It is widely known that January is one of the most depressing months – specifically Blue Monday, a day recognised across the UK as the most depressing day of the year, which typically falls on the third Monday in January (that means the 18th for 2016). So in order to cheer everyone up throughout this day, Keith Goddard and the team at Keith Goddard Catering have come up with his top tips to help eat your way to a happier and more productive day:
1) Have your Morning Coffee
If you like to indulge in caffeine, then have a shot of espresso or a cappuccino. Caffeine is a great natural stimulant and will help you beat the blues.
2) Don’t Forget Breakfast
If you got up late on Blue Monday. Don’t forget breakfast. It is an essential part of the day and will help kick you off to a happier start. Grab a banana if you are running late or slice one over porridge for a warming and filling start to the day. Bananas are an essential source of Vitamin B6 which helps boosts your mood!
3) Avoid Too Much Junk Food
Indulging in a burger or a sweet treat isn’t going to help lift your mood today, especially if you are trying to maintain your new year’s resolution. Our advice is if you can’t resist the temptation then create it yourself – the healthiest of treats are ones cooked by you! For a treat, homemade deserts and treats are the best option – try a delicious homemade Sticky Toffee Pudding
Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Handful of Dates
- Vanilla extract
- large eggs
- Self-raising flour
- To serve: Frozen Yoghurt and maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan oven 160C.
- Finally chop the dates and add to hot water. In a separate bowl cream your butter, sugar and vanilla extract and then combine date mixture, flour and eggs.
- Cover each tightly with foil, stand in an ovenproof dish and pour in hot water to halfway up the sides of the mold’s. Cook for 30 minutes or an hour for one single dish, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Uncover, run a knife around the edges, and invert onto plates. Serve with a generous drizzle of maple syrup and frozen yoghurt.
4) Eat a Carb-Packed Lunch
Carbs naturally release serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical so don’t forget to eat a healthy sandwich, pasta salad or rice dish for lunch.
5) Head to the Gym, Walk a Mile or Take a Stroll Around the Park
Exercising is a brilliant natural mood booster. So don’t forget to add a 20mins walk in, cycle, swim or gym trip into your day. I tend to go with friends and it certainly always lifts my mood.