Thursday, 30 July 2015

Happiest Airport!

Gatwick has become the first airport in the world to introduce a happiness guide on restaurant menus.

.Restaurants in the airport will highlight the most mood-boosting meals in July and August 2015, to help passengers arrive at their destination full of holiday spirit.

Eight of the airport’s most popular eateries - including Frankie & Benny's, Giraffe, and Yo! Sushi – will feature yellow happy face emoji icons beside dishes selected by nutritionist Jo Travers, containing ingredients widely recognised as natural serotonin boosters.
She said:
“Happiness is a complex thing, but there are certain foods you can eat that will help the ‘happy’ chemicals in your brain to keep flowing.”

Top 10 happy dishes available at London Gatwick:

·         Garfunkel’s House salad - This house salad is full of B vitamins, which are necessary for helping to regulate brain function and prevent fluctuations in our emotions.  

·         Frankie & Benny’s Salmon citrus salad - The omega 3 fats are combined with the B vitamins found in the citrus fruit. These B Vitamins are essential for making new, healthy brain cells

·         Frankie & Benny’s Breakfast of Porridge & banana - Bananas and whole grains like oats also contain serotonin, which in the brain is a key neurotransmitter that holds a major role in determining our mood and contributing to our happiness.

·         Giraffe California sushi salad - Rice contains a good amount of slow-release or ‘low-GI’ carbohydrates to fuel your brain and increase blood sugar gradually. This combined with the protein from the fish helps to lower the glycaemic load and provide a steady feed of glucose to fuel our brains.

·         Garfunkles            Smoked Salmon & Scrambled eggs - Salmon is a super source of omega 3 fats. The egg yolks from the scrambled eggs are high in choline, a key nutrient required to make brain cell membranes and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which helps signalling between memory-supporting neurons.

·         Comptoir Falafel & Fattoush Salad - Falafel contains a good amount of slow release, low-GI carbohydrates, something that is great for preventing fluctuations in blood sugar levels and regulating our emotions.

·         Armadillo Santa Fe style tuna - The Tuna in this salad is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 essential fats are key constituents of brain cells. Without them, the brain makes do with less appropriate fats which can make us more likely to experience mood swings, memory loss and feelings of depression.

·         Wonder Tree Good Morning Wake Up - There are plenty of B vitamins in this smoothies stemming from the pineapple, pear, banana, papaya and orange juice.  The banana is a particular source of serotonin and the B vitamin pyridoxine, which helps your body make serotonin from tryptophan.

·         Yo Sushi Albacore Tuna &Truffle Ponzu - Fresh tuna is a fantastic source of omega 3 an essential fatty acid that can’t be made in the body, which is a key ingredient for making the outer membrane of brain cells..

·         Caviar House King Crab Kamchatka & Caviar - The King crab and the caviar in this dish both give a good dose of omega 3 essential fats for proper brain cell structure and therefore proper brain cell function.

Top 10 ingredients that can make you happy:

  1. Salmon
  2. Tuna
  3. Bananas
  4. Oats
  5. Citrus fruit
  6. Spinach & Kale
  7. Sesame seeds
  8. Green tea
  9. Chickpeas
  10. Soy and soy products like miso


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