11 Instant Mood-Boosting Foods

True happiness is just a forkful of healthy brain food away.

By Leah Zerbe

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Wanna boost your mood? Eat cherry Tomatoes!Cherry Tomatoes

All tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a fat-soluble phytonutrient that helps protect vital brain fat, and a nutrient that actually stops the buildup of pro-inflammatory compounds linked to depression. Because lycopene lives in tomato skins, the best way to get it is through cherry tomatoes, whose smaller surface area means you'll eat more skin than if you eat a full-size tomato, explains Dr. Ramsey. To maximize the amount of lycopene your body absorbs, drizzle some olive oil over the tomatoes, and enjoy!

Just be sure to always choose organic. Trials at University of California–Davis have found that organic tomatoes have higher lycopene levels.

Read More: 22 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables .

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