So when I talk about calming foods, I don't mean so-called comfort foods. I mean meals and snacks that will truly soothe and calm you. Whether it's because of the specific nutrients they provide us with or the steady, reliable source of energy they give us, they'll get us through the day feeling focused, even, and balanced—so we have the ability to conquer anything.
There are many ‘calming’ foods and I guess it’s not surprise that it’s all whole foods that are on the list below.......
By now you may have figured out my passion is snack foods and so the ‘calming foods’ that i'm going to write bout are based around using them in snack recipes or as a simple snack themselves.
Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins which are important for healthy nerves and brain cells. Bonus! They're also high in monounsaturated fat and potassium, which help lower blood pressure. Technically they are a fruit however I always see them as a fat so it’s important to remember that for portion size. Avocado is a great alternative to butter in cookie recipes or an addition to your smoothie to make it thick and creamy like the thickshake you just might be craving! My favourite is to make a smoothie with avocado in it, make sure it’s thick and then pour it into pop molds and freeze. Smooth creamy calmness in no time.
Blueberries may seem small, but just a handful pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and vitamin C, making them mighty stress-busters. When we’re stressed, our bodies need vitamin C and antioxidants to help repair and protect cells. While blueberries are tasty all by themselves (tip: freeze them for a cold berry snack), there’s no better way to boost the nutrition in a serving of yogurt or porridge or cake or cookie.
Almonds - Get some stress-relief munching on almonds, which are rich in vitamins B2 and E. Both of these nutrients assist the immune system during times of stress. Just a quarter cup of almonds each day does the trick. These awesome power house nuts are the easiest to incorporate into a healthy calming snack – by themselves of course but what about spreading some almond butter on apple slices or whole wheat crackers.