Eat yourself happy – 10 foods that make you happy

There’s no denying that what we eat affects how we feel but did you know that certain foods can make us happy? Cool I know, and it all comes down to one weird little word – tryptophan ((trip-toe-fan: just in case you wanted to say it out loud…). Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that’s converted into serotonin. Serotonin is well known as the body’s happy hormone – it makes us feel good.

Unfortunately our bodies aren’t capable of making tryptophan and so we need to rely on what we eat to get our happy fix. Eating for happiness, now doesn’t that sound great?

So next time you need a happy fix, forget the block of chocolate and tub of ice-cream and get into these tryptophan-bursting foods:

Turkey Breast



Low in fat and a good source of lean protein, skinless turkey breast is tryptophan terrific.  Make a stir-fry with lean turkey mince and lots of bright coloured vegetables. It’ll make you happy just looking at it.  If you’re not sure what to do with turkey, most recipes that you would use lean chicken or pork would be great for turkey breast. If you opt for turkey mince (LOVE that stuff), make sure it’s lean 98% fat free otherwise you could be eating more fat that what you bargain for.

Moodie turkey recipes to get you going:



Light and Healthy Tuna Bake


High in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B with a good level of tryptophan, eating more tuna will have you glowing in no time. If you’re not sure how to cook fresh tuna just grab a steak from the fish guy (or gal) and cook it on the barbeque like a steak. Otherwise, pick up a can from the supermarket. Perfect!



Moodie tuna recipes to get you going:




High in omega 3s which are reputed to assist in collagen production, salmon is also a good source of tryptophan. Happy and plumped – who needs botox!





Moodie salmon recipes to get you going:

Chicken Breast



A fantastic source of lean protein, chicken like turkey is tryptophan terrific and  is one of the most versatile ingredients you can have in your kitchen. Poach it, roast it, fry it, stirfry it, barbeque it…. Eat it!





Moodie chicken recipes to get you going:

Lean Lamb



High in iron, you’ll not only be happy but energised too!







Moodie lamb recipes to get you going:




Fibre, iron, calcium, antioxidants, tryptophan – why wouldn’t you eat your leafy greens?





Moodie spinach recipes to get you going:





A super-food packed with vitamins c and k, calcium, B6 and beta carotene just to name a few. Oh my, healthy and happy.





Moodie broccoli recipes to get you going:


Pumpkin seeds

Roast Pumpkin Damper


Gorgeous little nuggets of earthy goodness, pumpkin seeds are a natural anti-inflammatory and help to lower cholesterol. Pumpkins seeds are great on just about anything – sprinkled on salads and soups, tossed through damper and bread, stirred through your morning muesli or just roasted and eaten as a snack.



Moodie pumkin seed recipes to get you going:



Easy Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms


High in iron, fibre and vitamin B, lentils are also a fantastic source of protein and tryptophan. I can’t get enough of ‘em.





Moodie lentil recipes to get you going:




Mmmmm, cheese. Choose a lower fat variety and you’ve got a brilliant source of calcium, protein and vitamin B. Happy fondue anyone?





Moodie cheese recipes to get you going:

I feel happier already don’t you?  What do you eat to make you happy?




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