Add These 12 Super Foods For Stress to your Diet!

In my ongoing fight against stress I have discovered certain foods that have deserve the label super food. Super foods for stress can improve your health by making you more stress-resilient, lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke, while boosting your immune system. energy, focus, and mental sharpness. The best part is that you get these benefits using all natural foods, instead of items containing chemicals and drugs.

Here’s my list  of 12 super foods for stress and a description of how they help my body and mind:

1. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with added fiber, potassium and vitamin C. I cook them in many ways including baked, boiled or mashed, as well as cubed in soups.

2. Blueberries. Blueberries are definitely a super fruit! They contain beneficial antioxidants as well as vitamin C and fiber. They make a healthy treat and they’re easy to eat on their own or in smoothies and baked goods.  I love adding blueberries to my oats for a powerful breakfast in the mornings.

3. Bananas. Bananas make  my list because of their beneficial nutrients as well as high potassium content. They also contain a healthy dose of vitamin B6.  I grab a banana to eat as a mid morning of mid afternoon snack.  Its delicious and gives me a burst of energy.  Calms hunger pangs too!

4. Broccoli. Broccoli is a vegetable that contains a healthy amount of vitamin C and folic acid. If you don’t like the taste, you can use some spices, cheese, or dip to add some flavor.  I did not like the taste as a teenager and would drown my broccoli in cheese.  But now I am older and wiser, and I love broccoli, lightly steamed, with nothing added!

5. Spinach. Spinach comes packed with many beneficial ingredients. It’s one of the best leafy green vegetables that you can eat. It contains folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, and more. Plus it’s easy to add to salads.  I use spinach in my breakfast smoothies as well!  And best of all, I grow my own spinach at home…its an easy veggie to grow in your backyard garden.

6. Apples. So now you know there’s truth to the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away! They contain many of the benefits of the other super food fruits, as well as a decent fiber content. They’re also a low glycemic index food. Apples can help you stay full and may help with weight loss.  Apples are my second choice for grab and go healthy snacks ( second to bananas).  I also add apple to my juicing, which I often do during the week as well.  Great stuff.

7. Baked Beans. Protein, fiber and calcium are just some of the benefits of this low GI super food. Baked beans have also been known to lower the chances of bowel type cancers because of the unique way they’re digested. 

8. Yogurt. Yogurt is a super healthy way of getting your dairy intake for the day. In addition to being an excellent source of calcium, yogurt has also been known to improve your bowel health overall. Yogurt can help with regulating the digestive system.  Great snack too!

9. Salmon. Lean fish are always good alternatives for healthy meats in your diet. However, salmon is extra special because it contains Omega 3’s. Omega 3’s alone have many health benefits such as reduced risks of heart attacks as well as mental disorders such as depression.  This is basically the only fish I eat.  It’s simply delicious and with all its stress-busting features I am always motivated to add it to my monthly meal planning list

10. Olive Oil. Olive oil is one type of oil that’s okay to add to your diet in moderation. It’s a good idea to keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way. Olive oil can lower bad cholesterol levels and it also contains a healthy amount of antioxidants. Use olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar for salad dressing, instead of the creamy stuff. 

11. Dark Chocolate. This is usually the shocker on the super foods list. Dark chocolate can be yummy and beneficial to your health. Dark chocolate, in small amounts each day, can lower your blood pressure and it also contains antioxidants.  This is how I indulge with NO guilt!  Dark chocolate ( taken in small amounts) is actually GOOD me for!

12. Citrus Fruit. Many like the taste of sweet citrus fruits, which makes it quite the popular super food. You’ll still want to eat these fruits in moderation because they have a higher sugar content. However, citrus fruits also come with a high amount of vitamin C, fiber, and folic acid.  My favorite citrus fruit is tangerine!  But I often add oranges or grapefruits to my juicing concoctions.  :-)

There are many other foods that rightfully deserve the title of super food, but this list should get you started in the right direction. It’s always a great thing to hear when a delicious food also helps you live a happier, more stress-resilient, and healthier life!

Now its YOUR turn!

In the comments below, tell me:

1. Which other food would you add to this list as a super food?
2. How many of these super foods do you eat each week?

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Blueberry Oats Smoothie Recipe-Powerful Breakfast In Under 3 Minutes!

I am sure I do not have to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why that is?

Well, what you eat in the morning goes a long way toward giving your brain a boost as the day begins. In fact, people who skip breakfast in the morning are doing themselves a disservice because they are depriving their brain of the much-needed nutrients that are so important for proper brain function.

If you’re like me, you just do not have a lot of time to spare in the morning on preparing a nutritious breakfast.  The good news is that preparing a nutritious breakfast does NOT have to take more than 5 minutes.  Check out this power breakfast that I prepare during weekdays in under 3 minutes!  My blueberry oats smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or mixed frozen berries)
1 cup vanilla almond milk 
1/2 cup oats
¼ tsp ground flaxseed
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients in a powerful blender.   Blend on high for 20-30 seconds.   That’s it!

Enjoy this very healthy breakfast smoothie that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and that will give you the best possible start to your day.