The bluest week of the year?
You probably heard that last Monday was Blue Monday – supposedly, the glummest day of the year. The theory behind this date has since been debunked, but with Christmas over, another lockdown and Storm Christoph hitting the north west this week, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little blue this time of year.
To help kickstart those feel-good hormones, there are a few things you can do. Certain foods can actually help you boost your mood – so with this in mind, we’re running through our top ingredients that may help keep the winter blues at bay.
Some studies have suggested that those deficient in omega-3 fatty acids may be more susceptible to low mood. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are packed with these mood-boosting acids, helping to keep your brain healthy. Have a browse of our Best of Local fishmonger range if you fancy adding some locally sourced fish to your next delivery.
These fruit bowl staples are full of vitamins that can help raise serotonin levels and even aid sleep. Try as a healthy snack or as a porridge bowl topping for a morning boost.
A cup of cooked spinach provides nearly 30% of your recommended daily intake of many B vitamins – vitamins which can help aid the production of serotonin. The same goes for other leafy greens such as broccoli too!
Getting enough protein is very important. Protein contains amino acids, which make up the chemicals in your brain and help regulate your thoughts and feelings. Legumes such as peas, beans and lentils are a fantastic source of these (and they also help keep you feeling fuller for longer!).
Why not try adding these ingredients into your regular meals? Our Recipes section can help get you started and give you inspiration.