Stress: We all have it and how we manage it makes all the difference. Stress management may be a powerful tool for wellness since too much stress is bad for you. There are several strategies and one of them is what you eat. Keep reading to learn how a stress management diet can help.

There’s stress eating and then there’s eating to lessen stress. Here are some healthy foods that can aid in fighting stress. And since stress and weight gain are linked, these foods might also help you lose weight.

Kale is a leafy green and you can make delicious chips from it.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens do a body good. These veggies have folate, a vitamin that helps create the feel-good brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin. When stress levels are high, you need these chemicals to be flowing. Try some Swiss chard sautéed with garlic and olive oil. It’s one of those superfoods to shake up your diet. Other foods high in folate include citrus fruit, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and garbanzo beans.

Turkey

You’re getting very sleepy and relaxed, thanks to the amino acid tryptophan in turkey. It ultimately changes to serotonin. And serotonin means good vibrations. Pair it with some complex carbs to receive the full benefit.

Salmon

This fish is a superstar when it comes to nutrition. When we get anxious, our bodies create cortisol, a hormone that has been linked to more belly fat as well as other unfavorable responses. The omega-3s in salmon diminishes depression and anxiety by combating that cortisol. Salmon also has vitamin D, which has been known to aid with depression. Lastly, it helps you burn fat.

Blueberries

Chocked full of antioxidants, blueberries must be part of your diet. They help create dopamine, that stress-fighting chemical. And they’re tasty. Eat them on top of your yogurt, stirred into oatmeal or by themselves. For a go-anywhere snack, try freeze-dried blueberries.

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