We’ve used feel-good ingredients proven to boost your happy hormones for after-work suppers, fresh new ideas for the weekend, and simple desserts. Make everyone happy!
Helps produce the “happy hormone” serotonin Good sources: wholegrains, pulses, lean meat and poultry, dark-green leafy vegetables, eggs, peanuts, soya beans.
Helps form a calming transmitter in the brain called GABA Good sources: shellfish, oily fish, wholegrains and pulses, lean meat, dairy products (including cheese), soya, fortified cereals.
Boosts your immune system, and can fight cell damage resulting from stress and fatigue. Good sources: raw fruits and veg, especially berries, citrus fruit, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, peppers, and sweet and white potatoes.
Folic acid (folate)
Helps to make dopamine, which is associated with pleasure Good sources: green leafy vegetables, peas, seeds, wholegrains, pulses, oranges.
Vitamin D is the “sunshine” vitamin, as our main source is from sunlight. Some studies have shown that deficiency in vitamin D is related to depression Good sources: oily fish, eggs, shellfish, fortified cereals, margarine.
It stimulates the production of GABA and dopamine Good sources: wholegrains, nuts, seeds, pulses, green leafy vegetables.
And dark chocolate!
Most of us find eating chocolate so pleasurable because it releases endorphins in the brain, giving us a sense of happiness. All in moderation, of course!
Here are recipes filled with all the above feel-good ingredients:
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