3 Happy Foods Recipes And Tips

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While a greasy plate of fries or sugary snack may temporarily alleviate a bad mood, long-term happiness is rarely doled out at a drive-thru. Fortunately, there are plenty of foods with proven mood-boosting benefits that can help you get happier and healthier with every bite. So, before you dive headfirst into another value meal, add these happiness-promoting foods to your menu.

You already know that the food you eat each day plays a vital role in your overall health, but did you know that it can affect your mood too? Making healthier choices in your diet will not only help control your waistline, but it can also help lift your mood, and provide a long-lasting boost in energy and focus.

Since your brain is always working, it requires specific vitamins and high-quality nutrients to use as fuel throughout the day. The fuel we choose to eat can greatly affect our mood, energy, and our brain’s overall performance.

Our brains produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps calm and soothes us, giving us a more relaxed, cheerful mood. We recommend not only adding the best foods for good moods to your diet, but also incorporating natural supplements like BrainMD’s Serotonin Mood Support. These natural supplements can help maintain a healthy mood and self-confidence, and can even help sustain deep sleep, a healthy appetite, and social engagement.

Croissant French Toast

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 25 mins

Treat yourself or your loved ones to this rich and decadent breakfast! Croissant French toast is filled with apple compote, maple ricotta and topped with warm cinnamon sauce.

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: French

Keyword: Croissant French Toast, French Toast Recipes

Servings: 2

Calories: 678 cal

Croissant French Toast
Ingredients
For maple ricotta:
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • ½ cup Ricotta 3.5 ounces/100g
  • For apple compote:
  • 2 Medium Apples See note 1
  • cup Water  80ml
  • 6 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter  15g
  • ¼ cup Heavy Cream  60ml
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch See note 2
For the French croissants:
  • 2 Eggs small or medium
  • ¼ cup Heavy Cream  60ml
  • ¼ cup Milk  60ml
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract See note 3
  • 2 Large Croissants
For frying:
  • 3 tbsp Butter 45g, See note 5
Instructions
  1. Maple ricotta: Stir maple syrup into ricotta until well combined.
  2. Apple compote: Peel, core and slice the apples. Throw them into a frying pan or sauce pan, add water, sugar and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Let it simmer for 3–5 minutes. Drain the syrup into another sauce pan and place this on the stove. Add butter and heavy cream. Stir and simmer for about a minute. In a glass combine cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water and mix until the cornstarch has dissolved. Add a tablespoon of the cinnamon sauce into the cornstarch and mix again. Now pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce pan and stir until the sauce is thickened. Turn off the heat.
  3. French croissant: In a large bowl, whisk eggs, heavy cream, milk and vanilla extract until well combined. Cut the croissants in halves length-wise. Melt the butter in your frying pan. Dip each croissant in the batter, shake the excess and place onto the frying pan. Fry on both sides until the egg mixture is set and the croissants look to your liking.
  4. Place one croissant-half on the plate, top with maple ricotta, apples, cover with the other half and pour some cinnamon sauce over.
  5. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

I find Granny Smith apples best for this recipe as they still remain little bit sour after cooking which helps balance the flavors. If you prefer sweeter, go ahead and use the apple variety you like. For a thicker sauce, add more cornstarch. For thinner sauce add some milk. Vanilla extract can be omitted. This recipe yields 2 filled croissants. It can be easily doubled or halved. Add more butter if needed. If you feel the batter is burnt, before frying the second batch, just get rid of the burnt butter and wipe clean the pan. Add fresh butter and continue. Ricotta can be substituted with cream cheese. Use the largest frying pan you have. I used an 11-inch (28-cm) frying pan where I fit 1 croissant (2 halves). This will also depend on the size of croissants you use.

Nutrition Facts

Croissant French Toast

Amount Per Serving

Calories 678 Calories from Fat 288

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 32g 49%

Saturated Fat 18g 90%

Cholesterol 271mg 90%

Total Carbohydrates 85g 28%

Dietary Fiber 5g 20%

Sugars 70g

Protein 13g 26%

Vitamin A 29%

Vitamin C 10.2%

Calcium 24.5%

Iron 6.1%

  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Mixed Fruit Galette

Prep Time

25 mins

Cook Time

25 mins

Total Time

50 mins

Mixed fruit galette is one of the easiest things to bake. What is great about galette is that you can use any fruit you like (well, apart from bananas) and you don’t need any special skills to make it! It’s rustic, which also means it doesn’t have to look perfect but it still will taste amazing.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: French

Servings: 10 (2 Smaller Tarts (20cm/8 inch diameter) or 1 Large (25cm/10 inch))

Calories: 177 kcal

Mixed Fruit Galette
Ingredients
  • 500 g Mixed Fruit  1.1lb
  • 200 g Shortcrust Pastry  7oz
  • 100 g Caster Sugar  3.5oz
  • 70 g Unsalted Butter  2.5oz
  • 2 tbsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Egg wash optional
Instructions
  1. Wash, peel, core and dice the fruit.
  2. In a pan, melt butter and sugar. Add the fruit and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for about 5 minutes. Turn off and let it cool.
  3. Meanwhile: Roll out the pastry into a circle (if you want to have 2 small galettes, then divide the pastry before rolling into 2). Place it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. To prevent the pastry from tearing, wrap it around your rolling pin and transfer onto the baking paper.
  4. Place the fruit mix in the middle of the pastry (don’t allow much of the liquid onto the pastry — it might become soggy).
  5. With your hands start folding the outer edges of your pastry towards the middle, make sure the pastry is overlapping the fruit filling. This is a rustic pie so it doesn’t matter how it looks as long as the edges are “closed” somehow.
  6. Optional: brush the pastry edges with egg wash (egg or egg yolk, beaten with a bit of water).
  7. Bake at 180C/350F for 20–25 minutes or until cooked.
  8. Serve with ice cream or sour cream!

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Nutrition Facts

Mixed Fruit Galette

Amount Per Serving

Calories 177 Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 6g 9%

Saturated Fat 3g 15%

Cholesterol 15mg 5%

Sodium 100mg 4%

Potassium 59mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%

Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

Sugars 15g

Protein 1g 2%

Vitamin A 6.5%

Vitamin C 2.7%

Calcium 0.6%

Iron 4.4%

  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Rustic Pear Frangipane Tart

Prep Time 35 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Rustic Pear Frangipane Tart! Have you ever tried it? Poached pears, almond filling, shortcrust pastry…Hmmm, doesn’t that sound delicious?

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: French

Servings: 16 2 Small Tarts (20cm/8 inch round tin) or 1 large (25cm/10 inch round tin)

Calories: 396 kcal

Rustic Pear Frangipane Tart
Ingredients
  • 400 g Shortcrust Pastry OR  14.1oz
HOMEMADE PASTRY:
  • 225 g Plain Flour  7.9oz
  • 100 g Unsalted Butter  3.5oz
  • 40 g Caster Sugar  1.4oz
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 3 tbsp  Water
FRANGIPANE:
  • 125 g Ground Almonds  4.4oz
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter  4.4oz
  • 110 g Caster Sugar  3.5oz
  • 50 g Plain Flour  1.75oz
  • 3 Medium Eggs   beaten
PEARS:
  • 6 –8 Medium Pears
  • 2 cups  Water
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Caster Sugar
OPTIONAL:
  • Icing Sugar
Instructions
PASTRY:
  1. In a large bowl sift the flour and add sugar. Mix with your hand. Throw in cold butter (cut into cubes) and using your hand work the butter into the flour mix until you get crumb-like texture.
  2. Add the egg yolk and a bit of water. Mix. Add the rest of the water in a few stages, using your hands to mix the ingredients around until you form a ball. Don’t overwork the dough.
  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and place in your fridge for 30 minutes. You can also wrap the pastry in a cling film and place it in the fridge.
  4. Check out my Homemade Pastry Recipe!
PEARS:
  1. Wash pears and cut them in halves. Peel them and remove seeds and any hard parts.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine water, sugar and ground cinnamon. Add the pears and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the pears until soft (10–15 mins).
  3. Once ready, drain the water and set aside for later.
FRANGIPANE:
  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter with sugar until fluffy. Add ground almonds, flour and beaten eggs. Mix until well combined.
TO MAKE THE TART:
  1. Roll out your pastry — it should be larger than the tin you will be using. Make sure it’s not too thick or too thin. If too thin, it will tear easily. Somewhere between 3–5 mm is good. Place your rolling pin on one side of the rolled pastry. With your hand try to wrap the rolled out pastry around the rolling pin. Lift it up and transfer onto the tart tin (that has been greased and/or lined with baking paper).
  2. Using your fingertips, press it into the corners of your tin. To avoid tearing, lift the pastry with one hand and then press down into the corner with another one. Trim off the excess pastry using a knife.
  3. Place in a preheated oven and bake at 180C/350F for 10 minutes.
  4. Take out, fill with frangipane and top with cooked (and drained) pears.
  5. Transfer back in the oven and bake for a further 20–25 minutes (or until the filling has set) at the same temperature.
  6. Once ready, let it cool down before removing from the tin.
  7. Dust with icing sugar (optional) and serve!

Nutrition Facts

Rustic Pear Frangipane Tart

Amount Per Serving

Calories 396 Calories from Fat 162

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 18g 28%

Saturated Fat 8g 40%

Cholesterol 73mg 24%

Sodium 137mg 6%

Potassium 125mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%

Dietary Fiber 3g 12%

Sugars 22g

Protein 6g 12%

Vitamin A 8.6%

Vitamin C 3.5%

Calcium 3.9%

Iron 12.2%

  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Tip

Turns out chocolate’s delicious taste isn’t the only reason it makes you feel so warm and fuzzy. The cocoa treat also gives you an instant boost in mood and concentration, and improves blood flow to your brain, helping you feel more vibrant and energized. Research conducted by the

British Pharmacological Society even reveals that cocoa flavonols can boost your cognitive performance, making it easier to keep killing it at work. Sadly, Snickers bars don’t count. Cocoa is the chocolate ingredient that does your body good, so pure dark chocolate is your best bet if you want the mood-boosting benefits minus the extra belly flab.

Just don’t overdo it: A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that a few ounces of dark chocolate a day is all you need to reap the benefits. Make sure that when you’re indulging your inner chocoholic, you choose from the 20 Best Chocolates for Weight Loss — Ranked

Best Chocolates for Weight Loss

Serotonin is a chemical messenger that’s believed to act as a mood stabilizer. It’s said to help produce healthy sleeping patterns as well as boost your mood. Studies show that serotonin levels can have an effect on mood and behavior, and the chemical is commonly linked to feeling good and living longer.

Supplements can increase your serotonin levels via the amino acid tryptophan. Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan.

But for a more natural approach to possibly increasing your serotonin levels, you can try eating foods that contain tryptophan. It is known that tryptophan depletion is seen in those with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Research has also shown that when you follow a low-tryptophan diet, brain serotonin levels drop. However, research is ongoing to determine how much tryptophan-containing foods can affect serotonin levels in the brain.

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