Foods that De-Stress
Food that naturally de-stresses you in the morning What about the rest of breakfast? You do have to eat it, because starting your day out hungry is stressful. The good news is there are many foods you can incorporate into your morning routine that are actually great at bringing stress levels down before your day begins. Try a few of my favorite foods that experts tell me naturally work on your stress levels. Here’s what researchers say to eat to help you keep your cool:
Nuts. Full of magnesium, they work to keep your cortisol levels in check. If I’m running to an early morning flight, I will grab a handful of mixed nuts to take with me on the plane.
Broccoli. Not only is broccoli a great cancer fighter, but it also has folic acid, which helps you reduce stress. Keep your leftover steamed broccoli from the night before and add it to your omelet.
Complex carbs. Yes, you can have that whole grain in the morning because a modest portion of complex carbs (whole and sprouted grains or veggies) raises your serotonin levels, which puts you in a better mood and can even help you relax into your day. Plus, if you eat carbs early in the day, you’re more likely to burn them off later.
An LEO. This is an omelet with lox (smoked salmon), eggs, and onions. The omega-3 fatty acids in the salmon actually help your brain cells function better together, thus enabling you to deal with stress in a more effective way. Plus, it’s pretty delicious.
Milk. Yes, your mother was right. Even as an adult, you need your calcium. Milk also contains tryptophan, which, after it’s metabolized, is turned into serotonin, which boosts your feel good mood.
Hot chocolate/tea. Experts say that drinking something warm equals comfort and triggers a soothing feeling. I’ll add just a hint of almond or coconut milk.