Do you ever find yourself feeling so stressed out that you reach for the most convenient snack? I think we can all admit that we’ve done that before! The good news is that there are many healthy foods to turn to, that can help reduce stress. Before you reach for fast food or a bag of chips, consider these nutritious alternatives to reduce stress levels.
Nuts – According to WebMD, almonds have Vitamin E to help keep your immune system working great and B vitamins to fight stress. If you are feeling stressed out, pack a small bag of almonds to snack on during the day. Another nut that can reduce stress is the pistachio. Pistachios are filled with healthy fats and can fight off stress symptoms.
Oranges – Oranges are high in Vitamin C, which can restrain stress hormones. In addition, oranges also strengthen your immune system. Before a stressful day, peel an orange for breakfast or make an orange smoothie to set a positive tone. Oranges can also give you an energy boost, so eat one for an afternoon snack.
Black tea – According to WebMD, one study shows that tea drinkers feel calmer and have lower levels of stress after a stressful situation. Drink a cup of black tea in the morning, and after a few weeks you, will feel more calm and relaxed. It’s also a much healthier alternative to morning coffee.
Spinach – Although spinach is not always the tastiest vegetable, a handful of it added to your salad can reduce stress. When our bodies do not have enough magnesium, we become fatigued and are prone to headaches, which can make us feel even more stressed out. Spinach contains high levels of magnesium to help combat stress.
A little dark chocolate – Do you have a sweet tooth with chocolate cravings? The sugar in dark chocolate can help reduce stress hormones by releasing serotonin, which can boost your mood. Just make sure to watch how much chocolate you are eating. Try choosing a single serving of dark chocolate. Break off a small square of Hershey’s dark chocolate to indulge in after dinner – it serve as a stress reliever and satiate your sweet tooth.
The next time you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, try choosing healthier foods. Not only will these selections help reduce your stress levels but they can also be tasty. Your body will thank you!
Note that in addition to eating healthy, it is important to remain active. Even if you have a busy schedule, take some time out of your day to take a walk and get some fresh air. Spending some time outdoors will help you breathe easier and relax, as you take on the rest of your day. After combining healthier foods and a little exercise, you will feel a lot better and your stress levels will decrease.
Written by: Marie Cash as a current journalism student at the University of Northern Colorado, Marie enjoys reading and writing. She loves to spend her time cooking and baking new recipes for her food blog, and she is an entertainment fanatic, in which she watches various television shows and loves to discover new music. Marie has a Spanish minor and enjoys learning about Spanish culture. She has a twin sister and wants to own a corgi someday.