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Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Doldrums

These diet changes can have you feeling better in no time.

Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Doldrums Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Doldrums Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Doldrums Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Doldrums Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Doldrums Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Doldrums Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Doldrums
Winter takes its toll this time of year when reveling in the beauty of powdery snow and snow days is replaced by yearning for longer days and warmer weather.

If the winter doldrums caught up with you, try making some easy changes to your diet that will have you feeling better in no time.

Here are some great foods to help beat the winter blues:

Asparagus: 
According to reports, researches found that nearly half of people suffering from depression have low levels of folate, which is found in asparagus. 

Calcium: Greek yogurt is high in calcium, which  helps your brain know when to release neurotransmitters and feel good. 

Walnuts: Eating  one ounce of walnuts a day may boost your brain's production of serotonin, which helps make you happy and calm, according to reports. 

Dark Leafy Greens: 
Kale, spinach and other dark leafy greens are high in magnesium, which means they help maintain energy levels in your body.  According to reports, one study found lower levels of magnesium in cases with higher scores of depression. 

Quinoa: 
Eliminate energy crashes with quinoa which offers a  steady stream of energy as your body digests the complex carbohydrate.    

Chocolate: Chocolate may be your pick-me-up food of choice but it's dark chocolate that makes magic happen. According to reports, dark chocolate has the  ability over time to make you think more clearly, reduce anxiety and help you look younger. As if you needed an excuse. 

Salmon: Countries that eat the most fish also have the lowest levels of depression,  according to sources.

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This article is part of Mix It Up, an editorial series created in collaboration with AOL's Kitchen Daily and Huffington Post. It is dedicated to making the lives of mothers easier through articles, videos and slideshows focused on simple and creative solutions to everyday challenges. From healthy recipes to exciting ideas for a more balanced lifestyle, this section aims to become a resource for moms everywhere.  

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