Have a happy Blue Monday at St David's

Mon 18 Jan 2016 - posted by St David's

January is the month for healthy eating – replenishing your body with nutrients and vitamins to replace all the festive feasting. 

Blue Monday is commonly considered one of the most depressing days of the year, but it needn’t be. We bring you the top mood-boosting dishes available in the centre, which include key ingredients that will leave you feeling great – making for a far less bleak Monday! 

Jamie’s Italian

Chosen dish: Jamie’s Super food Salad - Avocado and roasted beets with beans, grains, kale, pomegranate, toasted seeds, harissa and cottage cheese.

Head Chef at Jamie's Italian Cardiff, Tommy Godfrey, said: 

"Our Jamie's Italian Super Food Salad contains lots of nutritious ingredients to give you a healthy boost and help you feel your best, so it's a real crowd-pleaser at this time of year. 

“Fennel, beetroot and broccoli contain folate which can help reduce tiredness and fatigue. Quinoa provides copper which contributes to energy-yielding metabolism, plus zinc and iron to help our cognitive and immune functions. Add free range chicken or hot smoked salmon and it just gets more delicious! 

“It's on our menu all year round and is hugely popular, but as a super-healthy option for January, it's the perfect choice".


Chosen dish: Chicken Saltimbocca £13.50 - Saltimbocca means ‘to jump in your mouth’ and this dish certainly fits the bill - chicken breast, flattened and wrapped in Parma ham, with a white wine and sage sauce. Served with rosemary & garlic roasted potatoes.

Mood-boosting food: Chicken

Chicken and Turkey breast are great additions to your salads and sandwiches as they help increase your intake of the amino acid tryptophan, which your body needs to make serotonin, which is one of the most important hormones related to mood. 

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Chosen dish: Californian Burger £8.75 - Homemade & pan-fried bean patty, mature Cheddar, avocado, harissa mayo, crispy onions, relish, salad.

Mood-boosting food: Beans

Beans, especially Black Beans, are an amazing source of protein, without any of the saturated fat found in meat. They’re a great source of fibre and energy-boosting iron to put a spring back in your step. Plus, you can have an extra-healthy burger by choosing it without the bun.

Current offer: 2 burgers for £10

Pizza Express:

Chosen dish: Leggera Superfood Salad, £9.95 - High in nutrients but low in calories. Baby spinach and seasonal mixed leaves, Tenderstem broccoli, beetroot, light mozzarella, avocado, pine kernels, red onions, cucumber, lentils and fresh basil, finished with their light house dressing

Mood boosting food: Lentils

Lentils are complex carbohydrates, so not only do they help the body produce feel-good serotonin, they also make you feel fuller for longer and keep your sugar levels even. Perfect for avoiding the post-lunch energy crash.


Chosen dish: Banana Katsu, £4.95 -Banana in panko breadcrumbs with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream.

Mood boosting food: Banana

Bananas are rich in the amino acid tryptophan and vitamin B6, which both help the body make serotonin to improve your mood and sleep. Bananas are also a great source of potassium, fibre and vitamin C, which makes up for the scoop of ice cream!


Chosen dish: Mexico City style salmon sashimi £4.75 sustainably sourced raw salmon, marinated in fresh lime & tamari with avocado & chipotle mayo, it really is divine.

Mood-boosting food: Salmon

Salmon and other oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to healthy brain function. They’re also great to keep your joints and heart in tip-top condition.

Chosen dish: Honeycomb chocolate bites £3.75 

Dark chocolate studded with honeycomb, raisins, roasted peanuts and a hint of pasilla

Mood-boosting food: Dark chocolate

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Consuming dark chocolate causes the release of endorphins and serotonin to improve mood and it is a great source of anti-oxidants.


Super Tomato, Chickpea and Spinach Soup, £2.50

A chunky tomato-based soup with spinach, celery, red pepper and chickpeas finished with hot red pepper sauce.

Mood boosting food: Spinach

Spinach contains energy-boosting iron, which plays a central role in oxygen transportation and red blood cell function. Spinach also contains B vitamins to help maintain mood and Vitamin K for bone health.

Current offer: Buy One Get One Half Price Soups 

Pret a Manger:

Chosen dish: Five Grain Porridge, £2 - Made with organic British quinoa, amaranth, flax seeds, whole oats and organic coconut water. It’s naturally creamy (never gloopy), dairy-free and made with no gluten ingredients.

Mood boosting food: Oats

Oats contain complex carbohydrates to release energy slowly into the bloodstream, hence eliminating spikes in blood sugar and keeping mood stable. It also contains magnesium which is essential for enzyme production and energy production.

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