Stress Relief - Three True Comfort Food Suggestions

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When under stress, you may be inclined to reach for the wrong sorts of foods to comfort yourself. Salty snacks, sweets, or sugary drinks might make you feel better for a fleeting moment. But those sorts of foods do not offer any long-term benefit. Here are three alternatives you can choose to eat when feeling stressed rather than the high-calorie/low-nutrient foods.

1. Have a serving of this delicious Stress Busting Salad. Vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate, and magnesium are involved in the production of serotonin, which helps regulate mood and relieve the effects of stress. Make this delicious salad and get a good serving of all of the nutrients involved in serotonin production. The salad contains chicken for vitamin B12, avocado for vitamin B6, orange juice and oranges for folate, and spinach and walnuts for magnesium.

Stress Busting Salad Recipe

INGREDIENTS (2 servings)

  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 1 medium navel orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2 thin slices red onion, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
  • In a small skillet, saute chicken in 1 teaspoon oil for 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, salt, pepper, vinegar, orange juice and remaining oil until smooth; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
  • In a large serving bowl, combine the spinach, orange, onion and walnuts; add chicken mixture and toss.
  • Serve immediately.
2. Stressful situations typically create digestion discomfort, causing either constipation or diarrhea. Yogurt with active cultures may help with either of those conditions. A serving of yogurt every day can help keep those stomach disorders at bay by increasing the beneficial microflora in the gut.

3. Did you know the smell of orange is a mood booster?  While you could simply burn an orange scented candle, why not get a boost of vitamin C and improve your mood after a stressful situation. Vitamin C is considered an antioxidant, useful for eliminating the destructive properties of free radicals. Make the effort of mindfully enjoying the orange with all of your senses. Appreciate the vibrant color of the skin, inhale the mist of fragrant spray when you peel it open, and savor the juicy taste. 

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This article was published on 2010/04/01