The days may be getting cooler, but that’s no reason to be feeling blue! With an abundance of fresh produce in season, there’s never been a better time to dive into the wonderful health benefits of fall foods!

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Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t throw these out! Although Pumpkin is a great source of vitamins and minerals for your body, did you know that it’s seeds are just as beneficial to you? Potent mood boosters, Pumpkin seeds are packed with Zinc which is an essential mineral for resiliency and often used to treat downswings. Known as the original ‘chill pill’, the seeds also contain a strong dosage of Magnesium which helps ease anxiety.

 

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Spinach & Other Leafy Greens

Another source of high Magnesium dosage is found in leafy greens, like Spinach or Swiss Chard. Not only will consuming your leafy greens give you your daily source of vitamins and minerals but at the same time, it works to boost your brain health due to other important mood-boosting properties the vegetables contains, such as Tryptophan and Folate. It’s a great time to go green!

 

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Cinnamon

A tasty addition to your fall coffee. Cinnamon is historically known for its treatment of various health conditions. A great mood booster, this spice works to regulate blood sugar levels and is also packed with Magnesium. In a recent study, it has also been recently found that simply smelling the spice boosts cognitive function and memory, making it a great addition to your daily brew!

 

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Turkey

Another great source of Tryptophan, consuming Turkey helps your body produce the feel-good chemical serotonin. This could be one of the reasons why everybody loves Thanksgiving (Food + Family!) Besides from its mood-lifting benefits, Turkey is a great source of low-fat Protein, meaning you can stay fuller for longer with plenty of energy to keep you going throughout those colder days.

 

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Eggplant

The perfect color scheme for fall and readily available, Eggplants are known for their amazing health benefits! In addition to being a good source of Fiber, Copper, Vitamin B1, and Manganese, the vegetable is a great source of Antioxidants which makes the vegetable a great pick me for your body’s energy levels (don’t forget they make for great home decor during fall!).