Friday, April 12, 2013

Stress Awareness Month

This month is national stress awareness month, so here are some helpful foods to release stress, along with some yummy recipes and some great articles to check out. Be sure to keep checking back to this blog through out the month for other useful information and recipes.

Super foods for stress relief (source: Better Homes & Gardens & Whole Living)

  1. Asparagus
  2. Beef
  3. Milk
  4. Cottage Cheese & Fruit
  5. Almonds
  6. Blueberries
  7. Tuna
  8. Cornflakes or crispy rice cereal
  9. Avocado
Basically foods that are a good source of Vitamin B6 (such as avocados  baked potatoes, bananas, chickpeas, yellow-fin tuna, steamed green beans), Vitamin B12 (Clams, milk (fat-free), plain yogurt  sardines, chicken) these foods along with other B Vitamins helps our bodies form GABA, a calming neurotransmitter. Folate (Folic Acid) such as asparagus, chickpeas, lentils,  oatmeal, orange juice, dark leafy greens. These foods help our bodies make dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. Vitamin C such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, red and green peppers, strawberries. These foods help boost our immune system and fights brain-cell damage resulting from constant exposure to cortisol. 


Need some inspiration to kick start your kitchen check out this delicious recipe;

What You Need
Bunch of Asparagus – about 15
Lemon Zest – 1/2 a lemon
Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese
What To Do
Preheat the oven to 350
Trim the ends of the asparagus – place into large bowl.
Drizzle oil over asparagus – I do about 1 – 2 tablespoons. Just enough to make sure each are lightly covered in oil.
Season with salt and pepper – I do a pinch of salt and about 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
Add lemon zest.
Spread Asparagus onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle a “healthy” amount of cheese – I tend to use about 1/4 of a cup.
Bake until cheese is melted and starting to brown.
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