Eating Clean to Feel Better

May 9, 2011

Want to lift your mood, combat a cold or improve your memory? Remember: You are what you eat.


Much ado is being made these days about "clean eating," and though the connection between how you eat and how you feel may seem elementary, it bears a second look. Anyone who has ever thrown dietary caution to the wind on vacation or during a stressful week at work can attest to the simple fact that one affects the other.

That said, so-called superfoods rich in specific properties can more directly impact how you feel—if nothing else by simple virtue of the fact that you're eating better in general. Here are a few foods that will definitely make you feel better if you include them regularly at mealtimes, plus a few recipes to help you put each one to deliciously good use.

Salmon: Rich in omega-3 fats, salmon can help boost brain power, fight depression, and improve memory function.

Apples: An apple may or may not keep the doctor away, but it will help with weight loss and may reduce your risk for certain cancers, including colon.

Garlic: The fragrant (if not plain old potent) little bulbs are packed with anti's—anti-virals and anti-fungals among them—and garlic will also help lower cholesterol levels.

Spinach: This green leafy is not only rich in iron, but also Vitamin B, which is a known mood enhancer.

Turkey: High in tryptophan, a natural sedative, eating turkey can help fight both depression and insomnia.

Barbecued Salmon

Ancho chile powder adds tons of pizzazz to salmon fillets.


Apple Pie in a Bag

An unusual baking trick produces a perfect apple pie every time.


Eating Clean to Feel Better

Want to lift your mood, combat a cold or improve your memory? Remember: You are what you eat.

garlic chicken

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

We know, 40 sounds like a lot, but trust us, and James Beard, who first developed this dish.


Frites with Garlic and Tarragon

Oven-baked and crispy, these French "fries" make a great side for fish or steak.

Beef, Arugula and Spinach Lasagna

Beef, pasta, and vegetables, layered with cheese and baked til bubbly.

Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Mini Spinach Salads

Fresh summer greens are a delicate bed for succulent spicy seasoned Caribbean shrimp.


Lentil Turkey Salad with Feta Cheese

A hearty salad for lunch or dinner.


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