We're often told, 'you are what you eat' and this isn't too far from the truth when it comes to our moods and wellbeing. Making small changes to our daily diets can have a genuine impact on lives.
Why not try incorporating these five fantastic feel good foods into your weekly diet? – you'll see a noticeable difference in your energy levels.
MOOD BOOSTING FOODS
Full of beta-carotene, the primary source of plant protein – aim to introduce one mango into your diet once a week. Beta-carotene once entering your body quickly converts into Vitamin A or retinol; high levels of Vitamin A work to improve your vision and eye health, boost the immune system, and improve skin quality. For an after dinner dessert treat, try juicing a mango into a mouth watering sorbet.
Avocado is often regarded as a bit of super food amongst health fanatics, rich in both potassium and vitamins E, B and K. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin and is essential for the body’s normal blood clotting process - aim to have one a week. For super quick and healthy lunch idea, try mashing avocado on wholemeal toast or even adding it as part of your lunchtime salad! Avocados contain many healthy fats that help to give your mood a much-needed boost along with giving your sense of wellbeing a much needed lift.
Best with a slice of Lemon or Herbal Tea, hydrating well always keeps you alert and energized. Aim to drink 2 litres of water per day in-between meals. If you're struggling to drink enough water, try adding fresh fruit for added excitement! Choose still or sparkling water over those tempting fizzy drinks.
Full of folic acid, vitamin A, B, C and K. As a structural protein that strengthens bones and blood vessels, Vitamin C is essential for formulating collagen within the body. Aim to have one portion per week – why not mix it up by trying the multible varieties of cabbage. When your mum and dad used to say 'eat your greens' they weren't lying, incorporate cabbage into weekly Sunday Roast!
Packed with vitamin A, B, C, calcium and iron. Iron plays a major role in transporting oxygen around the body. Watercress makes a great accompaniment to sandwich at Lunchtime.