Stressed spelled backwards is desserts...
BUT NOW you can END the cycle of eating bad for you and you can add these truly ANTI-STRESS FOODS to your diet!
We spend a lot of time holding the refrigerator door open looking for answers, and food is always the solution.
Unfortunately, we tend to gravitate for junk food, when we are stressed. Yet high-calorie or sugary foods only us into thinking we feel better. Whole foods have the ability to both improve our brain health and lower stress to help us feel and look better every time we eat them.
1. Kale – Your New Friend With Benefits!
This leafy green won't just make you healthier — it'll actually make you happier, too.
Options like kale, spinach, arugula, and romaine can reduce inflammation caused by stress!
Next time when you are feeling a little on edge, SKIP the fries and TRY for a salad or green juice instead!
2. Sweet Starches – Super Sweet Potato!
Sweet potatoes are LIFE. They are filled with both nutrients and a sweet flavor, as the sweet potato is one of the most versatile and healthful vegetables available.
They can definitely curb your carb craving, and if you drizzle one of these orange taters with a tablespoon of almond butter, this small treat can conquer even the most intense sweet tooth, which we all know very well that it sneaks in when stress levels increase.
3. Peanuts, Treenuts, & More!– Go Nuts for Nuts!
Vermont-based psychologist Ellen Albertson, Ph.D., R.D. told Eating Well that the B vitamins in nuts “keep our neurotransmitters in their happy place.”
Which means by adding a serving of nuts to lunch or snacking on a handful over the course of a day can keep stress levels in LOW LOW LOW and even decrease blood sugar levels, as well.
4. Bowl Of Oats – Keep Calm & Eat Oatmeal
There is nothing like a warm, soothing bowl of oatmeal to get rid of the bad vibes.
Instead of turning to sugary carbs like doughnuts and cake to ease the shift in moods, MIT research shows complex carbs, such as oats, encourage serotonin production in the brain and will not spike blood sugar levels.
5. Bananas – They are so a-PEEL-ing!
Bananas are an excellent food that will help chill you out pronto! They are a natural source of several nutrients for your health, which includes vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium.
6. Healthy Fats - AVOCADO IT UP!
While you want to steer clear of saturated fats for the most part, healthy fats like avocado are rich in vitamin B6, protein, vitamin E, and magnesium.
Because this vibrant green fruit is so nutrient-dense, just a little of the stuff can go a long way. Add to sandwiches, salads, toasts, and even smoothies to reduce stress and prevent sugary cravings throughout the day.
7. Chocolate - Go Loco for the Dark Coco
A little indulgence never hurt anybody, and rich cacao definitely does more good than harm.
Results of a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research showed that eating about a candy bar's worth of dark chocolate per day can lead to lower cortisol and reduced levels of fight-or-flight hormones. So allow yourself a little serving of the semi-sweet taste of dark chocolate the next time you're feeling antsy for a little bit of sugar and a whole lot of stress reduction.
To reap the feel-better rewards, choose chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cocoa. And remember: dark chocolate is a high-calorie food, so mind your portions.