Choc-o-holics, rejoice! Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants, but it’s also been found to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study in the Journal of Proteome Research.
For a recipe starring dark chocolate, try Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Seeds.
A Japanese study found that psychological stress was lower in individuals who drank five or more cups of green tea per day. (But I mean, that’s a lot of green tea).
For a recipe starring green tea, try Frozen Green Tea Souffles.
An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Eating fruits and vegetables, like apples, produces a calming effect, creates more energy, and increases overall happiness, according to the British Journal of Health Psychology.
For recipes starring apples, try 11 Swoon-Worthy Ways to Eat a Whole Baked Apple For Dessert.
There’s a reason why Popeye ate it. Spinach contains folic acid, which alleviates depression and reduces fatigue, according to the Journal of Physiology.
For recipes starring spinach, try 12 Spinach Salad Recipes.
Vitamin C increases collagen production, reducing your chance of a dry, lined face, according to a study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And not worrying about your appearance definitely ups your happy factor.
For a recipe starring oranges, try Vanilla Rice Puddings with Glazed Oranges.
According to a study by the United States Department of Agriculture, low magnesium levels are linked to lower energy. Chomp on magneisum rich foods, like beans, to make sure you don’t fizzle out too quickly each day.
For a recipe starring beans, try Quick Sautéed Beans and Tomatoes.
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA found that eating walnuts can improve brain function. Contributing factors include walnuts’ high antioxidant content, vitamins and minerals, and that they contain a large amount of alpha-linolenic acid, a plant based omega-3.
For a recipe starring walnuts, try Honeyed Walnuts.
Eggs are high in choline, which helps boost memory, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. But there’s a catch — choline is found in the yolk, so you might want to rethink those egg white omelettes.
For recipes starring eggs, try 31 of the Most Delicious Things You Can Do With Eggs.