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You don't have to be neither vegan nor vegetarian to take advantage of these foods that boost your mood, but they are vegetarian friendly.

When you hear the term ‘vegetarian friendly’ the next word to pop in your head isn’t usually ‘tasty!’. But it can be! Being a vegetarian can sometimes limit you in sources of protein and foods that boost your mood. And you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these tasty snacks and meals.

With that being said, there are tons of great foods that are chock full of the key things we need to stabilize our metabolisms and boost our happiness. If you’re ever feeling down or particularly low on energy one day, try one of these awesome vegetarian friendly foods to boost your mood and see what a difference it can make.

1.       Dark, Dark Chocolate

Like anyone really needs a reason to eat chocolate. But now you don’t have to feel guilty about it, at least. Chocolate is actually quite good for you when eaten in responsible amounts. Dark chocolate, which is anything above 65% cocoa, is full of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and antioxidants. Now, tell me how it’s bad for you? Remember, this is pure dark chocolate, not the processed milk stuff that’s coated in candy and sugar.

2.       Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!

Take a look at any worthy diet plan, a good one that promotes healthy eating. What’s something they all have in common? Eggs! But why are they so good for you? What benefits do they offer? Well, they’re a prime source of the lovely “good fats” that our body’s need to grow and thrive. Also, the fatty acids contained in an egg help your body to produce serotonin which in itself is literally the things that makes you feel happy. So next time you reach for a bagel, go for an egg instead.

3.       Almonds, In Any Way

So the mineral called magnesium is something that is used to fight things like anxiety and depression. It stimulates the things in your body that boost your mood and level out your emotions. And where’s a good source of magnesium, you ask? Well, almonds!

Sliced, diced, whole, or chopped, put this powerful nut on anything you can think of.

Have a small dish sitting on the counter for you to snack on all day.

4.       Lentils

Don’t roll your eyes. Yes, lentils don’t sound that appetizing, but there’s tons of ways to work it into your meals and make them taste delicious. And it’s worth it, trust me. Lentils are full of folic acid, 80% of your daily recommended amount, actually, in just one cup. Folic acid promotes healthy teeth, bones, muscles, and can boost your mood. It’s crucial to our growth, which is why doctors tell pregnant women to take it.

5.       Yummy Pumpkin Seeds

So, we’ve already discussed how folic acid, fatty acids, and magnesium are key ingredients to a better you, but we’ve yet to mention zinc. It’s one mineral that is used in combination with others to fight depression so it can definitely help boost your mood on a regular day. And pumpkin seeds area major source of zinc.

With Halloween approaching, save those seeds from your carving adventure and roast them up with some yummy spices.

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