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Fuel Yourself for the New Year

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on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 in School Nutrition Blog

FuelYourselfNewYearStave off the winter blues with foods that de-stress! The cold, short days of winter are notorious for affecting our mood. Though most of us might feel a little more sluggish during this time, some people get a really bad case of the winter blues known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Luckily, there are a few foods that can help keep the blues at bay.


Omega-3 has been shown to help us maintain healthy levels of dopamine and serotonin, two brain chemicals that impact our mood greatly. Eating foods rich in omega-3 can help turn your frown upside down! Really great food sources of Omega-3 include oily, fatty fish like salmon, anchovies, herring, and sardines. Walnuts and flaxseed also contain Omega-3s, but our body’s ability to convert it into the active form is limited. Carbs promote the production of serotonin, but not all carbs are created equal. Skip the simple carbs like sugar, white bread, and white rice and opt for complex carbs like popcorn, lentils, brown rice and sweet potatoes, instead.


Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin, yet we receive very little sunshine during the long, cold winter months. There is a correlation between low levels of Vitamin D and depression. Foods high in vitamin D include milk, egg yolk, fortified cereals and codfish oil. With needs for vitamin D being higher than what is typically found in food, you may also need to supplement as well.


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