We've got 10 foods to make you a better mom.
Mother’s Day is the day your family celebrates you. But, it can also be a day when you reflect about the job you are doing (as a mother) and what changes you want to make to be a better mom.
We are not just talking about counting to ten or picking your battles. We are talking about healthy eating. Your diet affects motherhood and your success or struggles with it.
How does diet affect motherhood?
What you eat can increase your energy levels, help put you in a good mood, clarify your thinking and just overall make your body healthier. Vitamins and minerals in healthy foods send neurotransmitters to your brain and help with mood and cognitive functions. Other benefits are fiber, protein and ease of digestion, as healthier foods leave your body with more energy.
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- Oatmeal:The fiber and complex carbs in this breakfast food (still most important meal of the day) helps glucose levels, which gives you more sustained energy during the day.
- Whole grains: These superfoods like quinoa, brown rice, bulgur and popcorn are a good source of fiber, giving your brain a healthy dose of glucose to increase energy. Rich in vitamin B and antioxidants, whole grains are good for overall wellness too.
- Yogurt: Go for the low fat, plain variety. The vitamins and minerals like tryptophan, zinc, vitamin B, and protein are good for increasing and maintaining your energy.
- Legumes: Beans like lentils, chickpeas and cannelli beans are "super" for their high-soluble fiber, protein, minerals (like zinc, iron and potassium) and are packed with antioxidants. All of these ingredients are great for sustaining high energy. Soybeans (think edamame) are packed with tryptophan, which aids in sleep and decreases mood swings, making you more awake, happier and more energetic.
- Oranges: The vitamin C packed into these pretty round packages help decrease stress hormones so you can have a more care-free and energy-packed day.
- Pineapple: Packed with manganese, vitamin B, C and fiber, this fruit can kick up your energy and increase your mood.
- Brussel sprouts, asparagus, spinach: These veggies are rich in folic acid, which increases serotonin (a natural mood-enhancer) levels in the brain. Another reason you’ll be smiling? Green veggies are a healthy part of your eating regimen.
- Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, cashews and peanuts are packed with magnesium, which helps boost your mood. They’ve also got protein and Vitamin D, which go a long way towards whipping your cognitive function (thinking) into shape and making sure it does not falter as you age.
- Berries: Many berries are brimming with antioxidants, which improves memory (so you don’t forget a pickup or teacher conference!). Blueberries also have vitamins A, B, C, E, potassium, zinc and more. All are great for memory and keep you thinking clearly.
- Fish: There are tons of yummy recipes for salmon, tuna (albacore) and mackerel, which are a fabulous source of omega 3 fatty acids. These foods increase brain function big time. They help you think straight and enhance your memory too.
This Mother’s Day, think about incorporating some of these superfoods into your menus—and your kids’ too!
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