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How To Banish The January Blues Through Food


The Christmas decorations are no longer twinkling and the anticipation of New Year celebrations are suddenly in the far off distance. So it’s hardly surprising that with dark and dreary January comes and overwhelming feeling to hibernate under the duvet and not return until spring kicks in.

However, it needn’t be all doom and gloom if you make the right food choices. Concentrate on boosting your health and wellbeing by consuming the best mood boosting foods.

There are a number of elements within food that you could be running low on that will help to boost your mood, energy and motivation. Below we have a range of recipes that include these elements – delicious and happiness boosting!


Omega-3 Mood Booster

Having enough Omega-3 fatty acids within your diet is essential in helping to maintain a stable mood. Rich sources include, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, oily fish and dark green leafy vegetables e.g. spinach and kale.

Try our recipes to boost your intake:


Vitamin D Pick-me-up

Vitamin D has long been studied for its mood boosting properties. During summer, much of our Vitamin D intake is taken from sunlight, but with sunlight being sparse during the winter months, we need to up our Vitamin D intake through food. Thankfully, this is easy to incorporate. Foods such as eggs, fish and dairy are all great sources.

Try our recipes to boost your intake:


Low GI for Stability

Many of us turn to comfort food in the cold, dark winter months. Often this can be down to boredom due to being cooped up, and to feel a sense of warmth and comfort. When we say comfort food, we are referring to white, stodgy carbohydrates with a high glycemic index. These foods will give you a sugar high, very quickly followed by the inevitable low and hunger for more. So instead, ditch the white rice, white pasta and white bread, and instead swap it for some complex carbohydrates that will leave you feeling fuller for longer and nicely satisfied. Examples include brown or wild rice, whole wheat pasta, wholemeal bread, quinoa, oats and bulgar wheat.

Try our recipes to boost your intake:


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