Good Mood Foods To Beat The January Blues

Did you know January 15th is referred to as Blue Monday? Apparently, it’s the most depressing day of the year, and it’s no wonder why; the excitement and overindulgence of the festive period can often leave some of us feeling a little blue! It doesn’t always have to be the case though. Try incorporating good mood foods into your diet to reduce stress and increase energy. Here are some of our favourite healthy, mood boosting recipes to keep you in high spirits this January!

 

Dark chocolate coconut bites

Ingredients

  • 300g unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 130g dark chocolate chips
  • 50g natural honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt

 

Method

  • Line an 8X8 baking tin with parchment paper
  • Combine the coconut, honey, vanilla and salt together in a large bowl and blend for 1 minute
  • Pour the mixture into the baking tin, spread out and freeze for 30-45 minutes, until the coconut bar has set
  • Remove from the freezer and slice the bar into approximately 24 bite-size pieces
  • Heat the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and remove from the heat
  • Dip each bite-size piece until fully covered with the rich chocolate
  • Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes until set and enjoy with a hot cup of vitamin boosting fruit tea!

 

Olive tapenade with vegetable sticks

Ingredients

  • 250g pitted black olives
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped capers
  • Juice from a freshly squeezed lemon
  • 6 chopped anchovy fillets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  • To make an authentic textured tapenade, add the lemon juice, capers and anchovy in a food processer and process for 10 seconds. Add the olives and olive oil to make a paste.
  • Season with salt and pepper and enjoy with vegetable sticks (cucumber & carrots are great choices!)

 

Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 220g pitted dates
  • 85g honey
  • 85g peanut butter
  • 130g chopped almonds
  • 190g toasted rolled oats

Method

  • Process the dates in a food processer until combined in a dough consistency
  • Combine oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl
  • Warm the honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over a low heat
  • Add the warm mixture to the large mixing bowl of dry ingredients and mix
  • Transfer the mixture into an 8X8 lined baking tray and flatten evenly
  • Set in the fridge for 30 minutes
  • When set, chop in to bar-sized treats and store in an airtight container

 

How are you conquering the blues this January? Let us know in the comments!


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