Winter blues can affect anyone. During these darker days, we recommend consuming more foods known to support your serotonin production. Foods like nuts, seeds, tofu, spinach, sweet potatoes, pineapple, beans, leafy greens, tomatoes, dark chocolate, and fermented foods lead the way to better serotonin levels. Below are additional recommendations to keep your mind and body healthy through winter months.  

Additional ways to stave off the dark days of winter include: 

Certain spices that may help reduce anxiety and depression include cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, rosemary, thyme, and saffron. 

Berries are another mood-enhancing food. 🫐

Green tea contains L-theanine, which increases dopamine. 🍵

Almonds are high in B2 as well as magnesium which helps you produce anti-stress hormones. Almonds are also rich in zinc. Zinc deficiency can put us at risk for depression and cause difficulties with memory and learning. We say, keep calm and almond on. Blues begone. 😌

No surprise here: exercise, sunshine—or light therapy—and positive human connections are also excellent ways to improve your sense of well-being during the winter months. 

Maple Cardamom Almonds are one of our favorite mood-lifting flavors. Cardamom is such a happy fragrance! When a new batch is roasting, the aroma in the kitchen is divine.

If you're eating more nuts and whole foods this year, give yourself a high five for all that self-care! ✋

February 04, 2023 — Shanna Koenig Camuso