If you want to feel your best and do your best thinking, you have to give your brain and body high-quality nutrition.  Certain foods offer an abundance of bliss-enhancing nutrients that can help you feel more relaxed and lift your mood, naturally.   Here are just 5 of my favorites:

1. Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate:  Cacao beans—used to make chocolate—contain hundreds of blissful, health-promoting properties that support a positive mood, the natural ability to focus, and a healthy cardiovascular system.  One such property is a phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural chemical released by your brain when falling in love.


2. Raw Spinach:  Dark leafy greens such as raw spinach, chard and kale are full of magnesium, an essential nutrient that encourages mind/body relaxation, decreased pain, better sleep, and so much more.  Substitute raw spinach anywhere you would use lettuce for an instant bliss-boost!

3. Lean, High-Quality Protein:  Protein satiates, helps balance blood sugar and provides the necessary building blocks for brain health.  Eating a little bit of high-quality protein multiple times per day will help your brain produce dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter involved in pleasure, focus and motivation.

4. Walnuts:  Reminiscent of tiny brains, walnuts are the perfect on-the-go brain food!  They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, an essential nutrient that supports healthy brain cell membranes.  Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are wonderful for supporting a positive mood, the ability to get a good night’s sleep, a healthy memory, and so much more.

5. Saffron:   Ancient cultures around the world have cherished saffron for centuries and have cultivated it for use as a culinary spice, digestion aid and mood-boosting aphrodisiac.  This vibrant-hued spice is known as the most expensive in the world—for good reason.  New research suggests that saffron may support healthy levels of serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of happiness and well-being.