As if you needed an excuse, eating just a small serving of chocolate each day has been linked to improving symptoms of depression and lower body-mass-index (BMI). The cocoa can also boost your levels of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps you de-stress and feel happier.Keep calm and munch on these anxiety-easing eats.
BANANAS WITH ALMOND BUTTER
The B-vitamins in bananas, like folate and vitamin B6, are key to the production of serotonin, which can help improve your mood and reduce anxiety. For an extra stress-busting boost, top bananas with almond, peanut, or cashew butter. Because nuts are rich in magnesium and zinc, they can make it easier for the body to eliminate both physical and emotional stress.
SALMON WITH SPINACH AND TOASTED PINE NUTS
To keep stress levels low, aim to eat salmon or tuna at least twice a week. The omega-3’s found in fatty fish have been linked to reducing the risk of depression and symptoms of anxiety. Bonus: Adding iron and magnesium-packed spinach and pine nuts improves oxygen flow to your cells and aids in muscle contraction — everything you need to feel more energized when you’re in a slump.
EDAMAME WITH FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON
An excellent choice when your afternoon cravings hit, this smart snack is a filling combo of fiber and protein. But thanks to the magnesium-packed soy beans and vitamin C in the lemons, it can also boost and regulate your mood. Try topping a cup with cayenne pepper and a pinch of sea salt for a tasty snack.
Source: Good Housekeeping | Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN