De­li­cious Picks to Help You FEEL RE­VI­TAL­IZED TO­DAY

The sun may be hid­ing be­hind the clouds, but you can feel up to 54 per­cent sun­nier and more en­er­gized within just 30 min­utes by nosh­ing on these su­per­foods

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1 PEP­PER­MINT TEA IN­CREASES HAPPY BRAIN WAVES

Sa­vor­ing a minty sip can chase away a low mood in just two min­utes, say ex­perts at the Smell & Taste Treat­ment and Re­search Foun­da­tion in Chicago. They ex­plain that pep­per­mint’s cool­ing sen­sa­tion and strong aroma sig­nal the brain to amp up its pro­duc­tion of mood- and fo­cus-boost­ing al­pha waves. A tea we like: Alvita Pep­per­mint Herbal Tea ($6 for 24 tea bags, vi­ta­cost.com).

2 BROCCOLI CALMS THE STRESS RE­SPONSE

Through­out win­ter, im­mune cells work over­time to fend off ill­ness — and in the process, they de­plete stores of B vi­ta­mins that con­trol the brain’s stress cen­ter. But mak­ing broccoli a diet sta­ple can cor­rect these vi­ta­min short­falls and curb ir­ri­tabil­ity by 45 per­cent. Plus, an­tiox­i­dants in broccoli pre­vent stress hor­mone surges. For ex­tra calm, spoon up a bowl of cream of broccoli soup.

4 BEEF STEADIES BLOOD SUGAR

To cut your risk of hap­pi­ness-sap­ping blood-sugar dips in half, eat 4 oz. of red meat. Beef is packed with a nutri­ent duo (pro­tein and stearic acid) that USDA re­searchers say slows the ab­sorp­tion of car­bo­hy­drates in the in­testines to help sta­bi­lize blood sugar for up to four hours at a stretch. Plus, hav­ing red meat just three times a week can trig­ger a 39 per­cent spike in en­ergy.

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POTA­TOES EL­E­VATE SERO­TONIN

Whether you love them baked, boiled or roasted, en­joy­ing 1 cup of spuds can perk up your mood by 54 per­cent in 30 min­utes, say re­searchers at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Cam­bridge. Ex­perts ex­plain that pota­toes con­tain a unique blend of amino acids and min­er­als that in­crease the body’s pro­duc­tion of the an­tide­pres­sant brain chem­i­cal sero­tonin.

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OAT­MEAL BOOSTS THE HUG HOR­MONE

A de­li­cious way to erase edgi­ness within 30 min­utes — and main­tain that sense of calm for up to two hours: Treat your­self to oat­meal cook­ies for dessert. Oat­meal is rich in two min­er­als (man­ganese and molyb­de­num) that Yale Univer­sity re­searchers say work syn­er­gis­ti­cally to en­cour­age the pro­duc­tion of the com­fort­ing “hug hor­mone” oxy­tocin.

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