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5 Fruits That Will Actually Improve Your Mood

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This week, we're spotlighting a guest post by the wonderful Abbey Smith. Enjoy!!

Fruit is very good for your physical and mental health. Everyday Health suggests that eating fruits (and vegetables) significantly lowers your risk of depression.

The Everyday Health article, citing recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), suggests eating a variety of fruits stating that you should eat 1½ to 2 cups worth per day.

Additionally, a Health IQ article cites a seven-year study by the American Public Health Association in which people who ate more fruits (and vegetables) reported a boost in positive emotions and life satisfaction. Notably, the reported change in happiness and satisfaction was akin to “moving from being unemployed (not by choice) to happily employed.”

While fruits in general can help improve your mood, certain fruits have proven to be better mood enhancers than the rest. Here are five fruits that will improve your mood.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding and Banana Cream Parfaits

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding and Banana Cream Parfaits


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These no-cook vegan parfaits are perfect any time of year. The dark layer is a rich chocolate peanut butter avocado pudding, and the light layer is a luscious banana "cream" made from cashews. Obviously the flavor combination is a win, but what also works beautifully together is the dense texture of the pudding juxtaposed with the airy "whipped" consistency of the cream. Neither layer is overly sweet, which allows you to actually taste the flavors in each component.An added bonus is that these parfaits require zero cooking! All you need are a good blender and food processor, and you’re set to go. Just grab a spoon, and dig in! Enjoy!!

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