Eight Great Stress-Busting, Slimming Snacks
Stress can be a major factor in weight gain and an expanding waistline. Fortunately, you've got a little help this month. That's because April is National Stress Awareness Month.
Managing stress is important in weight loss because stress increases your body's production of cortisol, a steroid hormone that boosts cravings for sugary, high-carb treats. Plus, cortisol triggers an enzyme in fat cells, particularly those in the abdomen. The higher your stress, the more belly fat you accumulate and the bigger your waistline grows. So, in the spirit of National Stress Awareness Month, here are eight great tasting treats that can help you de-stress and slim down.
- Asparagus: This springtime veggie is high in folate, which can help stabilize your mood and reduce depression, anxiety and panic.
- Avocados: This native Central American fruit has more folate than any other. Plus, it's rich in lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E and glutathione, which blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage.
- Berries: All berries, including strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, boast high levels of vitamin C, proven to be helpful in combating stress. But for an extra edge, blueberries have the highest levels of anthocyanin, an antioxidant linked to multiple health benefits, including sharper cognition.
- Oranges: A known vitamin C powerhouse.
- Oysters: An order of six provides more than half the RDA of zinc - important to know because low levels of zinc have been linked to anxiety and depression.
- Cashews: They're another top source of stress-busting zinc. And because our bodies can't store zinc, cashew snacks are a great way to make sure you get a good daily dose.
- Oatmeal: As a complex carbohydrate, oatmeal kicks up your brain's production of serotonin, the feel-good chemicalthat helps you chill out and has antioxidant properties.
- Walnuts: Tufts University researchers observed a reversal of signs of brain aging in animals that ate walnuts. Plus, walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid, and other polyphenols, shown to help prevent memory loss.
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