Food and Mood: Mental Health Awareness Week

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As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, today’s focus at Safety Media HQ is ‘Food and Mood’ and how eating a healthy diet can improve your mood.

According to the Mental Health Foundation there is research to suggest that what we eat may affect not just our physical health, but also our mental health well-being.  Does anyone else remember the TV “You are What you Eat” with Gillian McKeith?  Who’d have thought there was some truth behind it!

Just like the heart, stomach and liver, the brain is an organ that requires different amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water to remain healthy.

Today, we sampled ‘The Mind Meal’, which is one example of how you could combine a range of proteins, omega-3 fats, vitamins, wholegrains and healthy gut foods in a single meal. It’s also low in sugar, caffeine and additives, not to mention delicious!

HR Manager, Helene Simmons said:

Eating a balanced and healthy diet is beneficial to our sense of wellbeing, for example giving us more energy, keeping our sugar levels steady and giving our brains the stuff it needs. To link in with our activities for Mental Health Awareness week, I put my apron on and rustled us up ‘The Mind Meal’. Giving everyone the brain food they need for an afternoon of work here at Safety Media.

Why not give it a try for yourself, it is simple, nutritious and did we mention delicious?

MAIN COURSE: Pasta with pesto and oil-rich fish

You will need:
250g packet of wholemeal pasta
100g jar of pesto
180g tin of tuna in brine water

How to make it:
1. Cook the pasta in boiling water following the packet instructions, then drain the water.
2. Add 3 tablespoons of pesto to the drained pasta and mix together
3. Open the tin of fish, drain the liquid, stir the fish into the pasta and serve.

SIDE DISH: Avocado salad and seeds

You will need:
250g mixed lettuce leaves
1 ripe avocado
50g of seeds (sunflower and pumpkin)

How to make it
1. Wash the salad leaves, and place on a dish.
2. Remove the skin and stone from the avocado, slice it up, and add the slices to the salad.
3. Sprinkle the seeds over the top and serve.

DESSERT: Fruit and Yogurt

You will need:
fresh fruit (such as 1 apple and 1 banana)
8 dried apricot
40g broken walnuts
4 spoonful’s of plain probiotic yoghurt

How to make it
1. Wash the fresh fruit and cut into small pieces (removing core if you want).
2. Rinse the dried apricots, cut them into quarters, then put them in a bowl with the yoghurt and fruit.
3. Serve with walnuts sprinkled over the top.

For those of you with families at home or little time to make meals from scratch then you can batch up this simple dish at the beginning of the week and have lunches for 5 days to see you through – perfect!

You can find more information on Food and Mood on the Mind website, as well as some really great tips on how you can start making a positive change in the way you eat. Change your habits for better health…you might not feel better straight away, but don’t stop trying.

You can find out more about the Safety Media commitment to health and wellbeing by checking out the other health related articles on this blog.

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