Eat To Beat Anxiety

It's a busy time of year with organizing camp, attending graduations, making family plans, and adjusting work schedules. Below are some great foods to keep on hand and add to your every day menu to avoid becoming anxious.

Avocados - This favorite provides an excellent boost of vitamin B6 and folic acid both which have shown to reduce stress by helping the nervous system. That's not all! Avocados are also full of potassium which regulates blood sugar and prevents muscle cramps. Get this, a whole medium banana has 422 mg while a an avocado has 975 mg of potassium! Time for a serving of guacamole!

Salmon - By now you know salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids. Did you know omega 3s are a natural mood booster? It also helps protect your heart when the stress hormone cortisol is released. You want to keep your stress low and under control to avoid too much cortisol in your system which can lead to weight gain. So, relax and broil up a fillet. I love it topped with one teaspoon of sweet chili Thai sauce.

Broccoli - A vegetable that never stops impressing me. One cup of broccoli contains 2X as much vitamin C as a medium orange. Vitamin C aids in blood pressure and cortisol control. It also strengthens the immune system which can be weakened by a lot of stress. Add more broccoli to your day by sauteing it into an omelet or dipping it in hummus for an afternoon snack.

Almonds - Always on every menu I create. One serving of almonds has 20% of the daily recommended amount of magnesium for women. Magnesium, a mineral, also helps manage that pesky cortisol hormone. As well as this, studies have shown magnesium to have a calming effect which not only promotes a better mood but also better sleep. A shot glass full is one serving

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