I mentioned soups last week, but left out broccoli & cheese soup so I could include it specifically as a veggie soup possibility. Not only are veggie soups a great way to combine comfort with "eating your vegetables," but they also may make you feel more full, helping you avoid winter weight gain. Along with cravings, some winter blues and many SAD sufferers notice an increase in appetite during fall & winter.
So letting veggies add some of the bulk is a good strategy. But there also is a vegetable that you can use to boost serotonin this winter that may also help you sleep more soundly each night, and you can eat it straight out of the can.
Or, I should say, put it in a bowl first. or mix it up with other deliciousness...
"Corn is rich in an antioxidant (ferulic acid), which numerous studies show raises serotonin and reverses damage by free radicals in mood-managing areas of the brain. Why canned corn? It has a whopping 550% more ferulic acid than fresh due to the heat used in the canning process, report Cornell University researchers. The result: a bigger happiness boost in every serving!"
Neat, right? Which veggie would you find easiest to add to your winter meal plan?
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