Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Power Foods

Following is a list of power foods I came across in a women's health article:

Apples, Avocados, Beans, Berries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Canola Oil, Carrots, Cold Water Fatty Fish, Dark Chocolate, Garlic, Kiwifruit, Nuts, Olives/Olive Oil, Oranges, Pumpkin, Red Grapes, Skim Milk, Soy, Spices, Spinach, Tea, Tomatoes, Whole Grains, Yogurt. (All good foods that are also known to help prevent cancer)

Here's what I consume on a weekly basis:
Canola Oil, Dark Chocolate, Nuts, Spices, Garlic, Whole Grains, V-8 juice and orange juice. As for the others…hit and miss throughout the month.

I have to confess that the older I become the more and more I "think" about what I eat. Even so, I'll never turn down an order of chips and salsa from Chili's or potato skins from Fridays. Those foods make me "Happy" although they aren't healthy--well, the salsa is good for me I guess.

What about Happy Foods? I never come across articles on various foods that improve a person's mood. Any recommendations on healthy foods that put a smile on one's face and relieve stress? Right now my daily square of dark chocolate is my only defense against stress and makes me smile--but one measly square doesn't maintain the mood all day long.

I keep thinking how productive I could be with my daily writing goals, dealing with the kids, housework and the million other things us women do every day if we were always in a good mood. Then again there's the risk we'd get nothing done because we're content to sit around and eat happy foods all day long!

Happy Reading…and Eating

Marin Thomas
For The Children
(Oct 07)
*Hearts of Appalachia*


Jennifer Shirk said...

I'm pretty happy when I have a bag of Smart Foods White Cheddar popcorn. That should definitely be on some "Happy Foods" list somewhere. LOL!

Estella said...

I am happy when I have a bag of jelly beans They are fat free but not so the calories.

Marin Thomas said...

Jennifer, I used to eat a lot of cheese popcorn when my grandfather took me to his favorite tavern when I was a little pipsqueak--yes I spent my share of time around a bunch of old cronies, cigars and tap beer :-) But I was always smiling in the photos so that popcorn must have been a "Happy Food"!

Estella, the new gourmet jellybeans out these days are to die for. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a bag of "Autumn Mix" for my neighbor and snuck a few before I gave them to her :-)

For The Children (Oct 07)

Nathalie said...

Happy food... ice cream in all flavours :) though not very good for the line.

catslady said...

They could at least have coffee on the list or red wine or ... I hear they have some redeeming value and I couldn't live without it. And I agree about the jelly beans - I never would eat the regular kind.

Lily said...

Happy food must be ice cream... mint ice cream with chocolate chips to be exact... heavenly... perfect while reading a good book!