Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


good mood food


Elderflower & Green Tea Cooler


​A calm­ing re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food. Par­ticular­ly good to give to teenag­ers fac­ing exams.The green tea makes this co­ol­er both calm­ing and re­fresh­ing. Be sure to make the ging­er pieces thick en­ough to fish out from your jug, and use only...

Seaweed, the single best mood food


By Xa Milne Co Founder, Mara Seaweed, author of The Seaweed Cookbook, Michael Joseph, Penguin 2016."Over the last decade, since Fiona Houston and I first discovered the wonders of seaweed and founded Mara, we have discovered a passion for its myriad nutritional benefits." “You are...

Calming Green Broth from the Happy Kitchen


​A calm­ing re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food for Nation­al Vegetarian Week.The mag­nesium in this re­cipe could be re­spon­sible for the calm­ing ef­fect it has on me. You can be flexib­le with the green veget­ables you use. Caulif­low­er, for exam­ple, works as well...

Sundried Tomato Hummus


A re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food.I al­ways have a pot of hum­mus in the frid­ge to use for a snack or to add to a salad. It is rich in vitamin B6 and mag­nesium, which as we have seen, have an­xiety re­liev­ing...

Spiced Tomato Baked Eggs with Sweet Potato and Guacamole


A re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food.This protein-rich re­cipe makes for a cheer­ful weekend brunch. Or serve it with wholeg­rain tor­tillas and sour cream for a more sub­stan­ti­al lunch or di­nn­er. The guacamole is opt­ion­al, de­pend­ing upon how much time you have, and...

Feeling Fragile Dark Chocolate Brazil Nut Brownies


​A re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food.We spent ages per­fect­ing these dark chocolate brownies with Brazil nuts, en­sur­ing that they were soft, rich and gooey in the centre. Though they are still a treat, you have more con­trol over the in­gredients as you...

‘Sweet Dreams’ Butternut Squash, Sundried Tomato & Feta Frittata


A re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food, But­ternut Squash, Sundried Tomato & Feta Frit­tata is a per­fect choice when you're feel­ing fragile. It's an easy re­cipe that can be pre­pared in ad­vance. We like it both cold (with a salad for lunch) and...

When water just doesn’t quite cut the mustard…


  Staying hydrated is essential for mental clarity. But what I hadn’t realised until working with Nutritional Therapist Alice Mackintosh was just how much fluid I could get from foods that are naturally rich in water. With Nutrition and Hydration Week in full swing I...

Discussing #goodmoodfood with Dr Pratima Singh


I was honoured to share a platform with the inspirational Dr Pratima Singh, consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley hospital, at a recent The Idler event. Dr Singh is a believer in a holistic approach to mental health and one of my heroines. You can now listen to...

Magic Mushrooms? #goodmoodfood


The Chinese have been prescribing mushrooms for centuries. They are a source of Vitamin D which helps to harmonise hormones and boost immunity, and also seems to be important for supporting mood. You can maximise their vitamin D content by leaving them out on the...