We all have good days and bad days. We also all have foods we prefer and foods we prefer less. But there’s now strong evidence to suggest that it is possible to plan a diet for a better mood.

There are many ways that foods can affect how we feel.

Feeling good comes from a diet that is filled with lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grain sources of carbohydrates, with moderate amounts of animal-based protein and dairy (if you choose to include these). These whole foods will support a good supply of nutrients for both good health and good mood.

Here’s a colourful salad recipe to whet the appetite and bolster your mood as you kick start your healthy Spring!

 

What you need:
500g pumpkin, cut into wedges
2 oranges, peeled, thinly sliced
1 radicchio, roughly torn
1/2 cup mint leaves
150g Persian goat’s cheese feta
1/2 cup of sprouts
1/2 cup peptia seeds
1 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Dressing
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 orange, freshly squeezed

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 200C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and arrange the pumpkin. Combine the oil and garlic in a small bowl and brush the pumpkin. Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the orange dressing in a small jar and shake well. Set aside.

On a platter, arrange the radicchio, orange, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, feta, sprouts and mint. Drizzle with orange dressing and serve with your favourite protein.

 

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