5 Unexpected Mood-Boosting Foods You're Probably Eating
You know superfoods are good for you, but some of the everyday foods you eat may provide a dose of happiness, too.
And you thought these were just a tasty snack. "Pumpkin seeds provide an incredible amount of zinc and magnesium—and are easy to add to almost anything, from yogurt to stir-fries," says Ramsey. Thanks to its role as a neurotransmitter and an antioxidant, zinc can keep you peppy, and one small study found that zinc supplementation may reduce depression and anger. Magnesium, on the other hand, "balances out your body's stress response, helping you to handle tension and worry better," says Somer. A one-ounce serving of pepitas is just 153 calories but also nearly 40 percent of your daily requirement for magnesium, and 14 percent of your need for zinc.