Ahhh stress. It’s something we all deal with at some point in our lives. For me, I’m no stranger to stress. I have chronic pain so I battle it and anxiety on a daily basis. If you are under a lot of stress, certain foods can help. Thankfully these are all foods that I enjoy and try to include in my diet on a regular basis.
Here’s five foods (and a few recipes) that are good to eat when you are feeling stressed!
Salmon contains a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids (aka essential fatty acids) which we cannot produce on our own and our only source is our diet. They help to improve our brain and nerve function so you can better handle those days when people are “getting on your last nerve”. I eat salmon at least once a week. Normally, I use bake my fillets in the oven sometimes with just a squeeze of lemon juice on top. You could also try these recipes for Cedar Planked Teriyaki Salmon, Salmon BLT, Smothered Cajun Salmon, or Mister Zees Favorite Salmon Marinade.
Avocado are thick, rich and creamy and are a healthier option to choose when you get those stress munchies. They are also loaded with B vitamins which you need to keep your nerves healthy. Your body needs these B vitamins especially during times of stress because they are quickly depleted. I remember having to go for shots of B vitamins a few years ago. Eating foods high in B vitamins is much more pleasant than getting a needle in your arm!
My favourite way to eat avocados is guacamole! I could eat it right out of a bowl because it’s so good! These guacamole recipes look delicious: Easy Guacamole and Bacon Ranch Guacamole. This Avocado Smoothie looks like it’s sweet and creamy.
Photo Credit: Easy Guacamole by Around My Family Table
The first nutrient that comes to mind when I think about bananas is Potassium. I remember a few years ago I was feeling faint and dizzy and I had blood work done. It turned out I had low potassium. My doctor’s recommendation was eat bananas! He said they were a better source than taking a supplement. We need potassium to help protect us from the symptoms of stress. Just like B vitamins, it’s quickly depleted when our body is stressed.
Besides grabbing a banana for a quick snack, there’s some delicious recipes that you can try to incorporate more bananas into your diet. Try Banana Muffins or Banana Spice Cookies.
Skip the chips and grab some raw almonds! I looooove almonds and I eat them quite often. Almonds are full of good stuff like Vitamin E and as well as Magnesium and Zinc. Magnesium is very important for proper nerve function and the production of the “happy” chemicals in your brain. Do you ever have a a muscle spasm in your eyelid? The recommendation there is to add magnesium to your diet! I get those annoying spasms when I’m really stressed out.
One of my favourite ways to eat asparagus is steamed and then topped with some melted butter. It is full of folic acid which I know is very important for pregnant women, but it also plays a role in how our bodies handle stress. Folic acid helps to stabilize moods and keep you feeling less anxious and sad. Check out these asparagus recipes: Ham, Asparagus & Tomato Frittata, Hollandaise Sauce Served over Asparagus, Ham and Poached Eggs and Asparagus & Parmesan Pastries.
What do you eat when you are feeling stressed?