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Happy Foods – Foods that Make You Happy!

Tips for Happiness in Daily LifeQuite often the thing holding you back from feeling superb is your diet! Really? I hear you ask, YES!

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I don’t want to drone on but you really are what you eat. Your body certainly wont thank-you for eating processed foods and drinking fizzy pop! But it will reward you for feeding it nutritious, vitamin packed morsels by making you feel amazing!

Don’t get me wrong we all love a treat but try and stick to the age-old saying; “Everything in moderation including moderation!”

All the happiness tips in the world wont help if you’re not eating properly! Eating well will make you feel great and look great which will boost your confidence no end!

There is a lot of fuss in the media about super foods and many of them have weird names and can be expensive.  But there are foods that make you happy out there that are easy to find and won’t break the bank!

To help you eat your way to happiness I’ve researched 7 super foods and a BONUS WILD CARD! super food that have all been scientifically proven to increase overall well-being by providing your body with extra nutrients!

Spinach

Keep your skin young with Pop-Eyes favourite veg it’s packed with vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium.

Vitamin A helps the skin to retain moisture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles! Can it get any better than this? Yup!

Spinach also protects the body from osteoporosis, combats high blood pressure and amazingly has been shown to combat stomach and skin cancer by slowing cancer cell division!  A good handful of spinach will provide 20% of your RDA of fibre, and all your RDA for vitamin A!

Tip: Add a healthy handful of chopped spinach to your lasagne and spag-bowl for quick vitamin punch!  Its also great on a jacket potato and even better with a little grated cheese on top 😉

Tips for Happiness in Daily LifeAvocado

The creamy goodness of an avo is fantastic for lowering cholesterol and boosting the immune system.  This is one of my favourite fruits (yes the avocado is fruit!) and its great with almost everything.

It also has a list of health benefits as long as your arm: it’s a great natural mouthwash because it removes intestinal putrefactions, which causes that horrible coated tongue!  Additionally it contains heaps of a unique phytonutrient that works as a combatant against prostate cancer.

But isn’t the Avocado a really fatty fruit? I hear you ask? Yes! But it’s the good kind.  The high content of monounsaturated fats and overall complete nutrition within an avocado increases the basal metabolic rate and can reduce overeating.  Making the avo a great diet food!

Tip: Cut it in half and voila! A great snack with a ready-made bowl! You could also add coleslaw into the middle or a little humus!

Walnuts

Are said to be the healthiest of nuts and are super high in Omega-3 and uridine, which is a winning combination for alleviating the symptoms of depression.  They also reduce the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer and type 2 diabetes.  A handful of these knobbly nuggets contain twice the amount of anti oxidants compared to other nuts!

Tip: Eat walnuts raw or unroasted, this ensures that you get all the nutty goodness.  Roasting drastically reduces levels of vitamins and anti oxidants.

Tips for Happiness in Daily LifeSeeds

Seeds such as Sunflower seeds, Sesame seeds are fantastic as either a snack or as a boost to main meals.  They are both rich in Phytosterols (the same stuff that’s in bencol), which works to lower cholesterol, increases immune response and lowers the risk of certain cancers.

Sunflower seeds are high in selenium, which is proven to aid DNA repair and decrease the incidence of cancer! It’s lowers blood pressure and the severity of asthma due to high levels of magnesium.  Sesame seeds provide an alternative calcium source, which is great for decreasing the affects of osteoporosis, migraines and PMS.

Tip: Add sesame seeds to stir frys for a quick boost and sun flower seeds to rice brown rice with

Bananas

Bananas are cheap, readily available in you local supermarket and easy to transport.  They are packed with natural sugars that release sugar into the blood stream gradually preventing the sugar crash that comes with eating processed sugar. They really are the ultimate snack!

They’re also uber rich in magnesium and potassium, which is vital for nerve function and their combination of amino acid tryptophan and vitamin B6 promote the production of serotonin, your happy hormone :)

Tip: Try other foods containing mood-boosting tryptophan like popcorn, pineapple, cottage cheese, pumpkin seeds.

Mackerel

The health benefits of Mackerel is extensive, it’s high in protein, rich in Omega-3 and contains selenium, Omega-6, vitamin B12 and niacin.

I’m sure we’ve all come across the health benefits of mackerel at some point, but just to recap:

It contains Omega-3 which improves the elasticity of the blood vessels providing for a healthy heart. It contains dehydroepiandrosyerone, a substance that aids hormone regulation, which is especially good for the ladies. Lastly but by no means least it works to combat wayward agents in cells that can cause cancer!

Tip: When you buy mackerel make sure the eyes are bright and body is stiff with no strong order.  Try baking your mackerel with okra and serving with vinegary onion rings! Mmmmm, tasty.

Oranges

“Vitamin C in oranges protects sperm from genetic damage that may cause birth defects.” Oranges are packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, bioflavonoids and antioxidants. And an orange a day provides nearly 100% of your RDA intake of vitamin C.

Orangey tip: When you have an orange make sure you eat the white matter underneath the peel it contain the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. Also try to buy oranges that are heavy for their size this means they have more juice and thus more goodness. dinner!

WILD CARD!

Well I know I said super foods don’t have to be exotic but I couldn’t resist adding this one!  I tried this one myself and can personally vouch for its goodness!

Tips for Happiness in Daily LifeCoconut Oil

Although it consists primarily of saturated fat, (wait, wait keep reading) it also consists predominantly of Lauric Acid which is a super solider of a health food component! It fights bacteria and viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV (apparently). It also has the other usual benefits such as lowering blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol, weight loss and increased bone strength! WOW

Tip: There’s no coconutty taste (although that would be no bad thing) and it’s normal for coconut oil to be the texture of Vaseline at room temperature, so just squeeze some out and use like a normal oil! Enjoy…

 

 

 

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