How to cope with seasonal affective disorder
5 Foods That Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder
There are already a million reasons to eat the pink fish—and here's one more. At 447 IU, a 3 oz serving of cooked salmon packs more than a day's worth of your daily D. If you're bored with the usual fillet, try flaking cooked salmon with a fork and tossing it with cooked whole grains and steamed veggies for a hearty winter salad.
Mushrooms naturally contain small amounts of vitamin D, though the amount varies by type. (Shiitake and Portobello, for instance, have a little more D than white button mushrooms.) Fungi that are grown under UV light get an extra boost—but not all mushroom packages mention that on the label. "To know whether a brand or type of mushroom is a good source of vitamin D, it's best to call the brand or grower listed on the label," Begun says. Add sliced mushrooms to your favorite stir-fry or pasta dish, or try roasting them whole with olive oil and fresh herbs. (Or try them in this delicious mushroom tart.)
Sure, fresh-squeezed is usually better. But it's best to go with bottled if you're trying to get more D. Many packaged OJs are fortified with the vitamin, packing around a third of your daily vitamin D needs per cup. Try adding it to a green smoothie for a hit of sweetness—the fiber from all the veggies will help slow your body's absorption of the juice's natural sugars.
One last thing: Vitamin D is notoriously tough to get enough of—and sometimes, food alone won't cut it.
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