Apricot and Brazil nut couscous
Two of the key mood-related nutrients are folate and selenium. Depression is a common symptom of folate deficiency and many patients experiencing depressive behaviour have been found to be folate deficient.
Increasing the consumption of folate rich foods can alter, and, in some cases, completely eliminate mood swings and depressive behaviour. Selenium has also shown a marked effect in lifting depression. Trials with selenium have been shown to lift depression and decrease tiredness and anxiety. Brazil nuts are the richest source of selenium of all foods and red kidney beans are an excellent source of folate.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
- 200g couscous
- Small can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 30g dried apricots, chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 300ml hot vegetable stock
- 30g Brazil nuts, chopped
- Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the couscous and stir well to coat in the oil.
Keep stirring over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the stock has been absorbed and the couscous is tender.
Fluff up the couscous with a fork.