Twelve Mood-Boosting Foods that Won’t Break the Bank

wellness tips Jun 17, 2022

By: Annette-Mai White @striveoverstress

Recently, Movement Genius hosted a special class led by health coach and clinical trauma educator Annette Mai. Along with her many certifications, Annette also happens to be an impressive holistic chef. Since health foods are often quite expensive, Annette shared twelve mood-boosting foods that will satisfy both your stomach and wallet. We had to share the delicious news!

  1. Turmeric: Available in grocery stores, this spice increases neurotransmitters that produce happiness. That’s something to smile about! Just be sure to include black pepper with it so the turmeric can activate.
  2. Tomatoes: Make sure you add these to your salad  - the lycopene reduces inflammation and can help reduce depression.
  3. Beets: Betaine, found in this vegetable, can make antidepressant molecules inside your brain, and they taste better than flavorless pills. They also slowly release sugar as you digest, allowing for a natural sugar high!
  4. Herbal Tea: Without the caffeine, these teas can make you feel better since they boost serotonin and dopamine. 
  5. Asparagus: Tryptophan, also found in turkey, releases positive neurotransmitters, allowing for a plant based alternative to get the same benefit.
  6. Swiss Chard: Charcuterie lovers  - sorry, it's not cheese. This leafy green provides magnesium, which can support better sleep, improve PMS symptoms, and lower blood pressure.
  7. Lentils:  The folate in this popular soup ingredient helps your mood with the help of another booster, L - tyrosine.
  8. Oatmeal: This breakfast staple has magnesium and fiber. The fiber helps with blood sugar and prevents mood swings. Be careful of flavored oats, though - sticking to steel cut and adding natural flavor is a better bet for a healthier choice.
  9. Blackstrap Molasses: The next time you’re looking to butter your bread, try this spread for an anxiety reducing alternative. 
  10. Seeds: Specifically butternut squash seeds may help reduce anxiety, particularly for people who are socially anxious. 
  11. Vitamin D fortified Cereal: Looking for some breakfast? Finding an off-brand option can reduce costs and derive the same benefits. (Also getting outside will get you some free Vitamin D from the sun!)
  12. Dark Chocolate: Let’s save the best for last! The higher the cacao percentage, the better. Cocoa flavoring makes you feel calmer. Let’s be honest: even without the studies, we all know we feel better after a piece! 

Movement Genius Members - find the full list and details from Annette Mai in your accounts now. If you aren’t yet a member, sign up today for this and more healthy tips! Happy (grocery) shopping!


Stay in the know.

Sign up for our emails to find out about our monthly themes and new classes.

We hate SPAM. We will never sell your information, for any reason.