The colder it gets, the more I daydream about sunshine-filled island holidays; even more so when I’m sitting here staring at a large photo of Kauai’s lush green valleys and white beaches.
I don’t mind winter so much, but the happiness factor is not quite at the same level as on days that are long, warm and bright. Those who know me well know that even just one block of chocolate can put a smile on my face, but luckily there are a whole lot of healthier foods out there which can turn our moods around too.
Of course, eating enough will ensure that you have the energy to get through your day’s work, but we can take it a step further still:
Choosing proper portions of low GI carbs, which release their glucose slowly, will give you more uniform energy levels for the day instead of energy highs and slumps which are brought on by high sugar, highly processed carbohydrates. Think of it as chilling on a gentle swell instead of riding a rollercoaster!
- Try KAUAI’s Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs with Low GI toast to start your day well
- Or their soup and snack wrap combo during the day to keep you going strong
Having the right vitamins and minerals, as well as essential fatty acids, in your diet can also affect your mood and energy levels. Vitamins B1, B6, B12, folate, magnesium and vitamin C are just some that should be part of your intake and having a varied diet is the best way to get them in.
- If you’re feeling anxious, KAUAI’s Hawaiian Chicken Wrap with Vitamin C, magnesium, folic acid, potassium and a little of the right kind of fats, will keep you calm and balanced
- Or if you’re feeling tired, try the freshly squeezed apple, orange or carrot juices on offer which are packed with vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates which gives you energy and improve brain activity
No doubt you’ve heard that having a glass of milk before bed makes you sleep better. It’s seen as a bit of an old wives tale, but dairy may well have a calming effect on some people. It’s also a good source of calcium and protein, so having some milk, yoghurt or cheese every day is worth a try.
- The Berry Dairy smoothie, made with low fat milk and frozen yoghurt, is a good option and has the extra benefit of being filled with antioxidants
Caffeine, in limited amounts, may make you feel more alert for a period of time, but keep it to one cup and have it with food so that you’re getting proper long-lasting energy as well.
- Try KAUAI’s deliciously brewed coffee and grab a muffin to go with it.
- And just to stay hydrated, grab water as well – it’s a large percentage of our bodies, so it makes sense that it keeps things in balance, especially with regard to kidney function.
Eating our favourite foods put us in a good mood, not only because of the associations we create – like summer holidays and cold watermelon slices – but because happy-making endorphins are released when we eat those foods. So imagine how healthy and happy you’ll be if your favourite foods are tasty, wholesome, nutritious foods which you end up eating every day because you want to and not because you have to!