Guilt-Free Boosts for Blues
Story by Janna Khoo | Photos by Sherilyn Chong & Lucia Goh
Be it stuffing your face with pizza or gorging yourself on ice cream, most of us are familiar with the concept of “comfort food”. After a long week at school or work, or perhaps just a tiring day, it’s nice to plonk yourself down on the sofa with your favourite titbits and unwind with a book or catch up on your favourite shows.
What most people don’t know, however, is that there is a sort of psychology behind it. Whether consumed with the intention of comfort or not, comfort foods are “designed” to relieve us emotionally.
Though there is no fixed list as to what falls under the umbrella of comfort food, they can be identified by their high calorie levels and simplicity in preparation. Especially if they hold sentimental value to you.
If this sounds like something you may need at the moment, here are some comfort food that may very well be the remedy for the restless feeling stirring within your soul.
Mac & cheese
Savoury cheese melted over macaroni, topped off with anything of your choice. Perfect to have on a rainy day, this treat may just hit you with a wave of nostalgia. The taste of familiarity stemming from your younger days may bring you more joy than you think.
Akin to a sinfully large slice of bread, bearing all your favourite ingredients, pizza is perfect when the need to stuff yourself silly arises. Whether healthy or greasy, this large treat may quell the feeling of loneliness looming within.
Coming in a gazillion different flavours all across the globe, there is definitely something for everyone, thus finding someone who dislikes this cold dessert rare. Although we believe ice cream is good for the soul, we do not recommend polishing off an entire tub by yourself in one sitting.
Nothing screams guilty pleasure more than a three-minute-to-cook cup of instant noodles. Existing more out of convenience than anything, this pre-made meal which exists in a wide array of flavours, is cheap and delicious. Ideal for an utterly lazy day in.