Foods that can improve your mood

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- What you eat can affect your weight and your health, but did you know it can also affect your mood?

Registered dietitian Rachel Jones talked to 3TV about the foods you can eat to improve your mood.

Sad: Coffee. Go get a small latte with one shot of espresso (100mg of caffeine) and one percent milk. The combination of the stimulating caffeine plus the relaxing small peptides (protein?chains) in the milk will help to increase neuron activity in the brain, without overstimulation -- just enough to help you get out of a sour mood, but not enough to make you feel jittery?and tense. Note = you need to stop at only one shot of espresso; consuming more caffeine will tip the scales towards tension/anxiety.

Angry: Nuts. Almonds and walnuts contain both lignans and healthy fatty acids, which can induce a mild relaxation effect. Plus, the "crunch" of chewing can help to?diffuse anger.

Tired: Grapes. They contain antioxidant compounds called OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanins), which can improve mental and physical energy levels. An even richer source of OPCs?is New Zealand pine bark extract, which can be taken as a tea or a dietary supplement, and has been studied for improving "brain energy" and ADHD.

Stressed: Dark chocolate. It contains both theobromine and flavonoids (for mental energy) and a small amount of sugar (for reducing sweet cravings induced by the stress?hormone, cortisol).

Sore: Pineapple. It contains the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which helps reduce inflammation and control pain and swelling.

Anxious: Green tea, which contains the relaxing amino acid theanine. It induces a state of "relaxed alertness," where you feel "in the zone."