In college, staying on top of your mental health is super important. When away from home, it is easy to let stress get the best of you, however, by adding some of these foods into your diet, you may be helping your mind to increase your overall well being and mental health.

1. Leafy Greens

Those who consume their daily servings of leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, are said to have a slower rate of cognitive decline than those who do not. Additionally, greens like spinach help to increase levels of serotonin which contribute to the feeling of well being and overall happiness. These are extremely easy to fit into your diet, whether it be in a salad, blended into a smoothie, or on a sandwich. 

kale, spinach
Susie Choi

2. Berries

Berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries, are extremely rich in Vitamin C and many other antioxidants. These antioxidants have been known to improve many symptoms linked with anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Additionally, berries are very easy to include in a diet, great on their own, in cereal, on toast or in a smoothie. 

apple, juice, sweet, pasture
Santina Renzi

3. Yogurt

Yogurt, which has tons of probiotic bacteria, helps to break down food. It not only helps with digestion but allows the body to use its nutrients more efficiently. And, according to recent research, there is a link between good gut health and healthy mental status. Yogurt can easily be added to your diet, as an easy snack by itself or with granola for breakfast.

yogurt, milk
Jason Cruz

4. Walnuts

Walnuts contain many nutrients that can help to improve learning skills and reduce anxiety. They also help to lower blood pressure and help with gut health. Walnuts easy to incorporate into your daily diet, whether you eat them alone as a snack, in a nut bread, or in pesto on pasta. 

nut, walnut, sweet, cereal, honey
Torey Walsh

5. Salmon

Salmon contains Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and many other nutrients that promote brain health and wellness. These nutrients also allow you to better handle stressors that trigger anxiety. Salmon is generally $20/pound and can be prepared any numbers of ways, including grilled, pan-fried, or roasted.  

meat, vegetable, barbecue, chicken breast, pork, sauce, grilled salmon, steak, fillet, chicken, fish
Laura Palladino

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