Healthy Comfort Foods to Alleviate Stress
Even the healthiest person can reach for snacks under stress. Should you be feeling guilty about it? Not if the snacks are healthy. But is there any such thing as healthy snacks for stress eaters? Most definitely, yes! If you are like me, you reach for the first edible thing when you are stressed out. And those foods are not always the healthy ones. To grab healthy foods, you need to first make sure they are within reach.
Here are five favorites from a Prevention Magazine list on Healthy Snacks Every Stress Eater Should Keep Handy.
These are comforting and can help calm your jittery digestive tract. Chamomile specifically has been shown to ease anxiety and irritability; while green tea contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which provides a focused calm.
Veggies & Dip
2 sliced carrots or celery stalks + 2 Tbsp guacamole or hummus. If you’re a snacker that needs to feel full to be completely satisfied, veggies fill you up without filling you out. Guac or hummus help that full feeling stay with you.
½ cup yogurt + ½ cup blueberries + 1 oz chopped nuts. Dairy packs calcium and protein, both of which help your body release feel-good neurotransmitters.
Opt for seltzer with cucumber slices, or any of these fun fruit- and veggie-infused Sassy Waters (that also help you de-bloat, too!). We often mistake dehydration for hunger, so make your drinks more interesting so you’re inclined to sip.
DIY Energy Bites
½ c chopped dates, (or cranberries or goji berries) + ¼ c rolled oats + ½ c nut butter, all mixed together and formed into 12 to 14 bites. The perfect treat, or even on-the-go breakfast, to satisfy a sweet craving while keeping blood sugar stable.
Or one of our favorites: Chocolate Oat Balls.
TIP: Advanced Preparation will Save the Day
You will be surprised how healthy eating is made easy by preparing in advance. Those DIY energy bites, for instance, require prior preparation. By dedicating a few hours on Sundays to your meals and desserts preparation, you will be saving yourself from unhealthy snacking under stress. If you want to learn about the harm caused to your body through unhealthy habits, “Upgrade Your Health” is a good read on the subject.
10 Healthy Snacks Every Stress Eater Should Keep Handy, Prevention Magazine
Chocolate Oat Balls recipe, MyTrainerFitness.com
Upgrade Your Health, BestFitLife
Guilt Free Desserts, by Kelley Herring
Herbal Tea Sampler on Amazon