Mood-Boosting Study Snacks

Graphic by: Tandis Shoushtary
Graphic by: Tandis Shoushtary

For most of us, food is a go-to stress reliever. It comforts, it soothes, and for a few short moments it helps us forget about the four-page report we put off until the last minute. Here is a collection of snacks that not only taste good, but can also improve your overall mood.

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Edamame contains a lot of magnesium, which helps the development of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that acts as an antidepressant. Edamame are good when heated up and salted, allowing for a quick, easy snack with minimal preparation.

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Dark Chocolate:

Dark chocolate provides a boost in concentration and mood because it stimulates the production of endorphins (pleasure chemicals), contains serotonin which acts as an antidepressant, and improves blood flow to the brain. Plus, as we all know, it tastes amazing.

Graphic by: Tandis Shoushtary
Graphic by: Tandis Shoushtary


Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C, which helps lower blood pressure and aids high stress hormones to get back to normal levels faster. Other citrus fruits, like pineapples, lemons, and grapefruits can also do this. For a refreshing beverage you can make fresh squeezed juice.

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Green Tea:
Green tea contains a lot of theanine, which helps reduce anxiety and can help relieve depression. You can enjoy it iced or hot with honey and lemon.

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Greek Yogurt:

Greek yogurt is full of protein, which can increase levels of pleasure boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Try eating it with honey and sliced banana for breakfast, or before homework to increase your focus.

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Avocado contains tryptophan which aids in the production of serotonin, and high levels of folic acid, which, according to a study by Tufts University, can help prevent depression. Avocado is easy to prepare. A good way to eat it is sliced on top of a whole wheat piece of toast, and topped with olive oil, salt and pepper.


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