Beans are a magnesium–rich food that helps reduce water retention and regulates the activity of serotonin, the "feel–good" neurotransmitter that impacts mood. In studies, women who experience PMS symptoms have been shown to have lower levels of magnesium than those who don't get PMS. Beans are an incredibly versatile ingredient in the kitchen. Add them to salads, stir–fries, chilis, pasta dishes, and soups, or puree them with garlic or onions and you'll have an instant dip or spread.
Don't let PMS cravings send you straight for the cookies and salty snacks. Instead indulge in these feel-good picks.