Snacking right can also do a lot to lift your mood when you're feeling down. Mood-enhancing snacks are not only yummy, but also help release happy hormones that encourage a happier disposition.
5-Minute Banana Snack Balls (Living Well Mom)
Banana is a good source of tryptophan, a brain chemical that helps regulate mood. If you're in need of a quick pick-me-up that doesn't need a ton of ingredients, try this 5-Minute Banana Snack Balls recipe from Living Well Mom. It only requires six ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
"Bananas are one of my kids’ favorite fruits and they’ve been asking me to create a banana snack ball recipe for months. So a couple months ago, I decided to give it a try. It wasn’t just me; all four of my kids were with me in the kitchen, happily taste-testing along the way."
- 3 bananas
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups gluten-free oats
A Simple Snack with Apples, Walnuts and Raisins (MJ's Kitchen)
According to the British Journal of Health Psychology, eating fruits like apples can produce a calming effect and improve one's overall mood. If you're looking for an apple snack that's easy to assemble, you might want to try making this refreshing Simple Snack with Apples, Walnuts and Raisins by MJ's Kitchen.
"Other than 1 apple, exact amounts are not provided. Just add as much of everything that you want to the sliced apple. One apple with a few walnuts and raisins, make a great little snack for 2 people; however, when I make this for a roadtrip, I’ll use two apples with more of everything else."
- 1 apple, cored and sliced
- A handful of walnut pieces
- A smaller handful of raisins or dried cranberries
- Two generous dashes of ground cinnamon
Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites (Healthy Seasonal Recipes)
Why does eating chocolate instantly puts one in a better mood? According to Journal of Proteome Research, dark chocolate reduces the stress hormone cortisol, making one more relaxed and happier. Try this Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites by Healthy Seasonal Recipes to melt your stress away.
"These Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites are a super simple and healthy snack and will satisfy your chocolate cravings in only 15 minutes!"
- 1 ½ cup Old Fashioned oats
- 3 tablespoons dark cocoa
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Generous pinch salt
- 1 cup pitted soft dates, 4 ounces
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 3 tablespoons dark pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
- 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, plus 3 Tablespoons more for melting, optional
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Make a big batch of snack balls and keep them in air-tight containers in the fridge to have healthy snacks to munch on throughout the week.