5 Power Foods to Boost Your Mood
Load up your trolley with simple ingredients to make you feel great
Pumpkins are a source of happiness with the flesh and seeds containing lots of nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and magnesium that can improve both your mood and sleep.
Make pumpkin the star in a seriously tasty salad such as this Roasted Spiced Pumpkin with Candied Carrots & Yoghurt Dressing or this Roast Pumpkin with Curried Greek Yoghurt.
Despite its name, buckwheat is not a wheat, it is a type of fruit seed, making it gluten-free, nutritious and energising — what's not to like?
You can use the groats in truly delicious ways, such as this Nourishing Buckwheat Risotto - an incredibly creamy and comforting meal to serve the family. Buy it sprouted (or do it yourself at home) and use as a base for this Moroccan Salad.
Buckwheat can also be bought ground down as a gluten-free flour. Use it with almond milk to make these Buckwheat Crepes with Rhubarb, Ginger & Honey Compote for a special weekend brunch. Even sweeter news, the addition of buckwheat to desserts adds a pleasingly intriguing crunch and makes the indulgent treats oh-so-good good for you.
In case you needed a (gentle) reminder, spinach is loaded with good things for every part of your body. Zinc, protein, fibre, iron, magnesium..the list goes on!
However, if it really isn't your thing and a tasty disguise is needed, then tuck into these crisp Haloumi Fritters packed with all the goodness of spinach (less of the fresh taste), and fresh dill and mint. Serve with thick, creamy yoghurt and a sprinkling of dukkah.
Another option is this Ricotta Torte with hidden spinach, salty parmesan and sweet roasted cherry tomatoes.
Still not convinced? Try this homemade crunchy Rosti with Lentils, Spinach & Yoghurt to satisfy any deep-fried cravings.
4. Green Peas
The humble pea (and broad bean) is not only naturally sweet and delicious, it's also giving you a whole lot of good vitamin E-rich plant fats that will get your skin glowing, plus they're packed with a good hit of protein.
5. Nuts & Seeds
These guys are truly terrific to add to your diet with their good fats, protein and fibre. Studies have shown most people don't actually eat enough.
For a healthy alternative to store-bought pate, try this vegan Sunflower Seed Pate that goes well with crisp vegetables and crackers.
Lovers of a rich lasagne will be pleased to know cashews can be used as a wholesome alternative to creating a silky sauce in this Vegan Moussaka.
Cashews add a luxurious creaminess and velvety texture to this Carrot, Sweet Potato & Cashew Soup.