Need a bit of a boost? Would you like an extra pep in your step? Look no further than your cabinets, refrigerator and grocery store shelves. According to Greatist, certain nutrients can help improve our mood and decrease stress. What are they, you may ask? These 9 plant-based foods from our Food Monster App have nutrients that can boost your mood.

Nutrition, while important for good health, should not be considered as a substitute for proper mental health or medical treatment. 


1. Chia Ginger FrescaChia Ginger Fresca

Source: Chia Ginger Fresca

Omega-3 fatty acids are known for improving our mood, and while many people think fish are the only way to get them, chia seeds are actually a good source of omega-3s as well. Chia seeds are also high in protein and fiber, making them even healthier. Try Jesse Jane Lee‘s healthy Chia Ginger Fresca, which has nausea-easing properties from the ginger and lemon, lots of immune-boosting vitamin C and tons of digestion-enhancing fiber from the chia seeds.

2. Chia Pudding With BlueberriesChia Pudding With Blueberries

Source: Chia Pudding With Blueberries 

One ounce of chia seeds can contain 4,915 mg of omega-3s, according to Healthline. Judy Moosmueller‘s Chia Pudding With Blueberries is sweet and nourishing while also being highly customizable.


3. Creamy Butternut Mac and CheeseCreamy Butternut Mac and Cheese

Source: Creamy Butternut Mac and Cheese

Vitamin B12 helps promote blood-cell formation, a healthy nervous system, and has also been found to be a natural mood-booster, according to The Cut. While plant-based vitamin B12 can be tricky to find naturally, fortified foods like soy milk, tofu, non-dairy yogurts, and nutritional yeast can be helpful for getting the B12 you need as a vegan. Just be sure to check the labels to see how much B12 the product contains. Try Rachel Hanawalt‘s Creamy Butternut Mac and Cheese, which is perfect for dinner.

4. Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells With Cashew Alfredo

Source: Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells With Cashew Alfredo

Use your fortified nutritional yeast to add a “cheesy” flavor to this Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells With Cashew Alfredo! It’s topped with herbs, this dish is elegant, satisfying, and surprisingly easy to make.


5. Mango Sorbet With Banana and PineappleMango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple

Source: Mango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple

Bananas are a great plant-based source of vitamin B6, and the healthy carbs in bananas will help you absorb the tryptophan they contain before converting it into serotonin, according to So, opt for Emily von Euw‘s Mango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple.


6. Banana and Peanut Butter FlapjacksBanana and Peanut Butter Flapjacks

Source: Banana and Peanut Butter Flapjacks

Hayley Canning‘s Banana and Peanut Butter Flapjacks are another great way to incorporate bananas into your everyday meals! Then this is mixed with oats, which results in an amazingly healthy sweet, soft and chewy satisfying snack or breakfast on-the-go!

7. Chickpea and Edamame QuinoaChickpea and Edamame Quinoa

Source: Chickpea and Edamame Quinoa 

Folate, also known as vitamin B9, promotes cell growth and division as well as helping your body form red blood cells. A deficiency in folate has been linked to depression, according to Psychology Today. Katrina Abram‘s Chickpea and Edamame Quinoa adds an assortment of vibrant color and different textures.


8. Edamame Seaweed SaladEdamame Seaweed Salad

Source: Edamame Seaweed Salad

Melissa Tedesco‘s Edamame Seaweed Salad can be served as a light lunch or a side with dinner and is another delicious lunch option for a boost.

9. Macrobiotic Pearled Barley Ojiya: Japanese Breakfast PorridgeMacrobiotic Pearled Barley Ojiya: Japanese Breakfast Porridge

Source: Macrobiotic Pearled Barley Ojiya: Japanese Breakfast Porridge

According to a study from Lund University in Sweden, a diet rich in fiber can help improve a person’s mood, as well as their memory and ability to concentrate. Barely is a fantastic source of fiber. Try this Macrobiotic Pearled Barley Ojiya: Japanese Breakfast Porridge from The One Peaceful World.

10. Mushroom StroganoffMushroom Stroganoff

Source: Mushroom Stroganoff

While you can get vitamin D just from being exposed to sunlight, sometimes that isn’t an option, especially in the winter months. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that affects everything from the immune system to the brain, according to Psychology Today. A deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to depression in a number of studies. Mushrooms are a good vegan source of vitamin D! Try Molly Patrick‘s Mushroom Stroganoff.

11. Raw Hemp Chia Seed BarsRaw Hemp Chia Seed Bars

Source: Raw Hemp Chia Seed Bars

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in producing serotonin. It can help convert tryptophan into serotonin, according to Livestrong. Magnesium also helps with the production of proteins and helps muscles and enzymes to function. Hemp seeds are a rich source of magnesium. Try Emily von Euw‘s Raw Hemp Chia Seed Bars.

12. Sesame TofuSesame Tofu

 Source: Sesame Tofu

Tyrosine is an amino acid found in sesame seeds that can help increase the brain’s levels of dopamine, according to Dr. AxeAccording to WebMD, Tyrosine has been used to promote learning and memory during times of stress. Use sesame seeds in this Sesame Tofu by Rhea Parsons.

13. Raw Nut-Free Sesame CheeseRaw Nut-Free Sesame Cheese

Source: Raw Nut-Free Sesame Cheese

Make this Raw Nut-Free Sesame Cheese by Amanda Nicole Smith for some more added sesame! This is an absolute must-try on crackers.

14. Savory Mushroom OatsSavory Mushroom Oats

Source: Savory Mushroom Oats 

Zinc is a mineral that has a role in how the brain responds to stress, Psychology Today reports. A deficiency in zinc has been linked with depression, seizures, and ADHD symptoms. There are a number of vegan options for getting zinc, one of which are oats, which are also rich in fiber. Meredith Youngson‘s Savory Mushroom Oats are a great source.

15. Turmeric Ginger OatmealTurmeric Ginger Oatmeal

Source: Turmeric Ginger Oatmeal

For more oat recipes, try Claire Ragozzino‘s Turmeric Ginger Oatmeal for breakfast! This quick and easy recipe is a nourishing way to start your day.

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