Struck down by the winter blues? Seasonal affective disorder is a phenomenon that can quickly take hold when the cold closes in, and it’s believed to be caused by a reduction in sunlight during the winter months.
If you’re feeling bleak or just sick of the chilly weather, the good news is that eating a healthy and delicious diet is one of the best ways to ward off seasonal mental health issues.
Try these four mood-boosting Butcher and the Farmer dishes to help you fight off SAD with your fork.
Crispy skin salmon
Salmon is chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been praised for their health benefits, including their potential mood-boosting properties. In fact, a study from the University of Pittsburgh found that people with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to experience moderate or mild symptoms of depression.
On the Butcher and the Farmer Tramsheds dinner menu, you’ll find our signature crispy skin salmon sourced from local providores and served up with creamy white bean and coriander puree, balsamic beets, fried bread and a hint of dill.
Grass-fed rump eye
Aside from being delicious, lean proteins like rump steak are great for fighting off the winter blues, as they’re high in amino acids. Amino acids are needed for vital processes like the building of proteins and synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters, and they’ve also been shown to have mood-boosting properties.
At Butcher and the Farmer, our rump eye steak is grass-fed, which means it’s relatively lean and has an excellent depth of flavour. Have your steak prepared perfectly to your liking on the grill, and choose from mushroom, peppercorn or chimichurri sauce.
Artisan cheese board
It’s theorised that a lack of vitamin D is one of the major culprits of seasonal affective disorder. Normally, we get most of our vitamin D through sunlight, but it’s also present in foods like eggs, fish and cheese. So, if you’re feeling low, it could be due to low vitamin D levels – and that calls for chowing down on some delicious cheese, stat.
Our artisan cheese board includes a selection of locally-sourced cheeses served by the slice, and accompanied by crisp fruit bread, currant paste and pickled pear. Bon appétit!
Earl grey and chocolate
Chocolate has developed a reputation for being the go-to treat to combat a low mood, and as it turns out, that reputation is backed by science. One study found that a small amount of chocolate consumed every day led to significantly improved mood, which researchers linked with a high polyphenol (antioxidant) content.
So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself to Butcher and the Farmer and indulge in our rich and decadent earl grey and chocolate dessert, served with a dollop of creamy vanilla bean mascarpone. Doctor’s orders.
Leave those winter blues by the wayside with a mood-boosting visit to Butcher and the Farmer. Book a table online.