Every day we have to eat, it’s a simple truth – so how about eating more of the foods which could be helping you to feel more amazing?

With obesity and being overweight a global issue, imagine picking foods that could boost your mood and shrink your waistline at the same time?

Here’s a few to add to your next shopping list:

Bananas: packed full or potassium along with the B vitamin folate – having low levels of the vitamin have been linked to depression

Mushrooms: did you know mushrooms have surprisingly high levels of vitamin D – great to help boost your mood

Eggs: eggs are simply epic, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, B vitamins and iodine and packed with protein – awesome at breakfast, lunch or dinner and anytime in between as a snack. Boil, hard boil, scramble, poach, fry or make an omelette– the choice is yours

Dark Chocolate: the higher cocoa percentage the better. It’s a good source of antioxidants and studies show it reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol – you don’t need much so just a couple of squares a night as a little treat is perfect

Salmon: packed full of omega-3 fatty acids which can improve your mood

Red peppers: yep red is best as they contain more than double the vitamin C levels and up to 8 times as much vitamin A – amazing for boosting your mood, immune system and lessening cold symptoms

Greek or Icelandic Yogurt: looking for a way to boost your calcium, yogurts such as these types have more calcium than milk. Calcium is important is it can increase feelings of contentment and well-being plus it’s a great source of protein too

Tumeric: time to get your curry cooking and adding in this yellow spice which can help to enhance your mood

Chicken: chicken is an amazing mood boosting food contain vitamin B6, potassium and zinc plus being a great source of protein

Spinach: containing lots of folic acid which can help reduce fatigue and alleviate depression – now we know why it was Popeye’s favourite food

Raisins: grab those little boxes you had when you were a kid, just one little box of raisins contains 4% of your daily iron requirement as well as plenty of magnesium, B6 and vitamin C

Beans: adding some beans into your diet can help boost your magnesium intake and help increase your energy levels. They are also packed with protein so will keep you feeling fuller for longer

Cherry tomatoes: tomatoes are a source of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects your brain and fights depression causing inflammation. It lives in the skins, so chuck them into salads, snack boxes or on the side

Peas: whole, mushy, stir fried, blitzed into soup or cooked straight from the freezer peas are a fabulous source of iron helping to reduce feelings of exhaustion

Broccoli: these little green trees are an epic addition to your roast, stir fried or simply served on the side – an epic source of vitamin C plus a great source of iron too, they boost your mood and immune system in one go

 

So why not look at ways of combining these to make meals and snacks:

Bananas + raisins + Greek yogurt = breakfast, a quick snack or pudding

Eggs + mushrooms + red peppers + spinach = super powered omelette

Chicken + peas + broccoli = starting point for Sunday dinner