Food to Eat: Greek Yogurt and Other High-Protein Foods

Food to Eat: Greek Yogurt and Other High-Protein Foods

Protein helps stimulate the production of the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine, which, like serotonin, are neurotransmitters and carry impulses between nerve cells. Higher levels of norepinephrine and dopamine have been shown to improve alertness, mental energy, and reaction time, Villacorta said. Good sources of protein include Greek yogurt, fish, meats, cheese, eggs, nuts, beans, soy, and lentils. “The ideal for mood-boosting,” Villacorta said, “is to combine complex carbohydrates and protein, and to spread your meals throughout the day.”

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