10 Stress Reducing Foods You Will Be Thankful You Had

Lessening your tension may just be a bite away.

It might be hard to believe, but lessening your tension may just be a bite away. Here we round up a few of our favourite stress-relief foods:

Almonds

Instead of locking your jaw and grinding your teeth when you’re feeling stressed – snack on some almonds. These are a great source of magnesium and zinc and are high in unsaturated fat.

Wholegrain pasta
 


 
Carbohydrates boost serotonin levels and have a calming effect on the body. Try to avoid simple carbs, like white bread and pastries – these will only give your body a short boost followed by a devastating crash. Try to add more wholegrain pastas and grains to your diet, which will leave you satisfied for longer.

Sushi
 


 
The seaweed in sushi has anti-stress properties – it’s filled with magnesium and vitamin B. If you’re feeling the tension after a long day at work, go for salmon maki instead of a cheese sandwich or stodgy foods.

Oranges

Packed with Vitamin C, oranges are a great way to fight stress – and if you’re not into oranges, try any other Vitamin C-packed fruits like blueberries.

Blueberries

High in fibre and low in sugar – these are actually better for you than Vitamin C-rich fruits like oranges and grapefruit.

Fish

For a good dose of Vitamin B, proven to up your happy brain chemical, serotonin, should be enjoyed regularly in the form of tuna or salmon.

Bananas

One of the few fruits with the magical ingredient potassium, bananas are another great stress-reliever. They’re also rich in the amino acid, tryptophan, which boosts serotonin and melatonin levels.

Spinach and broccoli


Both these green veggies are full of Vitamin B and folic acid. These vitamins are both good for relieving not only stress, but anxiety and panic as well.

Milk

Milk is high in antioxidants, Vitamin B, protein and calcium – all of which combat stress.

Article originally appeared on Marie Claire