By Melanie Chisnall
When you’re feeling blue, tired or stressed, resist that slab of chocolate, and boost your mood with healthy munchies that will make you feel good instead.
Beat the blues
A toasted English muffin with a dollop of blueberry jam (no butter) will do the trick when you’re down in the dumps.
This is a great low-fat, low-protein, high-carbohydrate snack that will leave you feeling satisfied – without that yukky, sluggish feeling afterwards.
Jolt your sleepiness
Swap your heavy supper meals for a lighter dinner instead.
Try a protein-packed salad with beans or chicken, avo, spinach, grated carrots and baby tomatoes. Add a tiny low-fat, high-carb snack such as a piece of fruit and some graham crackers/rice cakes for an extra boost.
Bat away stress
Resist grabbing a bag of chips when you’re feeling anxious or stressed and go for a homemade shake instead. This shake will help rebound cravings or overeating and improve your mood.
How to make your stress-away shake:
- Blend one banana, one cup of pineapple juice, half a cup of orange juice or strawberries, the pulp of one papaya, and one to three teaspoons of flaxseed oil.
- Drink with a mineral supplement containing 100% of the daily value of nutrients and 200 micrograms of chromium picolinate.