Foods to fight S.A.D

Foods to fight S.A.D

As autumn approaches, we've got some feel good ingredients to keep your mood shining


Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) affects 1/15 people in the UK, according to the NHS. So we decided to mix up some menu additions that will have your body prepped and at its peak before the sun says goodbye. Each ingredient is great for good moods, and will hopefully have you saying ‘Grace’ twice over...

Peanut butter: Choosing a crunchy butter will boost your biotin levels. Also known as Vitamin H, it will prevent anxiety and depressive disorders from driving you nuts, says the University of Maryland.

Blueberry jam: As a low protein happiness boost and hit of folic acid, this conserve will make each day that little bit sweeter. 100% fruit jams without refined sugar will provide energy while avoiding the sugar-crash.

English muffin: This high-carb yet low-protein snack allows tryptophan, a serotonin boosting amino acid, to reach the brain - while protein produced amino acids aren’t in the way. Perfect for a crave curbing mood enhancement.

Egg yolks: Add a drop of sunshine with this Vit D packed protein. A lack of the vitamin is strongly associated with depression according to The British Journal of Psychiatry.

Lunch Olives: The natural oils and fats from olives increases dopamine levels in the brain creating anti-depressive effects according to the World Journal of Neuroscience.

Cottage cheese: Full of the amino acid tryptophan, cottage cheese increases the production of serotonin - a neurotransmitter known to boost mood and brain communication.

Avocado: Avocado is rich in natural fat and folic acid. If you’re not getting enough, you won’t be producing feel-good chemicals in the brain says The British Medical Journal.

Sweet potatoes: Add relaxation to your routine with these vegetables. As a high source of potassium, they will provide you with a good night’s rest by increasing circulation and the ability to sleep.

Turkey meat: Apparently the meat most likely to make you smile. This poultry has higher levels of tryptophan than its protein-packed competitors as well as phenylalanine - both of which increase mood-enhancing chemicals to the maximum.

Spinach: Rich in iron and Vitamin B6, this powerhouse plant not only improves mood but it will also reduce tiredness and lack of concentration.

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