The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil
Healthy food is sometimes last on your list of priorities when you are under stress. The main focus is crossing everything off the to-do list and the food you place in your body is an afterthought. You write your list of things to do yet planning for meals filled with nutrients seems to fall by the wayside. Food comes to mind when we are hungry. What might be handy are several fast food joints for a quick bite to eat.
Skipping meals or eating unhealthy leads to poor nutrition. As a result, you begin to lack in many nutrients that keep you healthy and less stress signs. You might begin to notice different symptoms like difficulty focusing or lack of energy that may simply be the need for a good healthy eating lifestyle. The fact of the matter is we focus on the outside but not what’s happening on the inside of your body.
Maybe some of the stress symptoms you feel have to do with what you put in your body.
Here are five anti-stress foods you need to know about:
Quinoa is generally considered a whole grain but is actually grown for its nutrition filled seeds. Quinoa is rich in vitamin B, which has a calming effect you’re your nervous system. It can be easily cooked and used for all meals. It’s also high in protein and it a great food for energy. Quinoa also has the added bonus of being gluten-free. It is so quick to make with a bowl, boiling water and cover for 10-15 minutes. You can also cook it in the rice cooker as you are getting ready for work.
Red Bell Peppers
Red peppers might be a little pricier than other peppers but the taste and nutrition value more than make up for the cost. Seriously, red bell peppers are just fully ripened green peppers. The sweetest of all bell peppers, the red bell pepper has vitamins A and C and folate, which fuels your body and helps fix damaged cells that happen from stress.
Blueberries are packed with vitamin C as well as other antioxidants which help support a healthy immune system. They are usually available year round. I like to stock up on them during the summer months, freeze then package them for off season months. Just spread your blueberries on a cookie sheet and freeze. Make sure that they are not touching as much as possible. Once in bags or containers, you will easily be able to grab the blueberries you need for smoothies and other treats without being a frozen clump of fruit.
Sunflower seeds, the fruit of the sunflower, filled with all sorts of helpful nutrients.
They contain tryptophan, which helps in the production of serotonin, the “feel good” chemical. Sunflower seeds are also rich in vitamin B complex to help calm your nerves. These seeds are tasty used as a salad topping or as a quick snack.
Yes, I saved the best for last (I saw some of those funny faces!) All kidding aside, spinach and other leafy green vegetables are rich in magnesium, which helps you keep in a calm state. Spinach is also rich in antioxidants to help build your immune system. Add spinach to smoothies especially if you want to add more greens to your diet. That’s a wonderful way to cover up the taste of spinach and still get it’s nutrient-packed punch.
Although a sample of foods cannot alone combat stress, making healthy food choices can contribute to a happier, healthier lifestyle. Looking to change your diet? Seek counsel from your physician or dietician to help you add the foods you need to fuel your body properly. Always follow your recommended diet and ask your health care providers if these foods are right for you.