When we are feeling stressed, we tend to grab sugary food or high fat foods. For some reason, we all believe this is going to relieve our stress and make it go away.
When in fact it may just make us grumpy and give us digestive issues because of how overly processed this food is.
However, there is something to be said about eating foods with fat. Just make sure it’s the right fat. Avocados for instance, are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber. This is the perfect stress-fighting snack. The good fats in this fruit make you feel full, and less likely to grab junk food. Make sure you read to the end of this newsletter for a delicious avocado recipe.
If you crave candy or sweets when you’re stressed, here is some good news. Dark chocolate may do the trick. Dark chocolate is rich with antioxidants, which can lower stress hormones. Keep in mind, serving size matters. Stick to a one ounce serving or less of at least 60% dark cacao chocolate daily. Eat it mindfully and savor the flavor.
There are many other ways to reduce stress as well. Get plenty of physical activity. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Meditation, deep breathing and journaling. If you’re looking for guidance on how to create a holistic plan that includes nutrition and stress management, I can help you with that.
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Here is a delicious recipe that combines dark chocolate with avocados. This pudding is so velvety smooth and chocolatey, you’ll have a hard time believing it’s made with avocados.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
4 ripe avocados
8-9 pitted Medjool dates (soak in water for about 10 minutes)
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup raw cocoa powder
2 cups water
Pit and scoop the avocados.
Place all ingredients into a blender.
Blend on high for 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender.
Blend for another 2 minutes, until smooth.
Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve.
Note: This is also delicious with ½ a banana added, or honey, real maple syrup or cinnamon.
Experiment with flavors every time you make it. Just a dash of another flavor is all you need.