5 foods to boost your mood and make you happier

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We reveal 5 mood-boosting foods that supposedly elevate your happiness levels with every bite.

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Unsurprisingly, the foods you eat can have a huge effect on our mood.

And we don't mean when you fist shove bags of >toffee popcorn in your mouth when no one is looking (although that feels pretty amazing it is true).

Luckily we've discovered the 5 key ingredients that should help to improve your mood if you eat at least two of them every day.

5 foods that can boost your mood


1. Prawns
100g of prawns contains your recommended daily allowance of tryptophan - an amino acid needed to make mood-boosting serotonin. They also contain selenium which works as an antioxidant to repair cells.

2. Potatoes
A decent sized jacket potato contains more than half your daily vitamin B6 requirement, which is also required to produce serotonin. Top with prawns for a double whammy meal.

3. Walnuts
They're a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that fight off depression. They are also 15 times higher in vitamin E than other nuts, so your skin will benefit too.

4. Turkey
Like prawns, white meat like turkey is a great source of tryptophan. Just 200g is enough to exceed your recommended daily allowance.

5. Quinoa
This super-grain is available in health food stores and just 90g is enough to supply your daily amount of manganese, which helps to stabilise your mood. Use it instead of rice or to bulk up homemade soups.

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