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Monday, 4 February 2013

Happy Food

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)

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