stress relief foods

Stress seems to be something that everyone experiences at some point in their life. It could be work related, family life, a test or becoming a new parent. Hey, even the holidays can be stressful for some.

No matter what your issues are, stress is sure to follow and cause you to slow down and feel the effects.

How you handle your stress is different for many people. Some will use medications, and others will handle it with exercise. But if you’re looking for a quick fix, here are some great healthy snacks to try.


Have you ever noticed that once you take a bite of your favorite candy bar, all your troubles suddenly disappear for a second? While this may be true, dark chocolate is the kind you need to ease the stress.

This is because while those candy bars may satisfy you momentarily, dark chocolate has more nutritious benefits. It contains anandamide which relaxes your brain and causes pain and depression to go away for a few minutes.

With that being said, this kind of prescription, the dosage can get out of control if you can’t control your love for chocolate. Having a cup of hot chocolate would also be a good idea to calm your nerves.


This little green dynamo is not only very filling but will keep you feeling fuller for longer. It will regulate the blood sugar in your body which, in turn, will keep you from having those mood swings.

I know when I’m hungry I can get in a very bad mood if I don’t eat, so adding this to my diet is very satisfying. I use it in smoothies, salads, and other conventional ways that make the meals more filling. It is loaded with folate, B vitamins, vitamin E, and potassium that will do your body a whole lot of good.

Fermented Foods

A pickle a day will keep the stress away. That about sums it up. If you keep your digestive track in excellent condition and things are moving out of your body at a consistent rate, you will avoid constipation, stomach pains, and irritability. These issues could lead to stress and depression or even worse. Providing your body with good bacteria will make you feel much better inside and out. Try adding some kefir, fermented vegetables, yogurt, salmon, prunes, or other fermented foods (our favorites are kimchi and sauerkraut!) because they are filled with live cultures. Probiotics will keep your body in good working order.

Final Tips

Your body should be your temple and what you put inside your body should only be the best, so leave off the processed and unhealthy foods that will only bring your body more harm than good. Because of all the holiday festivities, it’s totally OK to indulge, but make sure you balance it out with more healthy dishes to help you feel your best.

Take a break and have some green tea, which will also help to ease your stress and put you in a better mood to deal with your life. Put yourself first and learn how to say no. This is key, but when all else fails, try out one of these awesome snacks.

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Are there any other stress relief foods you know of? What are some tips you have?



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