Eats to ease winter!

Long, dark winter days can leave us feeling sleepy and down right unmotivated. Many people struggle with what is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD through the winter months. SAD is a type of depression said to come from a lack of sunshine.  Now whether you find yourself experiencing a minor bit of SAD or you’re just a little low on energy there are some great foods available this time of year to help beat those winter blues.

Here are five foods to help you stay happy and healthy through the winter months!


1.  Apples

This fruit is full of fiber which means apples can be a great food to help maintain energy throughout the day. ‘An apple a day’ keeps the doctor away.  It also keeps the 3 PM "groggies" away.

2.  Walnuts

These nuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is great fuel for a healthy, happy, brain! Some studies have even shown that walnuts can reduce the feelings of sadness and anxiety. These can be a perfect mid-afternoon healthy snack.

3.  Dark Chocolate

Mmm… Chocolate… In moderation, of course! Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is the same endorphin that gets released when people fall in love. Treat yourself to a little love with a couple squares of some high-quality dark chocolate.

4.  Whole Grains

There are a number of whole grains available for our eating pleasure these days.  Brown rice, oatmeal and barley just to name a few. These foods are rich in complex carbs which help you feel fuller for longer.  When you eat whole grains, you are then left with a more satisfied and relaxed feeling.

5.  Shiitake Mushrooms

This versatile mushroom is packed with a number health-improving benefits, one being selenium. Some studies have even found that low levels of selenium can cause anxiousness and/or irritability.  This mineral is also very helpful in keeping up the body’s immune system. So to avoid being a sick and grumpy bear, and try sautéing up some shiitake mushrooms with your next meal.  

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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About the Author

KyLee Fournier is a certified sports nutritional consultant, living in Kelowna, BC who helps clients across North America make better decisions regarding what they eat.  Her specialty is plant-based nutrition.  She's also one of the minds behind www.Vegbelly.com, a site that interviews leaders in the vegetarian and vegan community.


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