At first I thought what a silly idea to pick Monday as save-the-world-day by encouraging people to go meatless. I mean, Mondays are traditionally blue, meaning we’re already not feeling in the mood for what lies ahead after Sundays. But when the second thought arrived months later (it’s an age thing, Miranda – it’s going to happen to you too …), I realized it’s quite clever to pick on Mondays because it holds the potential to alleviate that moody Blue Monday syndrome by steering us into the veggie direction … in case you wake up over the moon and never experience a blue Monday mood, let me explain: it’s that sinking feeling most of us get after a weekend of chillaxing or thrill-outing without a care in the world when the alarm rings in the dark next to your bed and spitefully and urgently reminds us of you-know-what? It’s a feeling that can become a full blown bad mood by the time we leave the loo on a Monday morning.. !
Well people, if you suffer from blue Mondays, cheer up. Apparently spinach can help to put the smiles back on our dials. It’s because spinach (and other dark green leafy vegetables) offers us the nutrient folate and if we have sufficient levels of that little mamma’s helper, then we are A for away in the mood department. Lentils and citrus fruits are also bearers of the nutrient and it’s especially beneficial for pregnant mums as it reduces the risks of neural tube defects.
How much of the stuff we should eat, I don’t know but for me and my meatless Monday it’s good enough to know we should eat spinach to improve the blues. I suppose the amount really depends on the shade of blue you’re feeling which can range from baby blue to midnight blue. When the mood gets midnight blue I suggest also chomping your way through a heap of fresh basil leaves. It’s a great anti-depressant and will bring on the smile in no time.
But seriously, certain foods affect our brain function while others are grouped together in its own food group. We call them Comfort Foods – not necessarily good for us, but when we are down in the dumps we usually don’t care about the list of nutrient distinctions in our food, as long as it makes us feel better.
Now in my book on a day like today a happy, crisp and colourful spinach salad will push me deeper into the shades of blue. We have had a power failure and it just came on a minute ago and dependent as we are on power, I had to sit and feel sorry for myself without any comfort food because comfort food is usually also warm. And brown, like. Like meat balls in tomato sauce. Like chocolate brownies. Like Lam Bobotie. Like Malva Pudding. Like Beef Lasagne. Like we carnivores love it … every second meal contains meat…
Anyway, back to my spinach promotion: here is my suggestion for today. It’s a Spinach & Mushroom Roulade. It requires hardly any skill but a little effort – but it’s just the creamy, dreamy morsel to lift the mood. Start with a creamy tomato soup with crispy parmesan croutons if you have a healthy appetite. This is delicious winter mood food, just the sort of thing on this blue Monday. If you – after all my hard selling it to you – still not feel up to a little cooking, then go a detox today. A liquid diet is perfect so reach for the Old Brown Sherry. It is cold, miserable, very windy and just sort-of-wet outside. Bad combinations.
Blue Monday mood? Me? Nah! Pass me the OBS, please.
Spinach Roulade with Walnut-Mushroom Filling
Click here for the recipe, seriously its good!
Sarie, no blog tomorrow. Will be in JHB for a few hours … so until Wednesday dears! XXX