Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Get Happy Snacks

(Source: Natural Health Magazine, October 2008 edition)

A Hearty Snack does more than quell hunger-it can also improve your mood, says dietician Molly Morgan. The secret is to eat something with carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats, Morgan explains. Carbs in foods like whole grains, fruits, and veggies reduce stress; the protein in eggs, dairy, and beans keep you alert and energetic; and omega-3 fats in flaxseed, walnuts, salmon, and sardines may ease depression. Try one of these snacks next time you feel blue:

Fish Fix: A slice of whole-grain bread + 1 1/2 ounces smoked salmon + 1 slice of hard-boiled egg

Dairy Dose: 1 cup of plain yogurt + 1/2 cup blueberries + 1 tablespoon walnuts

Protein Power: 2 tablespoons hummus + 1/2 cup carrots + 5 flaxseed crackers

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