This article originally appeared in Shape.
As the days get longer, many of us are feeling even more tired, so we reach for a coffee or energy drink for a quick boost. But a new study warns that your Pumpkin Spice Latte may be backfiring as caffeine inhibits the absorption of several minerals, especially iron. And guess what the primary symptom of low iron is? Yep, fatigue. This isn't to say you can never enjoy your java again, but if you want your comfort food to be comforting in the right way, here are a few pro tricks from Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., a nutritional biochemist at Harvard and author of The Secret of Vigor-How to: Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy.
If You're Feeling: Angry
Eat: Nuts, especially almonds and walnuts, contain lignans and healthy fatty acids that together can induce a mild relaxation effect, Talbott explains. Plus, nothing helps take the edge off a hate-fest like a satisfying crunch.Bliss Out On: Walnut and Pesto Linguine