Lentils are complex carbohydrate so, like bananas, help increase the brain’s production of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin. This results in a calmer, happier state of mind with less anxiety. They also help to stabilise your blood sugar levels, keeping your mood even. Plus, they’re high in folate – deficiencies in folate have been linked to depression and mania. And finally, lentils can help boost your iron levels, which will give you a nice shot of energy.
How much do you need? Try half a cup of lentils in homemade soups or stews. To make lentils easier to digest, soak them for a few hours before cooking.