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Mood food: ten delicious and nutritious recipes to naturally boost your mood, ease stress and cheer you up

When you eat a healthy diet, your body reaps the benefits - both physically and mentally. Happiness relies partly on good health, which in turn is influenced by what we eat.

But the connection goes deeper than that. For years, scientists have studied the effect of vitamins and minerals such as B12, folate and omega-3 on mood and well-being. A deficiency in these nutrients may lead to feelings of depression, fatigue and apathy and conversely, making them a regular part of your diet may work to elevate your mood and relieve mood swings. 

The impact of these nutrients are still being studied and of course, there's no miracle food that will instantly lift or kill your mood. But there's no doubt that certain vitamins and minerals play a key role in maintaining normal neurological function and enhance the production of serotonin, norepinephrine and melotonin - hormones that directly impact mood. 

In other words, a healthy, balanced diet is a great place to start in boosting your mood. 

With that in mind, we've taken a look at some of the best and most delicious mood-lifting recipes around, from roasted butternut and pomegranate salad to grilled salmon with avocado salsa and dark chocolate brazil nut cookies. Enjoy!

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