Wouldn’t it be a dream come true if eating could actually make you feel more happy and calm? Imagine experiencing these positive effects not only while enjoying your meal, but also long after you savored your last bite. Good news! The truth is that some foods are actually designed to make our bodies feel happy. To make it easy for you, we have collated our top 6 foods that will bring more joy into your life.
Becoming a chocoholic is easy when this treat is jam-packed with goodness. When indulging in chocolate, a group of chemicals found called N-acylethanolamine channels your brain to release endorphins, our pleasure feeling chemical, and as a result you feel happy and satisfied after savoring this delicious treat. And with studies suggesting that it can improve heart health, chocolate’s reputation is on the rise. Now that’s worth celebrating!
This might sound ludicrous, but hear us out! Spicy foods, like chili peppers, can make you feel happy thanks to a small chemical called capsaicin, which funny enough is also the reason behind the chili’s heat. When you eat something hot, this chemical attaches itself to the pain receptors found in your nose and mouth signaling to your brain that you are in pain, and as a result, your brain releases endorphins. This funny reaction could be the reason why so many of us love spicy food.
Surprisingly, it’s not only the plant-based foods that deserve praise. Both chicken and turkey contain several amino acids that help you to maintain a joyful mood. Firstly we have tryptophan, which helps increase the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that facilitates satisfaction, happiness, and optimism. Secondly, we find tyrosine, which helps your body to cope with stress, and is a building block for the neurotransmitters that are responsible for controlling your mood.
Salmon, together with other fish, is a phenomenal source of both nutrition and happiness. It has a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve your mood, and a high level of vitamin B12, which helps the production of serotonin. A food that is delicious, nutritious and aids in feelings of wellbeing? Sign us up for that!
The way Popeye engulfed this leaf, we knew there was something more to it than meets the eye. Many leafy greens, such as spinach, are very high in folic acid, which is known to reduce fatigue and alleviate depression. And to top it off, it contains high levels of magnesium, which helps maintain our serotonin level and promote positive feelings.
A happiness list is never complete without everyone’s favorite fruit. Avocados are rich in tryptophan, the essential amino acid used by our brain to produce serotonin, our feel-good chemical. It also is packed with foliate and Omega-3, which are beneficial for skin, hair, and nails. It’s a well-known fact that when you look good, you feel good!
When preparing our meals, we make sure to use only the best ingredients available, and that includes choosing ingredients that will promote happiness and wellbeing. See our full list of meals available, and choose to serve your family a slice of happiness today.