Nutrition and Mental Health
There are a lot of factors that impact our mood and our mental health.
The food we eat (or don’t eat) is one of those many factors.
- Foods known to improve mood are foods such as fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish & nuts high in omega 3 fatty acids and even dark chocolate!
For vegetable recipes check out our recipe section.
Salmon (including canned salmon) is high in omega 3 fatty acids. Here are two recipes to try:
- Baking more lately? Us too! Consider giving away baked goods to neighbors, friends and family, or freezing some for later. Look for healthier recipes or try a few simple substitutions.
For healthy baking swaps check out: https://eattogetherpa.org/healthier-baking-ingredients
- Working from home? It’s easy to snack more throughout the day while working from home, and when we are stressed, we tend to crave foods high in salt, sugar and/or fat. Remember portion sizes and look for healthy snack options too. Remember foods don’t have to be “off limits” but finding a healthy balance is key.
Looking for some snack ideas?
Smart snacking for adults and teens
MyPlate Snack Tips for Parents
- Make sure to move your body to not only improve your mental health but also encourage healthier eating habits.
- For more information on food and mental health check out:
- There are resources available on a state and national level to support mental health:
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 24/7 Mental Health Support Line
1-855-284-2494 Crisis text line: text “PA” to 741-741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline