Are you fighting the Monday blues today?  We have just the right antidote for you.

“Let food be your medicine” – Hippocrates

Remember the saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doldrums away’?  Everyday experts are analysing the connection between what we eat and how we feel.  There is strong evidence that our food habits impact our metabolism, brain chemistry, ultimately impacting energy levels and the way we feel. So, if you are in the doldrums today, Esseplore recommends three foods to boost up your mood and get you out of the Monday blues.

  • Salmon

Most people would agree that salmon is a pretty good fish in more ways than one.  One of the reasons salmon is so popular is because it is a nutritional powerhouse.  It’s one of the most natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  This group of essential omega-3 fatty acids must be obtained through diet only, because your body can’t produce them on its own.  Salmon also has the properties to fight inflammation, which plays a significant role in reducing depression.  

If you are wondering what the fuss is all about, omega-3 fatty acids enhance the fluidity of the brain’s cell membrane and are believed to play an important role in brain development and cell signalling.

A 100-gm serving of salmon provides the body with at least 2.260 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Having salmon twice a week is a clever way of improving your diet. At Esseplore, we serve quite the royal salmon at Umami Chefs.  It’s pure heaven. Our chefs serve a perfectly cooked delicate sustainable farm fresh sashimi grade salmon.  The fillets are evenly coated with our house-made miso butter mix, and it is served with assorted fresh veggies.  Try our Baked Salmon with Miso Butter for an instant mood uplift.  

  • Spinach and kale+

Dark, leafy greens have evolved as emerging heroes on our plates because we all have learned about its inherent goodness and the significant contribution it can make towards a healthy lifestyle. Kale and Spinach have emerged as the go-to greens for its rich omega-3 fatty acid content.  These greens like salmon also help to fight inflammation.  They are believed to also be rich in magnesium which impacts brain function and mood.  At Esseplore, we have a very tempting spinach offering curated by our very own Umami Chefs.  Once again, we are left with jaw-drop like awe with the perfectly cooked healthy butter spinach.  A simple recipe that tops the charts with nutritive value.  Our chefs make it with only fresh, young, and tender spinach leaves. It’s also a great way to keep the calories at bay.

  • Beans and lentils

Rich in fibre, it is the perfect plant-based protein, as beans and lentils are packed with good nutrients. It is also regarded as an excellent source of B vitamins, which increase levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, all of which play a significant role in regulating mood. B vitamins are quite versatile in their role and are believed to help communication between nerve cells through nerve signalling. Low levels of B12 and folate are linked to mood disorders and depression. At Esseplore, we offer a variety of beans and lentils to accompany your meals.  From crunchy to soft, you can have it your way.  We are here to please and to make you happy, not just on Mondays, but every day of the week and for every meal.

‘Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.’ – Auguste Escoffier

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Sherral Joseph

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