Next time you are feeling stressed, skip the ice cream and instead enjoy a colourful yogurt parfait. Nuts Stress runs you down, which leaves you open to sickness. Almonds, pistachios and walnuts can boost your immune system with vitamins and zinc. Chocolate Research indicates that dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones. Chocolate also contains sugar (a carbohydrate), so it releases mood-improving serotonin. It's all right to indulge; just keep the portions in check.
Foods can help tame stress in several ways. Comfort foods, like a bowl of warm oatmeal, boost levels of serotonin, a calming brain chemical. Other foods can cut levels of cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones that take a toll on the body over time. A healthy diet can help counter the impact of stress by shoring up the immune system and lowering blood pressure.
Serves: 2 Prep: 10 mins Cook: 0 mins Nutrition per serving: 364 kcal; 17g Fats; 24g Carbs; 31g Protein
Lentils are an excellent source of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. They're also a great source of plant-based protein and fiber.
But lentils also contain lectins—a protein in certain plants like nightshades and legumes that has been linked to inflammation and upset stomach. It's one of the reasons why people with Nightshade sensitivities steer clear of beans and legumes. Serves 2
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