Food to stop you feeling miserable in the New Year

January 9, 2018 6:39 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For Pete’s sake, cheer up! Yes, it’s still dark when the alarm goes off, and when it isn’t dark, it’s raining, but we’re nearly through the worst of it. The darkest hour is just before the dawn – so until the latter arrives, here are our top ten suggestions of food to stop you feeling miserable.

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No. 1 Organic dried apricots

What do you taste when you eat an organic apricot? You taste the sun – the hot Turkish sun! It fed that apricot on the tree and now it’s captured inside the fruit.

Summer will come again. In the meantime, eat an organic apricot.

No. 2 Turmeric

It wards off colds, it boosts your spirits and it’s beautifully golden. Add a spoonful of turmeric to your scrambled eggs for a wonderful yellow colour. Throw a sprinkling over your roast potatoes for an extra bit of zing. Dissolve some in a latte to make your insides glow.

No. 3 Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate has known mood-boosting properties.

Dark chocolate: just looking at it cheers you up!

Dark chocolate is genuinely good for you – full of antioxidants and with happiness-inducing properties. Eat a square or two of proper, good-quality dark chocolate every day to reap the rewards and generally cheer yourself up.

No. 4 Organic almonds

Organic almonds taste different to standard almonds. They taste better.

Organic almonds are crisp, milky and delicately flavoured. They subdue cravings for high-calorie rubbish and give you a little spring in your step.

No. 5 Lucuma

You probably haven’t eaten much lucuma recently, unless you live in Peru, where it’s eaten by the bucketful and is, in fact, the most popular flavour of ice-cream. We sell powdered lucuma, which is beautifully sweet, creamy, caramelish and packed with nutrients. Did you know? Paddington only turned to marmalade sandwiches because he couldn’t source lucuma in Britain.

No. 6 Coconut palm sugar

This sugar is derived from the evaporated sap of the flower of the coconut palm and it tastes as good as an upmarket holiday brochure. Floral and sweet, it will give your baking a real boost, until the flowers come out in Britain again.

No. 7 Quinoa

You can’t be happy on an empty tummy – and wholefoods are what you need to keep your tummy full. Quinoa is a great choice, because it’s incredibly good for you and extremely easy to cook. See our blog How to cook the perfect quinoa to make sure you get it just right.

No. 8 Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds can help us stay happy - and healthy.

How many sesame seeds does it take to change your mood? Not many!

These tiny seeds are full of tyrosine, which boosts dopamine levels in the brain, promoting a happier, healthier mood. Add some to your baking, or sprinkle onto a stir-fry.

No. 9 Tofu

Tofu, like other soy products, is rich in tryptophan, from which our bodies synthesize serotonin – the feel-good hormone.

No. 10 Chamomile and other herbal teas

Everything looks better after a good night’s sleep. Chamomile is a famously soothing and relaxing tea. Valerian also has noted sedative qualities and can be found in our Vespers pack from Dr Stuarts. Pukka Nighttime Tea, with organic oatflower, lavender and limeflower, could be just the ticket too.

Buy from Naturally Good Food – and let’s stay happy and healthy throughout the year!

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