Feel Better Foods to Help You During Lockdown

As many of us brace for another week of lockdown, it can become increasingly hard to stay positive and motivated. With a very blurry end in sight, we may want to grab that bag of chips or that bottle of wine. I know, sometimes I do. Food can be an outlet to cope with the stress, a way to numb ourselves or that one thing we look forward to, after doing the same thing day after day. But before we know it, what was a once off is an everyday and we don’t feel 100% anymore.It begins to seem like we will never get out of this seemingly endless cycle. However, there are things that you can do to help with this! Go for a walk, call a friend and start to focus on the foods that make you feel better. Not only will this help your body and mind but it will help to boost your productivity and support your health, long term.

Here are some of our tried and tested feel better foods that will get you out of the #lockdownblues in no time!

A daily dose of Vitamin D

Naturally, the sun is a great source of Vitamin D. The feeling of sun on your skin, can increase your mood in an instant. However, this is not achievable for all of us. With more of us staying inside due to lockdown, we need other alternatives to maintain our Vitamin D levels. A recent study has linked low levels of Vitamin D to depression and other mood disorders. So, if you’re feeling the #lockdownblues, add some of these foods to your daily cooking adventures:

  • Egg Yolks
  • Red meat
  • Oily fish – salmon, sardines
  • Plant-based source: mushrooms

Short on time? Why not order our marinated beef salad or for a vegetarian option, try a mushroom and spinach wrap?  

The gut is the new brain!

Ever heard of the saying “anything that affects the gut, affects the brain”? This is true! Don’t believe us? Scientists have found that there is a gut-brain axis that acts as a communication highway between your GI tract and the brain! The bacteria that live inside us, does affect our mood. Therefore, eating good sources of prebiotics and probiotics are really good for you! No idea what we are talking about? Let us help you.

1. Prebiotics

Prebiotics are a non-digestible type of dietary fibre that ferments to feed our gut friends. Not only does it give us energy, it increases our water absorption and helps generate anti-inflammatory compounds such a short-chain fatty acid, shown to improve exercise recovery.

Pulses which contain legumes, beans and peas provide us with a great source of prebiotics. And lucky for you many of our vegetarian salads contain these ingredients including Falafel, Haloumi, Pomegranate and Quinoa.  Give them a try to keep your gut smiling.

2.  Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria which are found typically in yeast and fermented products. The Lactobacillus is the most well-known family of probiotics and can help with strengthening the gut lining to stop little nasty’s from entering your system. To add some more probiotics into your diet try these foods: 

  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
Eat the rainbow!

Whilst that bright red colour on the packet of corn chips or that royal purple on a block of chocolate may seem very appealing, they won’t nourish us with what our bodies need. Not to fear! Fresh fruit and veggies are the answer we are looking for. They are loaded with essential nutrients and antioxidants that are great for brain health and keep our immune system strong. By slowly releasing energy into our bodies, these colourful goodies can perk up our mood over time.

Don’t have access to fresh products? It has been shown that most frozen fruits and vegetables have no difference in nutritional quality to their fresh counterparts. You can also order any of our salads which are packed to the brim of colourful fruits and veggies online through our delivery partners. Now, go grab that camera and take that Instagram worthy shot with the colours of the food rainbow!

Some fun facts about rainbow food…

  • Spinach, lentils, soybeans are a good source for iron
  • Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin C
  • Tomatoes are known for lycopene which is a good source of vitamin A & C
  • Broccoli contains chromium that regulates the brain’s mood

Our Soul Origin salads are all made fresh every day with vegetables and fruit. Mix and match your favourite salads to reap the nutritional benefits. Our suggestion: a Regular salad with Greek, Roast Vege and Beetroot! Don’t forget to tag us with your favourite mix @soulorigin  

Don’t worry ‘B’ happy.

The B vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins which include B6, B12, and folic acid. These vitamins play a huge role in the production of red blood cells, metabolism of nutrients as well as supporting the regulation of serotonin (our happy hormone!). This helps determine mood and regulates social behaviour.

When making food at home focus on including dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale to your meal. Add a little bit of lemon juice to help unlock the iron found in these items. You can even pair it with some shellfish or chicken breast to get that extra boost of Vitamin B!  

Our chicken chorizo, chicken schnitzel and chicken pesto penne salads are a great source of Vitamin B. To top it off, you can always ask for a drizzle of our Zesty lemon olive oil.

Selenium rich foods

Selenium is a trace mineral found in a range of different foods. It is nutritionally essential for our bodies as these foods have antioxidant properties that can help protect against DNA and cell damage. A small amount of selenium is only recommended as it could prove to be harmful if more than the maximum daily intake is had. Here’s an easy tip, 1-2 Brazil nuts contains the adult RDI for selenium. Allergic to nuts? Try these out other sources:

  • Whole grains
  • Beans and legumes
  • Lean meat (lean pork or beef)
  • Seeds
  • Seafood (fish, sardines, oysters, crab and fish)
  • Wholegrain

You can find beans and legumes in Soul Origin’s vegetarian salads Falafel, Pomegranate and quinoa and haloumi salad.

Feel better at Soul Origin

So, the next time you’re stuck in a food rut or feeling down for a long period of time, try adding in one of these foods to give you that good mood feeling. At Soul Origin we believe that good mood food should be fresh, fast and convenient. Check out our menu page to find more nutritious varieties of food to order for delivery when you’re stuck at home. Remember, we are in this together and we can’t wait to see what you come up with to beat those #lockdownblues tag us @soulorigin with all your good mood food creations!

Disclaimer: This content provides generic information. It is not an alternative nor substitute to a qualified medical advice. Consult your doctor or qualified nutritionist about nutritional information .  



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