Mood-Boosting Recipes That Will Leave You Energised

Words: Katrina Rose Wind

The human gut is lined with more than 100 million nerve cells that send direct messages to our brain. This is why if we feed ourselves foods that make our gut unhappy, our mood is directly affected. In fact, research has shown that certain foods can substantially lift your mood, which is why we have come up with a recipe round up of mood-boosting foods.

If you want to learn more about how your gut health and mental health are directly correlated, click here.

Whole Grains That Help Your Whole Brain

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ROAST BUTTERNUT & QUINOA SALAD WITH NUTS AND SEEDS

This rustic salad is absolutely delicious with lots of nutty crunch. Ideal to serve alongside a beautifully roasted chicken or fish. Make it even better and top it off with some feta or vegan cheese.

Recipe for Quinoa Salad

TOMATO AND CORIANDER CURRIED DAHL WITH BASMATI RICE AND GREEK YOGHURT

This red lentil dahl is not only incredibly delicious but also surprisingly healthy. Get those mouth-watering Indian flavours without the guilt. Made with red lentils, which are low in calories, rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein.

Recipe for Tomato and Coriander Dahl

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TURKISH KISIR SALAD

Try this Kisir salad – a traditional and tasty Turkish side dish containing bulgar wheat, vegetables and plenty of freshness. Perfect for those winter blues.

Recipe for Kisir Salad

INDIAN-SPICED CHICKPEA & COURGETTE BURGERS

These burgers will not only fill you right up but will boost your mood and leave you energised the whole day. Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and are a rich source of vitamins, fibre and minerals.

Recipe for Burgers


Mood-Boosting Fish Recipes

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LEMONGRASS SALMON

The most delicious salmon recipe you’ll ever get your hands on! Salmon is one of the best mood-boosting foods out there, not only filled with omega-3’s but it also contains vitamin B-12, which helps produce brain chemicals that affect mood (for the positive)

Recipe for Lemongrass Salmon

NUT & SEED CRUSTED HAKE WITH GNOCCHI

Lose the heavy batter in favour of a healthier, crunchier seed crust thats full of good fats. 10 points if your gnocchi is made from 100% potato. Nothing will boost your mood more than this delicious meal.

Recipe for Hake Gnocchi


Vegetarian Dishes That Will Fix Those Winter Blues

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GRILLED TOFU STEAKS WITH CAPONATA AND SPICY GUACAMOLE

Tofu is wonderfully versatile and healthy. A vegan sweet and sour eggplant salad with grilled tofu steaks and spicy guacamole.

Recipe for Tofu Steaks 

BAKED BROWN MUSHROOM BREAKFAST SURPRISE

The best way to start your day is with this delicious breakfast that will boost your mood the whole day! Don’t forget that mushrooms, like quinoa, are a superfood. They are great for a healthy immune system and help boost bone health.

Recipe for Baked Mushroom Breakfast

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BRAAIED CAPRESE BRINJAL PARCELS

When making these bite-size flavour bombs, we suggest you make many more than you think you’ll need. You and your family will eat these right up!

Recipe for Brinjal Parcels 

BROCCOLI SLAW WITH AVOCADO OIL MAYONNAISE

A light and tasty green salad that can be served as a meal or as a delicious side dish. Remember broccoli is filled with iron and potassium, those good nutrients that will lift your mood.

Recipe for Broccoli Slaw


Chicken Meals That Will Leave You Feeling Good

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SPINACH, RICOTTA AND TOMATO-STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH CRUNCHY CHEESE TOPPING

Protein. Protein. Protein! Try making this delicious Mediterranean inspired dish – perfect for a Sunday lunch or family dinner.

Recipe for Stuffed Chicken Breasts

SIMPLE CHICKEN CURRY WITH HOMEMADE WRAPS

Perfect for when you’re in a hurry or on-the-go. These homemade wraps with this simple and easy chicken curry recipe will leave you feeling full and energised till dinner time.

Recipe for Chicken Curry Wraps


Mood-Boosting Desserts

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BAKED CHOCOLATE, COCONUT & BERRY PUDDING

A delicious chocolate pudding, perfect for banting and paleo followers. Dark chocolate is a great source of polyphenols which are a type of antioxidant.

Recipe for Baked Chocolate Pudding

CRUSHED BLUEBERRY, QUINOA AND COCONUT PARFAIT

A great dessert or even better breakfast! Quinoa is a superfood filled with all the good nutrients your body needs and berries help prevent the release of cortisol which is a hormone that is associated with stress and anxiety.

Recipe for Blueberry, Quinoa Parfait

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