Christmas is the time to share the joys of laughter and good cheer. However, it can be hard to share good cheer when last minute shopping and the mall crowds are making us grumpier and increasing our stress levels. Fortunately, studies have shown that there are healthy foods which can make happy brain chemicals; so we can eat ourselves to happiness. The list of food which reputedly can promote good mood includes common items such as chocolate, avocado and banana. Here is a list of food for good cheer and where you can have them. We, of course, are not experts on how food can affect our brains. For us, eating itself brings its own joy.
A study done at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland found that chocolate makes people happy, but we already knew that.
At The Dark Gallery, you can indulge in chocolate in so many ways. A visit to The Dark Gallery always makes us happy.
The Dark Gallery
Millenia Walk #01-K5
9 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6255 0368
Avocados have depression-fighting folate, mood-lifting tryptophan and stress relieving vitamin B6 and are natural hormone balancers. Avocados should help your brain to feel great.
The smashed avocado on toast at The Providore Downtown looked great and was food for good cheer. Regardless of any mood-boosting benefits, the dish certainly made us happier.
The Providore Downtown
OUE Downtown Gallery
6A Shenton Way #B1-07
Tel: +65 6431 7600
The body uses tryptophan to make serotonin, which is a mood-lifting substance for the brain. A rich source of tryptophan is Chicken breast.
The corn fed chicken breast at Salt Grill & Sky Bar, a restaurant with a great view, will certainly help to chase the blues away.
Salt Grill & Sky Bar
2 Orchard Turn
#55-01 ION Orchard
Tel: +65 6592 5118
Evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids (found in abundance in fatty fish such as salmon, herring, sardines and tuna) may help ease depressive symptoms.
Fisk Seafoodbar & Market is a restaurant and retail concept where you can dine and shop for cold water seafood. Our lunch there brought us much delight.
FiSK Seafoodbar & Market
30 Stevens Road #01-01,
Tel: +65 6732 0711
Quinoa, a complex carbohydrate and a complete protein, helps to keep blood sugar and energy levels steady. It can help lift moods by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain.
The seared salmon with citrus quinoa at Fynn’s Modern Australia Restaurant was very good. We got the benefits of anti-depressive fish and mood-lifting quinoa in one dish. We thought the congenial staff at Fynn’s put us in a good mood; now we know it was the fish and quinoa that cheered us up.
26 Beach Road
#B1-21, South Beach Avenue
Tel: +65 6384 1878
Bananas contain tryptophan as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, fibre, potassium, phosphorous, iron and carbohydrate – all good mood-lifting stuff.
The Signature Original Flower Bowl of Project Acai looked beautiful and has plenty of banana and other healthy ingredients. Enjoying an acai bowl at the cool and casual acai bar will surely put one in a very cheerful mood.
Project Acai East
217 East Coast Road
We cannot be sure about the science behind the food for good cheer but we know that eating good food almost always makes us happy. We have enjoyed much good food and good cheer this Christmas season. We hope you too will find joy and good cheer this Christmas – whether from food or something even more meaningful.
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you
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