As the name suggests, Blue Monday is not the day we all look forward to. However, what better way to beat the saddest or most depressing day of the year than by eating some special foods that can make us feel happier than usual. Here is a list of 7 foods that you must eat on 20th January this year.

‘Blue Monday’ is that particular day in a year when it is believed that people tend to feel most depressed. This day falls in the first month of the New Year (January) each year, as it is around this time that people tend to miss most the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. But, instead of being all sad and depressed, try these foods to lift your spirits!

Cheese and toast.

This simple breakfast preparation of cheese on toast is rich in proteins and carbs, a combination that can instantly make you feel happy. Sprinkle some flaxseeds on the melted cheese to make this combination crunchier and boost the amount of dopamine in your body early morning.

Almond butter.

This is a great food alternative that can be eaten either by slathering on any toast, as a healthy dip with crackers, or on fresh-cut fruits. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can be enjoyed as a hands-on snack or for breakfast to increase the dopamines in the body.

Fish and chips.

Hog on to some really crisp and succulent bites of fried fish and potato chips to beat the blues in the mid-morning or evening hours of this day. Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, and if it is fried in rapeseed oil, another omega-3 rich food product, it can instantly help to boost the dopamine levels and make us happy.

Chicken.

Eaten in the grilled, roasted, or barbequed form, chicken is one lean meat that is rich in proteins and can also boost the level of dopamine in our body. Enjoy it for lunch or dinner with some dairy-based product, such as yogurt or lemon sauce, to enhance its potency.

Fish.

Be it tuna, mackerel, or salmon; these varieties of fish are incredibly rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are required to increase the level of dopamine. Do eat a fish-based meal for either lunch or dinner on this particularly depressing day of the year.

Strawberry and cream.

Not in an erotic way, this lethal combination of fresh berries and whipped dairy cream is the most perfect way to end the day. If you are a bit health conscious, replace cream with Greek yogurt, as all these ingredients boost the dopamine levels in our body.

Hot chocolate.

If prepared with 80% dark chocolate, this comforting cup of a rich and warm beverage can both enhance the immunity and lift your mood.