Under Pressure: 6 Natural Foods That Relieve Stress

The beginning of a new work week can often bring with it a range of stress triggers. Unfortunately, when the pressure is on and the inevitable stress-out hits, many of us will reach for quick-fix junk food to deal with the strain. But when you need to increase your energy levels and mental clarity, artificial products laden with sugar, saturated fats and excessive salts will do the exact opposite.

Luckily, the natural solutions to ease those high-pressure moments are already sorted. We’ve put together a list of the Top 6 Stress-Relieving Foods; all packed with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants to help you de-stress and bring your best.

Mother Nature, you clever thing…

Crunching on a carrot = a stress ball for your mouth! As well as boasting huge beta-carotene and fiber content, this root vegetable is a fantastic source of antioxidant agents. But wait, there’s more; carrots are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Eat your greens! Packed with magnesium, spinach leaves help regulate cortisol and promote good vibes. Use the leaves as a salad base or use them in a sandwich instead of lettuce. They also take the limelight when used in smoothies, the perfect alternative to sugary drinks.

They’re zesty, refreshing and the poster child of potent Vitamin C. These balls of goodness are also a fantastic e of B vitamins including vitamin B1, pantothenic acid and folate as well as vitamin A, calcium, copper and potassium. Overachiever much?

These delicious berries are another proud Vitamin C warrior, a key stress killer. Mix them up with bananas in a smoothie for a truly chilled out start to your day or snack on the solo fruit as a naturally sweet treat.

This protein-packed fruit is loaded with potassium, good fats and fibre. Enjoy it on crackers or with some balsamic vinegar for a tasty snack that boosts your energy levels at the same ties.

Just a quarter of a cup of these tasty nuts will boost your B2 and E vitamins, helping boost your immune system while you’re stressed out. You can also try a nut butter on crunchy apples as a sweet snack to substitute other sugary cravings.


PS. Want more health tips and exclusive offers? Download the new My Sumo app here to join the SumoSociety.