It sometimes can feel challenging to keep in a cheery, bright mood all day long as the temperatures drop and the days become shorter as we head into the winter months. But there’s a fantastic thing that happens when you eat certain foods – food can have incredible healing and mood-boosting properties, especially when you choose the right ones for the season.
So here are five different foods and drinks that are tried and true to brighten your mood even as the days get dimmer, darker, and colder.
An excellent homemade soup will not only warm you up from the inside out, but most are hearty and filling, so you won’t have to get up from under your blankets again anytime soon to get more food!
Rather than opting for a canned version of a good hot soup, try making one from scratch, preferably using a slow cooker or crockpot. Throw in tons of healthy veggies (carrots, potatoes, onions, etc.), along with some meat, broth, and seasonings, and cook throughout the entire day, so you have a hot dinner waiting for you when you get home. Your house will smell delightful and welcoming, and you’ll come back to a perfect hot wintertime meal.
There’s just something about a steaming glass of hot cocoa that brings you back to childhood nostalgia. And as an adult, it’s even OK to add a shot of Bailey’s or other liqueur for a little extra added delight.
The cup will warm your hands, and the liquid will warm your heart and soul – figuratively speaking. Choose a hot cocoa mix that’s dark chocolate for a heart-healthier option, and have some on the stove ready to drink when you come in from a cold night out shoveling snow or hanging Christmas lights.
Holiday wine can be the perfect after-dinner drink to help you warm up, relax, and get cozy. The difference lies in the spices that are added to holiday wines – usually some cinnamon or nutmeg, or any combination of other spices that makes it taste oh so yummy.
Plus, holiday wine is served hot, almost like a tea, so similarly to the cup of hot cocoa, it will warm up your body inside and out. Holiday wine can be the perfect treat for curling up next to a fire with a blanket and a book or movie. Just make sure you drink responsibly!
Apple pies. Apple strudel. Apple cider. Apple donuts. Everything apple!
Apples are the classic food of the fall and winter months, and what better way to celebrate the flavors than to include apples in just about everything you eat? What makes them so unique, and what will likely cheer you up about eating apple products, is that they’re only this accessible for a few months of the year – so let yourself remember your last holiday season and get excited for this year’s as you sip on some cider or enjoy a hot batch of apple crisp!
Pumpkin is another classic flavor – mostly reserved for Thanksgiving, but now spilling over into the Christmas and other holiday times, as well. Far more so than ever, we see pumpkin-flavored everything popping up by early September to help us gear up for the upcoming season.
Indulge once in a while and treat yourself to a pumpkin coffee or a pumpkin bagel on any random day – the flavors will surely remind you of holiday cheer! Plus, there’s just something about those spicy flavors that you can’t help but smile while you’re ingesting them!