We all know that eating a diet of pizza, Twinkies, and soda can wreak havoc on your health and your waistline. However, many other foods, drinks, and snacks can also cause your mood to instantly or gradually deflate. If you find yourself craving a crunchy treat, a sweet treat, or even something creamy, try these simple swaps. Not only are they good for your health, but they can also boost your mood almost immediately.
Swap out Mayonnaise or Ranch Dressing for an Avocado
If you are craving a creamy condiment, an avocado might just do the trick! Not only do avocados have a naturally creamy consistency, but they also contain serotonin—a neurotransmitter known to boost moods. Avocado is great on salads, sandwiches, and anything that needs a little pizzazz! You can spice it right to get a taste similar to ranch dressing, or mix it to get a creamy texture like mayonnaise.
Swap out Microwave Popcorn for Roasted Chickpeas
Most microwave popcorn is chock-full of artificial ingredients and additives that will leave your mood feeling blue. So, if you’re craving something crunchy and salty for a movie night, try roasted chickpeas instead. Chickpeas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can naturally raise your serotonin levels. You can season them with your favorite herbs and spices for a savory treat. Plus, the added protein will make you feel fuller, faster. So say goodbye to mindless munching on popcorn!
Swap out Ice Cream for Banana Ice Cream
If you are craving a cool and sweet treat, ice cream is usually the first food that comes to mind. However, the high sugar and dairy content can cause anxiety, depression, and stomach pains for some. Instead, trade in the sugar-filled ice cream that will leave you crashing for some natural sweetness with homemade banana ice cream. Simply blend a frozen banana with your favorite non-dairy milk (coconut or almond) and in minutes, you have a sweet and cool treat.
Swap Out Potato Chips for Kale Chips
If you find yourself craving a salty, crunchy potato chip, try swapping for kale chips instead. You still get the crunch and the salt without the artificial flavors and unhealthy oils. Instead, your body will gain the detoxifying and mood-boosting benefits this leafy green has to offer. Plus, you can flavor them with fresh herbs and spices that will make your taste buds happy!