1. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be particularly stress-reducing because they can satisfy the urge you get for carbohydrates and sweets when you are under a great deal of stress. They are packed full of beta-carotene and other vitamins, and the fiber helps your body to process the carbohydrates in a slow and steady manner.
2. Oily Fish
Oily fish, including mackerel, anchovies, salmon, trout, and sardines, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help with brain function, heart health, and how we cope with stress. Oily fish also contain B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium that help reduce sugar-addiction cycles and counteract the damaging effects of stress on the body.
3. Almonds, Pistachios & Walnuts
Almonds are packed with B and E vitamins, which help boost your immune system, and walnuts and pistachios help lower blood pressure.
Before Europeans added sugar to chocolate, the bitter cocoa bean was celebrated by the Aztecs for its health-giving properties (its Latin name theobroma even means ‘food of the gods’). Research has shown that 40g of dark chocolate a day can help us cope with stress by releasing ‘happy chemicals’ known as beta endorphins in the brain.
When it comes to a treat, dark chocolate can be a good snack choice to stave off cravings for less healthy choices, while providing a much-needed energy boost without the agitating effects of caffeine. It’s also higher antioxidants than usual roasted beans.
5. Low fat or skim milk
Milk is very high in calcium and B vitamins, which help to build your bones and protect nerve health. It is also high in protein, and protein also helps blood sugar to stay stabilized. Try mixing some milk, a sweetener and some frozen blueberries in the blender for a healthy pick-me-up that is super good for you, and an excellent alternative to ice cream!
[Compiled by Angel for Diary of a Believing Girl]