Sometimes, we just need to eat bad food.
Whether it's a bad day at work or uncomfortably cold weather, there are times when we want nothing more than something sugary, salty, and inherently bad for us. It's as if nothing can make us happy unless it's processed and finger-licking good. There's nothing wrong with indulging in these cravings every once in a while, but it turns out eating healthy instead can do a lot more than just get rid of your guilt over that bowl of chocolate ice cream.
Eating a steady, healthy diet may be the key to keeping your spirits up, as a study discussed recently by Examiner Debbie Nicholson tells us. The study, by Drs. Tamlin Conner and Caroline Horwath of the University of Otago in New Zealand, looked to student test subjects to examine the correlation between healthy eating and a more positive mood. The results proved that snacking smart does more than just keep your body healthy, it can help you feel more positive.
So what does this mean for our bad-mood binges? Fruits and veggies may make our brain happy, but can they really satisfy our taste buds? Try a few of these (nearly) guilt-free snacking remedies next time you're feeling down, and get ready for a boost, plus a sense of pride for resisting those potato chips.
Jump on the Greek yogurt trend. This tangy, healthy treat is all the rage right now, but some people find it a little too tangy. Tone it down and add a boost of energy, plus positive thoughts, by mixing in some berries, walnuts, and honey. The honey satisfies your sweet tooth while the fruit and nuts start working their positive magic in your mind.
Dip, dip, dip. What's more indulgent then creamy, rich ranch dressing? Make your veggies feel a little more indulgent by breaking out your favorite dip or salad dressing and dipping away. You'll get the benefits of vegetables plus something to amp up the flavor. Fruit and whipped cream is a nice sweet version of this snack, too.
Ok, have a little chocolate. They say dark chocolate is good for your heart, right? Make it good for your heart and your mind by drizzling some over your favorite fruit. According to Connor and Horwath, it takes a good seven or eight servings of fruits and vegetables to really see the impact on your mood, so eat a little chocolate if it'll help you want more of that pineapple.