Are there any foods that will make you feel happier? Biting into a large juice burger and crispy double cooked chips might seem an instant solution to a bad mood, but actuually that will probably only make you feel worse (or have lingering guilt about the excessive calories you’ve just ingested). So, are there are natural anti-depressants? Yes, you’ll be pleased to discover, there are:
This recipe uses Swiss chard – lots of magnesium which increases energy levels, and walnuts – one of the richest dietary sources of serotonin, a chemical in your brain that helps create calm and happiness.
EASY RECIPE THAT SERVES 2
PASTA WITH RICOTTA, SWISS CHARD & WALNUTS
Handful shelled walnut halves
1lb Swiss Chard (or spinach), roughly chopped
2 tbsp walnut oil
2 shallots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
200g pasta of your choice
Small tub of ricotta cheese
Cook the pasta according to instructions on pack.
Mix the cheese, cream, walnut oil and walnuts with salt and lots of pepper, then stir through the hot pasta and greens.