When you are restless or having a day when nothing seems to be going your way and you reach out for that bar of chocolate or bag of chips. But your comfort food can add inches to your waistline. Instead of this weight gaining food go for these super foods that soothe your frayed nerves and put you in good in no time without increasing your daily calorie intake.
Stress often causes constipation. Cauliflower is high in fiber so it’s improves your digestion. So eat cauliflower to get rid of constipation which caused due to stress.
Spinach and other green veggies are rich in vitamins A, C, E and minerals like manganese. Iron in the greens increase your brain power and helping you to deal with stress and vitamin C decrease stress related hormones.
Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C. it contains useful antioxidants that helps you to manage everyday stress.
Bell peppers are good source of dietary fiber. If you are feeling all irritable and harrowed, you should eat bell peppers.
Mushrooms are rich in vitamin C that increases vitality. So if you feel emotional, physiological or psychological stress then you need a handful of mushrooms to give much needed boost to your system. You can take a soup or a stir fry to calm yourself.
Beetroot are rich in vitamin C and iron and it’s also helps to lower blood pressure. So if you feel the frustration, it is good idea to munch on some beetroot and you might just flare up.
Carrots contain great source of beta carotene and powerful antioxidant which boost your immune system. You can also steam, roast or stir fry them.
Papayas are rich in vitamins A, C and folate which increase your energy levels. It also decreases cell damage caused by stress.
Strawberries contains phytonutrients compound that helps to fight stress related inflammation. Add chopped strawberries in cup of yogurt to boost up your mood.
Coconut water is instant energy booster. Coconut water loaded with minerals like potassium and magnesium. It also helps you to deal with a situation better.
Sardines are rich in Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which perform as mood stabilizers. Add sardines, tuna or salmon to your meal to feel good.
Pulses like red kidney beans and green gram contain dopamine which makes you alert. So you can deal with stressful situation with less effort. Green mung khichdi might be essential food which you need during a crisis.
Pumpkin seeds contain zinc that helps lower depression and irritability. It also tackles loss of appetite which caused because of stress. A handful of pumpkin seed s can become a satisfying snack without adding to your waistline.
Banana fruit is often called ‘happiness in a peel’. They are natural mood lifters because they encourage the production of biochemicals in the body. It promotes a sense of calm and helps you to relax. Banana provides us with energy to work better under stress.
Sweet potatoes are rich of dietary fibre, beta carotene and potassium. All of these protect your body from the ill effects of stress. Don’t peel the skin to get maximum benefits.
Whole grains like wheat, maize and barley are a good source of healthy carbohydrates. When you feel unhappy about something then it is great way to satisfy yourself. It gives you a filling feeling and also keeps you slim.
Cocoa is rich in magnesium which helps ease stress and perk up your mood. So indulge yourself in a cup of hot cocoa.
Herbal tea like tulsi or basil gives instant feel good feeling after a tough day. It is known to lower stress related hormones like corticosteroids and give you mental clarity.
Walnuts are rich in vitamin B, omega 3 fatty acids and magnesium which boost your memory. It reduces stress and improves your mood and also gives a boost to your metabolism.
Turmeric contains medicinal properties and also rich in antioxidants. It contains curcumin compound which restrains inflammation. To manage stress include half a teaspoon of powered turmeric in your curry every day.
Olive oil helps you simmer down better because it dials down inflammation which caused because of stress. Use a spoonful of olive oil every day in your food.
Paneer or cottage cheese is rich in calcium, protein and amino acid tryptophan. It improves your serotonin and endorphin levels. Add some crumbled cottage cheese with handful of berries or pineapple as a snack.
Eggs are rich in vitamins like E and A, minerals like zinc, selenium and good fat. it protect your body from pain and making it more bearable.
Fresh organic chicken is rich in protein and amino acids. They fight off fatigue and weakness and act as a support to your immune system.
Red wine contains antioxidants that help you feel calm and avoid stress related headache. It is also good for your heart. So relax with a glass of wine after a busy day. But limit your intake to a glass or two.