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FEELING DOWN ON BLUE MONDAY? EAT AND DRINK YOURSELF HAPPY!

LEADING NUTRITIONIST RHIANNON LAMBERT SHARES THE FOOD & DRINK TO HELP IMPROVE YOUR MOOD

 

If you’re wondering how to lift your spirits on Blue Monday known to be the most depressing day of the year following the theory that we’re all cold, skint, and riddled with guilt that our New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside – We have partnered with renowned nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert (Rhitrition.com) to  pick a selection of food and drink to help support your mood, so that you can eat and drink yourself happy naturally!

“There is a genuine link between food and mental health,” says Rhiannon. “Your gut, which consists of no less than 100 trillion bacteria, has its own nervous system called the enteric nervous system (ENS) and, while its main purpose is to regulate digestion, it also has a strong connection to the brain and can have a major impact on your mental wellbeing.” 

To help keep you smiling this Blue Monday, Rhiannon has shared her top 6 tips on the food and drink that you should be reaching for: 

  1. Bananas: “These contain serotonin, our happy hormone, which can help stabilise our mood, feelings of wellbeing and happiness. They’re also high in potassium, which affects mood and mental energy. A banana a day really can help support our mood! You can also find tryptophan, which is needed to make serotonin, in foods such as oats, cottage cheese, turkey, eggs and tofu.”
  2. Dark Chocolate: “The N-Acylethanolamine – a type of fatty acid derivative that can be found in dark chocolate and which is chemically similar to cannabinoids – is associated with the brain’s mood and reward cycle.”
  3. Ferments: “Fermented food and drinks have been around for thousands of years and are really good for you – think kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso and natural, unsweetened yoghurt. These types of foods feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut, which produce short-chain fatty acids to support the communication loop between our brain and gut. This can improve mental clarity and positive state of mind.”
  4. “Kombucha is a tasty, alternative way to include ferments in your daily diet and reduce overall sugar. My go-to is Remedy Kombucha, which is completely free of sugar and full of live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants.
  5. Green Leafy Veg: “Scientists of the DASH diet – which is an eating plan to help lower or control high blood pressure – have found that green leafy veg may help protect our brain from deterioration and keep us feeling sharp. Antioxidants, which are found in green, leafy veg, are substances that also mop up potentially dangerous compounds known as free radicals in the body – this leads to less oxidative stress on the body, which may have a preventative role against depression. They’re also rich in magnesium, which is a mineral that assists muscles and nerves in relaxing.”
  6. Walnuts: “Studies have shown that these contain omega-3, which may play a role in keeping our brain healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a reduced likelihood of depression – you can also find it in oily fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel or, if you don’t eat fish, in plant-based foods such as chia or pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts and almonds, or flax.”
  7. Wholegrain Bread: “Getting more fibre into our diets can support our gut health, feeding the good bacteria that live there and which send messages to our brain to enhance our mood. They also play an important role in helping serotonin production. Carbohydrates are a key part of a healthy, balanced diet and provide sustained energy – not getting enough, particularly of the wholegrain sort, can lead to feelings of tiredness, irritability and low mood.” 

Five Reasons To Go Dry This Jan

Here at Remedy, we’re BIG fans of giving booze a break. (Especially after the Christmas/New Years’ crazy!)

Wanna know our top five reasons to dodge the dranks for a month or two? Here they are!

You’ll sleep better
While alcohol may help you nod off, the quality of your sleep will be poorer. Try giving booze the flick and see whether it makes a difference to the quality of your kip!

Better mood
If you feel a bit down in the dumps or sad, alcohol can make you feel worse because it affects your brain chemistry. Alcohol is a depressant which means it upsets and disrupts the balance of our brains. Give dry Jan a go and keep a mood diary to see if booting the booze makes a difference.

More energy
Alcohol can mess with your immune system making it harder to fight off bugs which is the last thing you need heading into the colder months! Because booze also affects your sleep and mood it can leave you feeling sluggish. Give booze a break and see if you notice a difference in your energy levels.

Better skin
Alcohol is dehydrating so swap out booze for something more healthy, tasty and hydrating like Remedy Kombucha or Remedy Coconut Water Kefir. Get your glow on girlfriend!

Cut the calories
Booze is FULL of empty calories! Just one beer can contain the same amount of calories as a small block of chocolate and to work off the calories in a glass of white wine, you’d need to walk for just over 2.5km. Yikes! We’re down for exercise but 2.5kms for a vino? Probably not!


Keep posted for our tasty mocktail recipes to get you through January – they’re so tasty you may even make it through to sober October without an alcoholic bevvie passing your lips!


Eaten Alive's Gut-Friendly Jackfruit 'Crispy Duck' Pancakes

As you know we've teamed up with our friends at Eaten Alive to bring you a series of gut-friendly vegan recipes and last to the table is Jackfruit Faux Crispy Duck Pancakes!


Jackfruit Faux Crispy Duck Pancakes (serves 4) 

  • 2 tins of young (green) jackfruit in water
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 small bunch of spring onions (white part only), finely diced
  • Garlic to taste (LOTS), finely diced
  • 2 tbsp ginger, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp Remedy Kombucha Cherry Plum
  • 2 tbsp Eaten Alive Cacao & Lime sauce 

Remaining Ingredients to serve

  • Pancakes for crispy duck
  • Eaten Alive Cacao & Lime sauce combined with Hoisin sauce, to taste
  • 1 cucumber, cored and cut into matchsticks
  • Spring onion, cut into thin strips lengthwise
  • Sesame seeds, to garnish 

Method (Best made a day ahead to marinate the jackfruit): 

  1. Drain both jackfruit tins. Roughly break up the pieces with your hands and set them aside.
  2. Heat up toasted sesame oil in a medium pan. Fry spring onions until softened. Add garlic and ginger and fry off gently until soft and fragrant.
  3. Add five-spice mix and fry it off gently, stirring the whole time, for a minute or so.
  4. Now add in the prepared jackfruit along with your Soy sauce or Tamari, Hoisin, sauce Toasted sesame oil, Remedy Cherry Plumb Kombucha and Eaten Alive Cacao & Lime sauce
  5. Mix everything really well. Squash the jackfruit pieces with your mixing spoon so that the individual fibres separate more.
  6. Simmer the mixture gently for another 5-10 minutes and then allow it to cool down. Place in the fridge overnight to intensify the flavour.
  7. Just before you are ready to assemble your pancakes, set the oven to 200° C. Spread the jackfruit pieces on a baking sheet lined tray and bake for approx 20-25 minutes until a little caramelised and browned around the edges. 

To Serve: 

  1. Warm-up your pancakes in a steamer.
  2. Dollop a bit of Cacao & Lime/Hoisin sauce on the inside of each pancake, followed by jackfruit ‘duck’, cucumber, spring onions and sesame seeds.
  3. Enjoy with a glass of Remedy Kombucha Cherry Plum.

Eaten Alive's Gut-Friendly Ginger Kimchi Fried Rice

We've teamed up with our friends at Eaten Alive to bring you a series of gut-friendly vegan recipes, and second to the table is this super-delicious Ginger Kimchi Fried Rice!


Ginger Kimchi Fried Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 300g dried brown basmati cooked in advance. Ideally chilled in the fridge overnight or at least for a few hours following cooling.
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp finely diced ginger
  • 200g Eaten Alive Classic Spicy Kimchi, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce or Tamari
  • 4 Tbsp Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon
  • 4 eggs, lightly scrabbled (optional)


For Garnish

  • Extra Eaten Alive Classic Spicy Kimchi, roughly chopped
  • Small bunch of radishes, sliced
  • Spring onions, sliced
  • Sesame seeds


Method 

  1. Heat the toasted sesame oil in a wok or large pan and fry the ginger for a brief minute so it begins to release its wonderful aroma.
  2. Add the pre-cooked rice and fry for a couple more minutes.
  3. Combine the roughly chopped kimchi and continue to fry for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon along with the soy sauce or tamari and stir through until well combined.
  5. Finally if opting to use them, add the pre-cooked lightly scrambled eggs and stir through. 


To Serve: 

  1. Plate/Bowl your Kimchi Fried rice.
  2. Top with a little extra Classic Spicy Kimchi, sliced radishes, spring onions and sesame seeds.
  3. Enjoy with a glass of Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon.