1. Dark chocolate
But of course. Dark chocolate elevates endorphin and serotonin levels – the two ‘happy’ hormones produced in our brains. A bar of 70% Lindt is pretty affordable around here (I say this because one bar lasts pretty long for myself), or try Meiji.
2. Healthy carbohydrates and whole grains
Opt for whole grain cereal that’s low in sugar. Or wholemeal bread. Or brown rice. Complex carbohydrates release glucose slowly into your bloodstream and brain which helps your brain function over long periods of time–plus, their are rich in vitamins and selenium which helps lift your mood.
Extra note: Now, whole grains are hard to find when you eat out in Singapore. But it’s alright to eat that white rice — as long as it’s in moderation, and as long as you’re eating it along with other fibre-rich foods to slow sugar absorption into your bloodstream.
Bright, sunny, and funky yellow bananas — available all year round in abundance. Its potent combination of vitamins B6, A, C, and tryptophan triggers your mood. Try blending frozen bananas. It’s heavenly.
4. Sunflower seeds
Rich in folate and magnesium, two substances which regulates and boosts mood. Walnuts work, too. But walnuts are not as wallet-friendly as these!
5. Green tea
Green tea is known to be rich in antioxidants and L-theanine, an amino acid which improves mood and reduces stress. Remember, bottled sweetened teas don’t cut it — but if you really must, opt for Ayataka Green Tea instead. It’ll be great to pair them with local food!