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The big holiday feasts of winter are over, and it’s past time to get serious about eating less fattening foods. To help us do that, MSN Healthy Living has listed “Top 10 Superfoods for Spring.” 1 They are foods that science has proven will help boost your mood, energy, metabolism, and memory.

1. Feeling moody? Eat some walnuts. They contain an amino acid that creates serotonin—the “feel good” chemical. Because they’re digested slowly, they can help stabilize your mood and help you tolerate stress.

2. Asparagus is also good for your mood, and one of my personal favorites (although my family doesn’t share my love for this amazing vegetable!). It’s high in folic acid, which is important for the synthesis of several neurotransmitters that are crucial for mood balance.

3. Want help losing weight? Eat spring garlic. This milder, sweeter version of garlic contains allicin, which may keep you from overeating by stimulating the part of your brain that feels satisfied as you eat.  

4. Legumes can also aid in weight loss. Your body actually has to work to break down this high-fiber food, so you’re using energy to digest. The hunger center of your brain will feel satisfied more quickly.

5, As the cartoon character Popeye claimed, spinach really will give you energy! The leaves are full of iron, which is a key component in red blood cells that fuel your muscles with energizing oxygen.

6, Artichokes are also good energy boosters because they’re loaded with magnesium. When your body lacks the proper amount of magnesium, your muscles have to work harder to react and you become tired more quickly.

7. Salmon is good for your skin because it contains Omega-3 fatty acids. Being a vegetarian myself, I make sure I get Omega-3 from ground flaxseed and walnuts. Omega-3s aid in blocking the release of UV-induced enzymes that makes skin look aged.

8. Strawberries are also good for your skin. They’re packed with antioxidants that help your skin repair damage caused by everyday living. Plus, they’re full of vitamin C, which is known to help lessen wrinkles and dryness.

9. Need a memory boost? Eat eggs. Egg yolks are loaded with choline, a key nutrient that helps us remember important details.

10. Blueberries are also good for your memory, and should be eaten on a regular basis. In a recent study, people with age-related memory decline drank roughly two and a half cups of blueberry juice—the equivalent of eating a cup of blueberries—daily for 12 weeks. Compared to those who drank a placebo juice, participants made significant improvements on memory andlearning tests. And an added benefit is that blueberries contain high amounts of antioxidants.

Experiment with these 10 superfoods for spring. Try adding them to soups, casseroles, salads, and even desserts. You’ll feel better, look younger, and better enjoy all this season has to offer.

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