happy inside!

Try this: Pumpkin Oatmeal


When it comes to omega-3 fatty acids, no food source is better than fatty fish like wild salmon, tuna, or mackerel. Their fatty acids found have specific brain-boosting properties to fight depression.

Try this: Crispy Skinned Salmon


This relish white cheese is rich in vitamin D and calcium, along with metabolism-loving protein. The protein found in cottage cheese induce a sense of well-being and relaxation, as well as fighting depression. 

Try this: Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie


Dark chocolate helps to release serotonin and relaxes the blood vessels of the cardiovascular system. Just remember that most store-bought is mixed with milk powders and bad fats, so try making your own raw chocolate for the best benefits.

Try this: Snickers Chocolate Bark 


A lot of lean proteins are reported as good for tackling depression, but turkey has relatively higher levels of a chemical called tryptophan. This chemical stimulates serotonin production – your happy hormone!

Try this: Salad à la Turkey Bolognese


The magnesium found in walnuts is responsible for boosting your mood. They also contain antioxidants that improve the brain health – making you more alert.

Try this: Carrot Cake Oatmeal







About Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also writes for two national health magazines, has launched her own range of healthy Protein Ball Mixes: Fit Mixes, and is the author of Chocolate Everyday.

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