The holiday is approaching like a speeding train. Before you panic, know that you can always count on food to give you that much needed mood boost. Read on.
In an article published on Fox News’ website, Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics listed tart dried cherries as her top pick for foods that boost holiday mood.
“Tart cherries are one of nature’s only sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates your body clock and helps you sleep better. A better night’s sleep definitely impacts your mood!”
Indeed, she has all the reason to love tart cherries. According to a recent study, “consumption of tart cherry juice concentrate provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”
In order to incorporate more tart cherries in your diet, Ansel suggests to sprinkle tart dried cherries to your yogurt or cereal, or to toss a couple of handfuls into cranberry sauce for a sweet, spicy bite.
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