Fresh from this month's newsletter, a mood bosting recipie from our Complementary Therapist Bronwyn...
Eat ‘happy foods’ this winter high in Omega 3, B vitamins and amino-acids. Try this mackerel salad for your lunchbox which ticks all the boxes:
200g wholemeal couscous (provides dietary fibre)
3 oranges – two peeled and sliced, one juiced (Contains inositol which has been linked to regulating serotonin and insulin)
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar (good for digestion and may improve uptake of nutrients)
1 Tbsp manuka honey (High in antioxidants and a good boost for the immune system)
2 Tbsp sesame seeds (High in calcium and amino-acid threonine which has been linked to reducing depression)
150g smoked mackerel (High in Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid or GABA which may provide mood-elevating effects by blocking feelings of anxiety and stress)
Small bag of watercress or rocket (High is stress busting B vitamins and iron)
Cook the couscous as per instructions on packet. Whisk juice, vinegar, honey and sesame seeds to make dressing. Combine all ingredients to make a healthy happy salad.
(Alternatively, a small bar of dark chocolate with chilli could raise serotonin and provide antioxidants for fighting off the winter nasties)