Foods that De-Stress

There are a host of certain foods that are particularly powerful for boosting good mood and strengthening the immune system.  Foods that contain vitamin B help the body produce serotonin–the brain chemical that makes you feel upbeat, happier.  Good food can really be  good medicine.

These are some of my favorites:

  • A handful of raisins or dates, mixed with some almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, are rich in fiber, protein, and minerals, including selenium, which can help decrease irritability.  The nuts are high in fat, though, so just a handful is all you need.
  • Black beans provide a big boost of iron which is also helpful formood levels.  Try adding it to soups or toss them into a salad with turkey strips.  Combine the beans with vitamin C for better absorption of the iron, so include some broccoli, red pepper strips, spinach!
  • And adding in some chopped spinach to your sandwich, wraps, soup, even finely chopped up and added to mashed potatoes provides folate- for the body–another B vitamin.  Aim for getting about 2 cups at a time  on a regular basis.  How about daily?
  • Guacomole–the avocado spread–has loads of B.  Have some whole-grain baked chips with it.  If you’re not into mashing it up yourself, try the best tasting and healthiest one in the grocery store  ( usually parked right in the fresh produce isle) called  “Wholley Guacomole.”‘
  • I don’t think there’s anything more soothing than a cup of chai tea–the spiciness it gets from cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardoman increases focus and clarity and simply smelling it makes me feel better.  You can make your own blend of milk, black or green tea with spices and a bit of honey to sweeten, or just brew your own favorite cup of tea and stir in some cinnamon.

Hope you enjoy!

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