Mood + Energy Boosting Superfoods

Feeling a little blue this time of year? Many overlook the power of food when it comes to mood and energy levels, but there are actually lots of healthy plant-based foods we can turn to that contain mood and energy boosting properties. Today we’d like to highlight some of our favorite foods that help put the pep back in our step during these winter months.

1. AVOCADO

Yep, you heard it here! Avocado is commonly praised for its healthy fats that are good for the heart, but believe it or not, this delicious superfood significantly benefits the brain too. They are natural hormone balancers and help your brain produce the right “happy” chemicals it needs for healthy function. As a result, eating avocado will leave you feeling happy and energized. // Menu Items: Avocado Herb Toast, Avo Cucumber Sandwich, Avo Portobello Panini, PRO Superberry Bowl, Iron Berry Liquid Meal, Southwest Salad, Southwest Wrap, Southwest Collard Tacos, Southwest Pour-Over Soup

2. RAW CACAO

We’ve got good news for you chocolate lovers. Raw cacao not only makes your taste buds happy but also improves your mood and is one of the best foods to include in your diet when you’re feeling down. There is proven science behind why many give the gift of chocolate. Raw cacao contains a chemical called “phenylethylamine” that once it enters the brain has a “love drug” effect through feel-good endorphins. Don’t worry, this feel-good effect goes deeper than just feelings. Raw cacao contains many other nutritious properties that support the overall health of your body through heart-healthy antioxidants, iron, magnesium, and more! // Menu Items: Cacao Pow Liquid Meal, Coffee Date Liquid Meal, Cacao Power Nut Milk, Almond Banana Toast

3. KALE

Kale isn’t just a trendy leaf, it’s packed full with vitamins and minerals! Among all leafy greens, kale is highest in its carotenoid content, which is linked to one’s overall sense of optimism. Kale is also rich in omega-3’s, which is linked to numerous health benefits including reducing the risk of depression. Not a fan of the bitter taste? Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to season it just the way you like it or you can throw it in a smoothie with other fruits and veggies and you won’t even be able to tell it’s there! // Menu Items: Hail to the Kale Salad, Protein Power Salad, Iron Berry Liquid Meal, Peaches & Greens Liquid Meal, Tuscan Kale Wrap, PRO Superberry Bowl, Forager Pour-Over Soup

4. MACA

A powerful root vegetable that is considered one of the “lost crops of the Andes”, Maca is an ancient superfood that has more recently been highlighted by health experts. Among other healing properties, Maca is a natural hormone balancer that improves energy, mood, and memory thanks to its high antioxidant content. At Fruitive, we are excited to offer it as one of our add-in booster options for our liquid meals, superberry bowls, or even one of our nut milks! // Menu Items: Maca Berry Superberry Bowl

 

Sarah Fitschen