When you’re stressed, you may start to hear the siren call of ice cream, French fries, and potato chips. But tempting as it may be to reach for these foods, there are better choices that will actually help relieve anxiety—and won’t have a detrimental effect on your waistline.
Avocados are packed with B vitamins (proven stress-relievers), as well as monounsaturated fats and fiber, both of which help keep you full, says Gans. She recommends whipping up some homemade guacamole (but sticking to the suggested two-tablespoon serving size) and eating it with black bean chips. Alternatively, you could also just take half the fruit, add a squeeze of lime on top, and eat it with a spoon. Since avocado’s so creamy, it can actually satisfy ice cream cravings, says Gans.
Having plenty of antioxidants, raspberries are an awesome low-calorie snack, which can balance the level of sweetness and sugar in your body. Higher contents of vitamin C will further boost your immunity too. Raspberries are considered good for relieving stress and anxiety. Eat as a snack or for breakfast when tossed in a bowl of fresh yogurt.
This fiber-packed food will keep you full and give you an instant lift to overcome stress. “Oatmeal helps with the production of serotonin, which is the feel-good chemical in our bodies,” says Gans. Use nonfat milk to make it (you’ll get extra protein and calcium), and mix in almond butter for added fiber and protein.
Green tea contains theanine, an amino acid which not only protects your body from cancer,but also act as slimming agent for the body. It improves the functionality of your brain to help combat stress and helps keep your waistline down.
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