Food & nutrition

7 ways to boost your mood with food

Happy taste buds, happy tummy, happy you!
Published 13 January, 2020

Short days, chilly temperatures, yet another nationwide lockdown... it's completely understandable if you're feeling a bit flat at the moment.

With that in mind, it's never been more important to look after your mental and physical health. Eating right can really help to lift your mood, and we have some great tips and recipes to get you started...

1. Have a leisurely breakfast

Set your alarm a little earlier to enjoy some precious 'me' time, and tuck in to a delicious, leisurely breakfast that will put a smile on your face from the moment you wake up.

2. Snack happy (and healthy)

Avoid a mid-morning slump or an afternoon hunger attack by pre-preparing a tasty, SmartPoints®-friendly snack.

3. Enjoy a lovely lunch

Make lunch an occasion with these colourful meals that will tide you over 'til dinnertime. Whether you up your sandwich game with a Vietnamese banh mi or eat the rainbow with a veggie sushi bowl, banish soggy sandwiches and give yourself a reason to smile!

4. Try something new

Cook yourself out of a rut! Enjoy the process of cooking and trying something new, like an exotic fusion dish or a plant-based meal.

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5. Get nostalgic

Bring back happy childhood memories with a healthy twist on classic puds. Rice pudding and bread & butter pudding are easy to make, and use ingredients you'll probably already have at home.

6. Get your bake on

Baking is a feel-good activity the whole family can enjoy. And what better way to put a smile on everyone's face than the aroma of freshly baked cookies or brownies?

7. Enjoy a bedtime treat

Slip into a blissful sleep with a mug of something warm or a refreshing fruity beverage before bed. Why not team a hot drink with a Headspace meditation in the WW app?