This post is contributed by Jessica Swift, a Registered Dietician in Washington DC. Chef Jess is an experienced chef with a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences. She provides her expertise to many individuals, groups and corporate settings in the Washington DC area.
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Yes, you can eat away your stress with stress reducing foods! According to research there are plenty of tasty foods out there that will help you relieve your stress. So the next time you’re stuck in traffic, the boss is riding you about your latest project or the kids are running wild, just grab a big ol’ bowl of ﾠlutein, zea-xanthin, carotenes, and crypto-xanthins! In layman’s terms you could just grab some asparagus, wouldn’t want to stress you out too much while reading this :-).
Best Stress Reducing Foods:
Contain many B vitamins and folic acid. These minerals are necessary when producing the ‘good mood’ chemical in your body, called serotonin. This is the chemical where happy feelings come from.
This fruit is filled with vitamin C, which has been proven to reduce your stress level.
That salmon roll will definitely help! It is packed with anti-stress elements such as magnesium. Tip: try your next roll with brown rice instead of white to boost up your complex carbohydrate intake.
Containing more potassium than a banana! Combine this with its healthy fat content and you got one stress reducing power house!
On the flipside there are foods that you should watch out for. Be mindful of alcohol, highly caffeinated foods, and processed foods; these items can be a real drag and actually add stress to your body.
Enjoy this quick, easy, stress-reducing recipe!
Nutrition per serving:
Saturated fat: 0.7g
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Stress Reducing Foods!
Chef Jess is an experienced chef with a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences. She provides her expertise to many individuals, groups and corporate settings in the Washington DC area.
- 1 bunch fresh asparagus, stems trimmed
- 1 large orange, (or other citrus fruit) sliced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- sea salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Preheat ovent to 400*F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine asparagus wtih all ingredients in a large bowl, making sure the asparagus is covered with the juice from the oranges and the seasonings are distributed evenly.
- Lay asparagus on the prepared baking sheet.
- Place in oven and roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until just tender.
- Divide equally amongst four serving plates and enjoy!