When the weather turns cold, dreary, and worthy of your fleeciest pants, your go-to comfort foods seem like the only ones worth eating. There is science behind their soothing ways, as the amino acid tryptophan can help boost levels of serotonin in the brain, making you feel happier, more at ease, and just plain awesome.
Of course, foods like mac and cheese or buttermilk biscuits are at the top of the list when you’re looking for a good old fashioned food coma, but they’re not the best choice when trying to achieve Bikini Babe status. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy options you can enjoy that will boost your mood without undoing your progress. Pairing these delicious foods with the natural appetite suppressant found in BikiniBOD will leave you feeling satisfied without being overstuffed, so you can enjoy those good vibes all day long.
Post-Thanksgiving dinner, the average American living room is a sea of sleepy relatives and loosened belts. Turkey contains high levels of tryptophan, which can be used to your benefit if you keep an eye on your portions. Pairing your tasty piece of white meat with a helping of sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil to provide added cheerfulness with Vitamin B6 and omega-3’s.
Eggs are so fabulously versatile, they make it easy to get your daily dose of protein and an array of vitamins. The protein in eggs can significantly increase your blood plasma levels of tryptophan, and including the yolks will grant you another amino acid called tyrosine, which contributes to the food’s antioxidant properties. Give a small meal of poached eggs and asparagus a try to help fight depression and strengthen your immune system with vitamins C, E, and A.
Cheese gets a bad rap for being a terrible choice for those trying to achieve svelte Bikini glory. In reality, it’s an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and protein, and another great way to perk up via tryptophan. Just use common sense with your portions and stick to healthier options like Gouda, mozzarella, and Swiss.
Great for more than just piña coladas, pineapple contain a protein called bromelain, which research has shown to reduce the exhaustive side effects of chemotherapy as well as help suppress coughs. Plus, how can you not feel energized when a sweet, tasty treat turns out to be loaded with great-for-you fiber and potassium?
Tofu is a fantastic option for our vegetarian and vegan beauties, as it can be substituted for almost any protein in basically any recipe. Soy products are rich sources of tryptophan, so the smile that spreads across your face as you cook up some tofu vegetable kebabs or tofu stir-fry is no coincidence.
Goji berries are no newbie to the world of healthy, energetic living. They’ve been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to help increase your ability to handle stress and support healthy mood and brain function. You can even find these yummy fruits coated in dark chocolate for a nutritious, antioxidant-rich treat that is hardly a cheat.
Coconut oil may seem like a trendy cure-all, but the benefits it tauts truly stand up to the hype. Coconut oil provides an extremely nutritious source of energy as it consists mostly of medium chain triglycerides, so fat turns into energy quickly and efficiently. Instead of storing it on your hips, your body utilizes the fat in coconut to actually produce energy so you can maintain that pep in your step through the afternoon slump.
We seriously don’t think you can go wrong with salmon. Rich in tryptophan, selenium, niacin, vitamin D, and omega-3’s (just to name a few), there’s not much this tasty fish can’t do to help you feel and look your best. Steamed, baked, or grilled, it’s easy to incorporate into any meal to perk up your mood as well as your palate.
No need to pick favorites here: all nuts and seeds contain tryptophan. It’s tough not to feel incredible when a handful of mixed nuts has been shown to lower your risk of cancer and heart disease while providing vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Snacking on your favorite nut with a few dark chocolate chunks can help enhance alertness and beat stress while stabilizing blood sugar levels, which will ward off any kind of sugar crash that could turn you from Sally Sunshine to Gayle the Grouch—a worthy goal if we’ve ever heard one.
Stress eating, sad eating, indecisive eating, boredom eating—we’ve all partaken in some kind of consumption ritual that typically just leaves us feeling too full and unsatisfied, both physically and emotionally. Food is meant to be enjoyed and make you feel great in return, so incorporating these foods into your diet the next time you’re feeling down or just a little slow for the day will do wonders for your mood. When you choose good food you choose a good mood, so control your appetite and your level of happiness with a snack you can feel amazing about.
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