Stress, even in small doses, causes cortisol levels to rise and creates food cravings especially for carbohydrates and sweets. Both of these food groups can pack on pounds and have a negative affect on mood. Take a look at five healthy, stress reducing foods that should be in your diet.
Asparagus is not only a healthy green vegetable, but it’s high in folate, a nutrient that’s essential for reducing stress levels in your body. Whether eaten as a steamed side dish or crispy salad ingredient, asparagus is a great choice.
Oatmeal, a complex carbohydrate, triggers your brain to produce more serotonin, a chemical with antioxidants that reduce stress and make you feel good. Oatmeal also contains beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that boosts brain power.
If you love oysters, you’re already ahead. If you can learn to like them, they’re loaded with zinc. Just six oysters, a typical restaurant appetizer, packs more than half of the RDA daily requirements for zinc, an essential mineral that promotes calmness.
Raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are loaded with vitamin C which is helpful in combating stress. Blueberries not only contain vitamin C, but they’re loaded with high levels of anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant linked to many positive health effects.
Healthy and high in protein, nuts make a great snack. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that helps prevent memory loss. Cashews are high in zinc, a calming mineral not stored by the body. Low zinc levels have been linked to both anxiety and depression.
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