My Favourite Stress Busting Snacks

Blueberries are extremely high in vitamin C and high in fiber. Vitamin C is important to helping our body reduce tension, while fiber helps to regulate our blood sugar levels. Drastic changes in our blood sugar can cause us to have mood swings, which may contribute to anxiety.  I add a handful of blueberries to my Morning Glory Oatmeal every morning and have oatmeal as a snack especially before a workout. Have you tried my oatmeal recipe yet?

Green Salad containing Spinach, kale, broccoli, kale and other dark green vegetables are great stress reducing foods. They are packed with vitamins that nourish our bodies. They are also high in potassium, which is especially good for calming our nerves. Like blueberries, these are also high in fiber, which not only controls blood sugar but aids in digestion.  I have a salad a day. Whether it be part of my lunch or dinner or just a snack. Try my Pralines Salad you'll be happy you did. 

Oranges contain high amounts of Vitamin C which helps to reduce tension and stabilize blood pressure, but also helps to boost our immune system, which can suffer under stressful situations. Go for the whole orange as opposed to orange juice. A whole fruit will provide you with the dietary fiber you need to give you sustained energy levels. Fruit juice on the other hand will spike in blood sugar giving you a quick boost of energy followed by a crash. 

Sweet potatoes Chips satisfy those of us who crave carbohydrates, while also satisfying one's sweet tooth. They are rich with beta-carotene and other vitamins, and again, the fiber helps your body process the sugar and carbs more slowly. You can easily make your own or buy ready-made ones. 
I like Terra They also make a killer beet chip as well!

Can of Tuna Fish is high in omega-3 essential fatty acids protect against heart disease, keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from peaking. Go for tuna packed in olive oil for extra omega-3. 
My favourite Clover Leaf Solid Light Tuna - Yellowfin in Olive Oil because is contains 19 grams of protein in one can.

Turkey Slices contains an amino acid called L-Tryptophan, which releases serotonin - a feel-good chemical - into our systems. L-Tryptophan has been proven to provide a calming and relaxing effect. Try to avoid cold cuts which contain nitrite/nitrates and sulfates. You can read more about the effects of Food Additives here: Food Additives to Avoid I have bought the natural cold-cuts in specialty shops up until Maple Leaf released their Natural Selections. It tastes just as good, contains no preservatives and is cheaper by 50% on most brands.  

Apricots are rich in magnesium, Vitamin C and fiber. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, which can help reduce tension in our muscles. Include some in your post-workout to lessen muscle soreness. This time of year you won't find apricots in your supermarket. Go for dried unsulphured apricots. The unsulphured kind are brown whereas the sulphured are bright orange.

Almonds, Pistachios and Walnuts are great stress reducing foods. Almonds, specifically, are loaded with both Vitamins B and E - known to boost your immune system, and walnuts and pistachios help reduce tension and lower blood pressure. 

Avocados provide a healthful dose of monounsaturated fat and potassium, which help reduce tension and lower blood pressure. Believe it or not avocados have more potassium than bananas. My favourite way to enjoy an avocado is making my own guacamole than purchasing store-bought. Recently I was lured in by the Mad Mexican with their unique packaging. The guacamole was fabulous! Completely natural, no additives and fresh. You can find the Mad Mexican  in such retailers as Rowe Farms, Loblaws and specialty shops.   

The information presented here is not intended to replace professional medical care when needed. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner for disease diagnosis, therapy choice, medicine selection and dosage. 


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