5 Super Stress-Busting Foods (Slideshow)

Foods to help you take it easier

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Let food by thy medicine — and thy stress-buster too. These super foods help your body better withstand life’s daily stresses. Find related recipes, including salmon and warm cannellini bean saladAsian-seasoned mustard greenssweet potato hummus, and berry vanilla banana smoothie.


Foods to help you take it easier
  • Blueberries: Antioxidant powerhouses

    Blueberries are high in a pigment called anthocyanins. Experts say this antioxidant helps calm your nerves and stabilizes your blood-sugar levels for more stable energy throughout the day. These little beauties make a delicious snack. They are especially good in warm oatmeal.
  • Lettuce: Praise green leafy veggies

    Dark green leafy vegetables are high in dietary fiber and help stabilize your energy levels. Kale, spinach, collard greens, green leaf and romaine lettuce, broccoli and turnip greens are all good choices. They are also low in calories and a friend to anyone watching their waistline.
  • Sweet potato: Beat sugar cravings

    When we stress, our sweet tooth may get the best of us. Instead of grabbing a cookie or a slice of cake, try some roasted sweet potatoes sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with honey. Not only will this calm your cravings, but it will give your body important nutrients, such as vitamin A .
  • Fish: Serotonin stabilizer

    If you have had a stressful day, try some grilled fish for dinner. Experts say that various types of fish, including salmon, help to stabilize serotonin levels in your body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to relay messages from one area of the brain to another. When levels are balanced, this assists in managing stress.
  • Vitamin C: Stress-beating vitamin

    When your stress level goes up, your vitamin C level comes down. To help raise a low C-level, eat fruits like oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, cantaloupe and pineapple, and vegetables like broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and squash. What a delicious way to fight stress.

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Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian and Outpatient Nutrition Manager in the Center for Human Nutrition.
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