5 Foods to Eat when You are Stressed

Written by Jaye Anne Gallagher on November 17th, 2014

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5 Foods to Eat when You are Stressed--Natural Parents Network

You’re stressing out and it seems that the only thing in your life you can control is what food you eat. You want to reach for some of the ice cream left over in the freezer or for some reason you are craving a big bowl of pasta. Eating healthy is a big concern, but you are sure that the gluten-free pack of crackers in your cabinet is made from the same material as its cardboard packaging. Suddenly, your stomach is being pulled in as many directions as your mind is.

If you are stressed and hungry, here are five super-simple foods for you to reach for. That cracker may be gluten-free but so are these healthier options that aren’t filled with empty calories or crunchy regret.

1. Hibiscus and rosehip tea:

Stress eats up Vitamin C. Whether you are running after your car-chasing toddler or chillin’ on the couch freaking about how Kim K is EVER going to make it as a mom (when she insists on wearing those heels), it’s all stress. Your body needs vitamin C to process it. Hibiscus and rosehips have TONS of this crucial vitamin in its usable complete form.

Super simple try: Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea. Hot or iced, it’s supporting your adrenals.

2. Salted water

It might sound simple, but salted water is a treat for your body.  The adrenals and kidneys need plenty of electrolytes to function well under stress.  Hence, Gatorade helps athletes.  Make your own (without those nasty chemicals) by adding high-quality salt to water.  Not enough to taste salty, but enough to taste good.  Play with it and you will find the perfect balance for YOU.

Super simple try: Celtic Sea Salt is great, as is any pink Himalayan Sea salt (at most grocery stores)

3. Bone broth

If you have not heard about this superfood recently, you have probably been living under a cyber-rock. Bone broth is good for stress because it has an amazing amount of minerals and gelatin to improve your gut.  This delicious superfood is vital to anyone stressed about making gut-wrenching decisions because that’s exactly where it works best!

Super simple try: make it in a slow cooker! It’s hard to mess up that way. Need a recipe? Look here.

4. Seaweed snacks

Still hankering for that salty taste?  What about something you can munch on?  Salted seaweed snacks are a healthier alternative to chips; they have that crunch and provide minerals to support your stressed-out state, including iodine, which does wonders for your thyroid. They are super easy to reach for, but still are healthy and guilt-free, putting chips and crackers to shame.

Super simple try: I have not met a seaweed snack I didn’t like (except unsalted—Blech!), but my favorite one is Sea Snax brand.

5. Beet Kvass

Okay so you knew there had to be a weird one in here somewhere.  Beet kvass is a high-quality superfood, providing vitamin C, iron (a gift for your liver!), antioxidants and probiotics. We’re talking more strains of bacteria than you could buy at your health food store, all in four tiny ounces per day.
Super simple try: Beet kvass is really easy to make. It takes about 5 minutes once per month and $3 in organic beets. That’s it. Here is the recipe.

Incorporate any of these five foods into your meals or a part of your snacking routine. Just because you’re stressed about what’s going on in your life doesn’t mean you should stress out about what food to eat to combat it. Now put the cracker back in the box and get started. No, I’m serious, put the cracker down.

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