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Stress Eating – The Healthy Way

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Healthier

Reaching for the cookie jar is normal when feeling stressed. Stress causes our bodies to release hormones that make us hungry – especially for foods high in sugar, fat and salt!

However, the way these foods break down in your body leave you feeling worse! But, there are some foods that work certain magic inside your body to help combat stress.

What foods fuel stress?

High GI foods – white bread, cakes, pastries, cookies, doughnuts etc.

Foods high in white flour and sugar are absorbed into your body quickly. This causes hormones that affect your mood to quickly increase then quickly drop, leaving you feeling irritable and in a bad mood.

Coffee, Coca-Cola and chocolate

These foods contain caffeine which stimulates your body (you want your body to relax when you’re stressed).

What foods should I eat when I’m feeling stressed?

Wholegrain bread, oats, chickpeas & yoghurt

These Foods are Low GI and high in fibre, which means they are absorbed into your body more slowly. This stabilises your hormones and mood.

Capsicum, kiwifruit, berries, broccoli & oranges

These foods are very high Vitamin C which can help lower hormones that make you feel stressed and hungry.

Tuna salmon & walnuts

These foods have Omega-3 oils which can lower stress hormones and reduce feelings of anxiousness.

Avocado, banana & peanut butter

These foods are high in Potassium which can reduce your blood pressure (blood pressure increases when you’re stressed).

Instead of reaching for that sugary cookie or muffin when feeling stressed, try making these super speedy snack wraps full of foods to combat stress as well as comfort you!

STRESS-LESS Recipe

Snack Wraps

Snack serving size: ½ wrap

Peanut Butter Banana

  • wholegrain wrap
  • 2T Peanut Butter
  • 1 small sliced banana
  • drizzle of honey

Rainbow Sticks and Hummus

  • wholegrain wrap
  • 2T hummus
  • carrot, cucumber & red capsicum sticks (a few of each)

Tuna & Avo Crunch

  • wholegrain wrap
  • ½ avocado
  • handful walnuts, chopped

Strawberry Shortcake

  • wholegrain wrap
  • 2T Greek yoghurt
  • handful of strawberries, sliced
  • kiwi fruit, sliced

Layer ingredients, roll wrap and slice.

P.S these are also perfect for kid’s lunchboxes

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