8. BEANS AND PEAS
The Mediterranean style diet includes food such as chickpeas, peas, beans and lentils. Studies have found that these foods play a very vital role in preventing depression. These foods are fibrous and support the live bacteria which are good for our body. They provide probiotics which actually feed the good gut bacteria in our body.
The intake of beans and peas depends on one’s gender and age. Generally, 1 to 2 cups of these foods should be taken per week. Hummus is a very yummy dish to meet up your requirement of chickpeas.
9. HOT COCOA
A research was published in Journal of Psychopharmacology and it showed the amazing benefits of having chocolate drinks for a month. Chocolate is rich in antioxidants especially polyphenols. Over here, keep it in mind that we are not talking about milk chocolates available everywhere these days. They have less cocoa and more sugar.
Pure cocoa has lots of benefits and is a good mood booster. In a research, 72 females were divided into three groups, each drinking hot cocoa with 0 mg, 250 mg and 500 mg of polyphenol. The group which drank the highest polyphenol was found to have good moods and were found to be very calmer as compared to the other two groups.