Looking for some stress-reducing foods? Me too! It’s no secret that a significant portion of working class (and entrepreneurs like me) Americans are so. stressed. out. In fact, work stress causes approximately one million U.S. employees a day to miss work. However, many of these stressed-out and overworked people fail to realize that there are healthy ways to deal with stress, no matter how intense. There are many foods, for example, that assist in lowering stress levels naturally.
There are many foods, for example, that assist in lowering stress levels naturally.
Ahhh, calm. Nice…
I’m not talking about the traditional definition of stress eating — no rich, chocolatey desserts or directions to the nearest fast food restaurant on this list. While there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence now and then, here are some healthy foods and recipes that have been proven to reduce stress.
Check out these refreshing recipes!
Broccoli, Avocado, and Lime Salad:
Nearly every green and leafy vegetable helps to reduce stress. Healthy greens like spinach and broccoli contain folate, which helps your body regenerate serotonin and dopamine. That’s why these super foods really can help reduce stress, and why this broccoli, avocado, and lime salad is a perfect stress-reducing snack. As a bonus, green veggies are also great immune system boosters, which is critical considering that Americans get approximately one billion colds every year.
Lora O’Brien writes in Eluxe Magazine, “No longer do salads dredge up imagery of wilted lettuce leaves with a few sorrowful tomatoes thrown into the mix. A salad isn’t a diet fad; it can be wholesome and nourishing whilst packing a lot of flavour.”
The recipe for this delicious and nutritious salad is available at Deliciously Ella.
Almond Pistachio ‘Soft Serve’:
Believe it or not, pistachios have been proven to reduce vascular constriction during periods of stress. This, in turn, dilates the arteries, allows your blood to flow more smoothly, and takes pressure off the heart.
This recipe from Nutritionist In The Kitch is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while lowering stress levels.
Proceed with caution, however — O’Brien warns that pistachios are highly prone to developing mold contamination.
“Pistachios are at high risk of contamination by a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin and may be bleached or fumigated during processing; choose organic pistachios and avoid those that are dyed, bleached, or show signs of decay,” she writes.
Luckily, there’s an easy solution for keeping your pistachios fresh: vacuum sealing. Vacuum sealers preserve food three to five times longer than food stored in plastic bags or containers, so they’re a worthwhile investment if you often prep meals in advance.
Cinnamon and Honey Oatmeal:
Almost everyone knows that oatmeal has a multitude of health benefits, but not many know that eating it triggers the release of the feel-good hormone serotonin. Steel cut oats have the most fiber, but you can get these benefits from any type of oats.
“Because it’s also packed with slow-to-digest fiber, it won’t cause an inconsistent spike in blood sugar levels like some other foods do. Add cinnamon (shown to ease frustration) and a teaspoon of honey (satisfies a sweet tooth and boosts immunity),” writes Aviva Patz in Women’s Health Magazine.
Ultimately, finding creative ways to incorporate these recipes and ingredients into your diet may be exactly what you need to witness a noticeable reduction in your day-to-day stress levels.
“Reducing stress is all about a balance of the correct vitamins and minerals…The good news is that there are SO many tasty, delicious and enjoyable foods out there that are not only good for you, but will allow you to reduce stress,” writes O’Brien.
Thanks for checking out these stress-reducing foods! And if you’ve ever thought about going vegan – here’s a cool article I found: Can veganism help with stress?