Ever find yourself reaching for the ice-cream and potato chips when you’re stressed? Tempting a it might be, they’re not just detrimental to your waistline but also your health on the long run! Here are the edible stress-busters that are also kind to your waistline that you can reach for instead.
These little power-packed fruits are full of B vitamins which are proven stress-relievers. Not just that though, they’re also packed with monounsaturated fats and fiber, both of which help keep you full. The delish creamy texture makes it a perfect alternative for butter so spread it on toasted wholemeal bread and munch your stress away.
In the mood for something sweet? Go with chocolate milk! Chocolate has been found to improve mood by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, and chocolate milk has potassium, which helps relieve muscle spasms if you’re dealing with physical stressors. Just make sure you get one with a low-fat tag and you slurp to your heart’s content.
This carb-rich food has a low glycemic index, which can lead to holding on to serotonin levels, which in turn help level out your mood. But make sure you go for the lightly salted (or unsalted) alternatives as the popcorn lathered with sugar, salt, and oil that you get at the theatres completely cancel out its goodness.
Need a sugar fix? Go with a low-calorie fruit like raspberry. Not only is it healthy way to get your sugar fix, raspberries is also full of stress-busting antioxidants and immune system-boosting vitamin C. If you want a more substantial snack tossing the fruit in nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt. It’s just as tasty and twice as healthy for your stress levels and waistline.
Foods rich in protein like turkey and tuna are packed with amino acids called Tyrosine which has been proven to boost levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. These will help you feel more alert and makes it easier for your brain to concentrate. So if you’re feeling a little frazzled, grab a turkey sandwich and push ahead!