For me, as for most people, getting a restful night’s sleep is closely linked to being calm and happy.
Try ending the day with our Sleepy Peach, Cherry and Goji Crumble: it is not overly sweet, so won’t make you feel too wired.
This crumble is full of ingredients aimed to induce sleep. Remember to stone the cherries, though, or someone may break a tooth. A bore maybe – or another soothing mindful exercise.
from the happy kitchen by Rachel Kelly & Alice Mackintosh
6 medium ripe peaches, stoned and cut into 2cm chunks
200g cherries, halved and stoned
2-3 tablespoons goji berries
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon mixed spice
For the topping:
200g rolled oats
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup
10 Brazil nuts, chopped (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Mix the peaches, cherries and goji berries with the maple syrup and mixed spice. Scatter them across the bottom of a deep soufflé or baking dish.
3. For the topping, mix together the oats, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut oil and chopped Brazil nuts, if using, making sure everything is evenly distributed. You do not want the mixture to be too wet, as it will become heavy and stodgy. The idea is to create a crumbly topping.
4. Cover your fruit evenly with the oat mixture (the layer should be 3-4cm deep), and press it down gently. Bake the crumble in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
Check out the happy kitchen's Feeling Fragile Chocolate Brazil Nut Brownies recipe
by Rachel Kelly
Together, over 5 years, Alice Mackintosh and I developed recipes that put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped me to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper.
By harnessing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancholy days, I have been able to stabilise my feelings. Nutrition has become an important element in my holistic approach to staying well, and I wanted to share what I've learnt in the happy kitchen.