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:

https://hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org/recipe/salmon-loaf-with-creamy-cucumber-sauce/

https://hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org/recipe/dirty-rice-with-salmon/

 

 

  • 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:

https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/mental-health-and-wellbeing/food-and-mood

https://www.asaging.org/blog/nutrition-plays-critical-role-mental-health

 

  • 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

1-800-273-TALK (8255)