People have different ways of coping against stress. Most people crave for comfort foods and some turn to alcohol or smoking. When you’re stressed, your body tells you to look for comfort foods, and it results in overeating. Stress also affects your food preference, so make sure you can control certain urges or at least lessen the impact of stress-eating by having healthy snacks instead of the typical sugar or fat-heavy ones.

Here are seven healthy foods that fight stress!

Pistachios

Whenever you eat a nut still in its shell, you’re actually putting a bit more work than usual for eating something. The same with pistachios! Your hands have something to do, which helps with the stress, and it’s a healthy snack, with a lot of protein, healthy fat, and fiber. In general, you rarely can go wrong with nuts.

Popcorn

Despite what you might think after years of seeing buttery popcorn at movie theaters, by itself, popcorn is an excellent snack. It makes you chew a lot and you can eat plenty of it without causing too much damage since a 3-cup serving is only 100 calories and three grams of protein and fiber. Of course, all this is true only for air-popped popcorn with no salt, butter, oil, sugar or anything added to them.

Blueberries

You might be seeing blueberries in a lot of articles about diets, preventing diseases, and about staying healthy. And for a good reason! The fruit is chock-full of fiber, with four grams in a single cup serving. They’re full of antioxidants, which help prevent cancer, improves brain function and even helps lower stress. It’s a great investment for the next time you do some groceries.

Sliced Veggies and Salsa

Bored of the baby carrots or celery? Spice things up, literally, with some salsa, cucumbers and sliced peppers! They’re lower in calories than the carrots, but just as filling and comforting, plus a lot more flavorful. Peppers and cucumbers also have more water in them, so it helps to prevent dehydration, which is usually mistaken for hunger (there’s another tip; drink plenty of water).

Zucchini Noodles

Pasta is the ultimate challenge for anyone wanting to avoid too many carbs. It’s not completely unhealthy, especially naturally cooked and without any cheese, oil, cream or whatever, but it’s addictingly satisfying and we tend to eat too much of it. But, there’s a possible solution: Zoodles! These are basically spiralized zucchini, dried and made as a substitute for some pasta. A medium-sized zucchini has about 30 calories as well as two grams each of fiber and protein. Also, it has almost half of your daily vitamin C needs. This vitamin can be helpful for preventing the effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Thanks to its antioxidant activity, it is perfect for when you can’t get out of your stress-eating spiral.

Orange

Just like pistachios, peeling an orange demands both hands and your attention, which makes it a great option when you need to slow down before you have another bite of that cookie.

A navel orange holds about 75 calories, three grams of fiber, and, naturally, more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C. If you’d fancy the option to eat multiple pieces of fruit, mandarins or clementines also work just as well, and you’ll get similar benefits.

Kale Chips

Another thing you’ve probably heard about or read on health magazines or websites. And for a good reason. Kale chips are crunchy and satisfying, and easy to make. Just take some kale, rub a teaspoon of olive oil on them, a bit of sea salt on top and bake at 350°F until crispy. If you buy the ready-made product, be sure to read the labels to see what the serving size is and be cautious with added flavorings.

Are you feeling stressed and you want to eat it away? Instead of reaching for candy, why don’t you try these ideas on how does eating healthy reduce stress?  There’s no cure for frustration, but you can get some relief by exercising, getting a massage, and incorporating more of these foods in your diet.

 

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