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Instead of one recipe this month, we are excited to share foods that have been shown to help with stress reduction. It should be noted that all foods are in moderation and for those coping with chronic stress and emotional or physical symptoms of serious stress, we encourage you to seek assistance from health professionals. But there are certain foods that have an association with stress management and we share them here:

Avocado and Banana –
These two fruits are loaded with Potassium. Potassium helps to control blood pressure.

Swiss Chard –
This leafy green vegetable reduces the production of the stress hormone Cortisol.

Salmon, Tuna, Sardines –
These fatty fish choices are high in Omega 3 which helps to balance your production of Adrenaline  the other stress hormone.

Whole Grain Snacks –
Whole wheat or other whole grain snacks such as crackers or pretzels add fiber to your diet, but are also a source of carbohydrate which causes a spike in sugars that cause the release of serotonin. Serotonin is the chemical released by the brain that makes you feel good.

Raw Carrots –
Carrots are full of nutrients and the process of crunchy chewing has been shown to reduce stress levels. Carrots allow you to crunch without adding a lot of calories.

1% Milk –
Loaded with vitamin B and D, and proteins along with calcium which promote healthy bone health, milk is a healthy addition to your overall diet. Stay clear of whole milks and even 2% so that you are not adding lots of unintended calories. Taken near bedtime, milk helps increase restful sleep and the release of serotonin.

Almonds, Pistachios and Walnuts –
These raw nuts are loaded with vitamins and zinc. These boost your overall immune system, helping to keep you healthy.

Dark Chocolate –
In small amounts, dark chocolate may have some health benefits. Dark chocolate has been shown to lower stress hormones while increasing the sugar levels to release serotonin.