mood-foodDid you know that eating the right foods at the certain times throughout the day can make you feel happier, calmer, and more productive? The next time you’re craving a bite to eat, keep these insights in mind.

How Often Should I Eat?

Eating small meals and snacks throughout the day is a great way to avoid becoming “hangry”, which will also keep you focused and productive. Eating smaller portions regularly during the day will also help you maintain a healthy metabolism for more consistent energy levels.

In addition to smaller, more frequent snacks, hydration is a key factor for maintaining your overall health and mental clarity. Dehydration causes headaches and fatigue, so drink up!

What Should I Eat?

Choosing the right snack can considerably affect your mood in much the same way as your snacking frequency. When selecting your snack, consider the long-term benefits. During this time of year, when it’s hot outside, a tasty fruit salad can be refreshing, flavorful, and a great way to get a mix of vitamins and nutrients as well.

Research shows that dark chocolate also supports your mood.  Full of antioxidants that increase blood flow to your brain, this indulgent snack can improve your productivity and promote clearer thinking! Plus, it can be a special treat to help boost your mood.

Dairy products like milk and cheese are also great options.  They contain essential fats and calcium, and they have also been shown to help improve your critical thinking ability. The added boost of protein will also keep you satisfied until your next meal!

Remember these tips during your next snack break to see how these and other better-for-you snacks can help boost your mood.