Five foods that make you happy

Five foods that make you happy

Put a spring in your step and a smile on your face with these energy boosting foods.


From the simple energy kick of a good protein-filled breakfast to delicious suppers enjoyed with family and friends, we don’t need a scientist to tell us that we are what we eat! Food refuels us, affecting our energy levels and therefore our ability to run around after the kids, get things done and end each day feeling we’ve achieved what we wanted to.

The good news is that eating well isn’t hard work. Try these delicious foods in easy recipes to keep your body and your tastebuds happy.

1. Cauliflower

A good source of vitamin C for boosting your immune system and warding off stress. Snack on cauliflower florets along with cucumber and carrot sticks as crudités before dinner, or if the kids turn their nose up at it, puree cooked cauliflower with a little milk then add it to mashed potato.

Why not try?

Comforting cauliflower cheese

2. Lentils

Lentils are rich in iron, essential so you don’t feel tired and run down. They’re also a cheap way of bulking out dishes and thickening stews. Try cooking up red lentils with chopped carrots, onions, spices and water and then pureeing them down for a filling autumn soup.

Why not try?

Lentils in feta or sausage casserole

3. Squash

Butternut squash really is a hero food for nutrients, especially magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. Great for energy, growth and a boost to your immune system. You can even turn the seeds into a healthy TV snack: toss them in a little olive oil, sprinkle them on a baking tray then roast at 135°C (gas mark 1) for about 15 minutes, until they start to pop. They’re perfect for children’s lunchboxes, too – why not find more ideas for packed lunch makeovers.

Why not try?

A hearty vegetarian squash supper

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4. Sesame seeds

Packed with zinc – an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity – sesame seeds are a great snack when you want to give yourself an energy boost. Try tahini or hummus, or sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over your favourite cereal or salad.

Why not try?

This tasty oriental treat of Crunchy seeded salmon and Chinese broccoli

5. Oranges

As well as packing a vitamin C punch, oranges contain inositol which helps the body regulate levels of serotonin and insulin, helping even out your moods and lift you when you’re feeling low. Squeezing fresh orange juice over pancakes makes a nice change from lemon and is sweet enough to replace the need the add sugar.

Why not try?

Our pomegranate sangria bliss mocktail recipe

More foodie ways to look and feel great

We’ve got lots of insights and tips to help you and your family eat well.

Mood foods – how everything from pineapple to chocolate can make you feel top of the world.

Five food myths – the real do’s and don’ts of feel-good food.

10 foods for looking good – everyday eats that can have a positive effect on your body.

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Not only is this lot good for your body it is also kind on your waist and wallet. Healthy food at good prices, all these are in season now and its been a bumper crop. Look for vegetable bargins in your local shops.

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