We have known for a long time that the links between food and health stretch way beyond the waistline. Diet can impact the way we feel, not just on an anecdotal level but also on a chemical one. Let’s look at some foods that taste great, naturally boost your mood and help you feel good.
Top of the feel-good charts is fatty fish such as salmon, trout or herring. Loaded with vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is the most popular of the fatty fish group because it’s easy to find and prepare. Choose wild caught Salmon for best concentrations of vitamins and Omega 3’s and for best results don’t overcook, keeping salmon moist and tender will help deliver its feel-good benefits.
Research links between positive gut health and mental health are increasing in quality and quantity. This research is mainly focussed on the relationship between the body's serotonin receptors which are in the gut and the transmitters (one of the feel-good transmitters) in the brain.
That said, yoghurt is also a great feel good food as it delivers several positive benefits to the gut. With calcium and good bacteria working together 1 cup of yoghurt can contain 45% of your daily calcium needs and enough good bacteria to have your gut smiling. Up the feel good yoghurt factor and purchase products with active cultures and no or low sugar. Serve with blueberries which are packed with antioxidants and walnuts which contain those fabulous brain champions Omega 3’s.
A protein packed substitute for rice and pasta is quinoa. This ancient whole grain has become increasingly popular and studies have found it contains a flavonoid that has a significant anti-depressant effect. Kez’s Kitchen Choc Golden Snaps and Chocolate Cream Princetons both contain quinoa, and are Gluten Free and Vegan.
For the sweet tooth, you can feel better about indulging in some dark chocolate, with at least 70% cacao. Dark chocolate does have some impressive health benefits as it is naturally high in iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.
It makes sense that we follow a healthy and balanced diet for overall wellbeing. But including these foods can support brain health and help you feel good.