I have always explained the seriousness of Christmas stress and how to avoid it in the previous blogs. Today is time to recommend something you must like and find interested in order to reduce your stress and boost your mood. It’s Food Time!
I am a foodie always craving for food. I guess no one will disagree that eating is one of the happiest thing in the world. Keep reading and you can get some suggestion of food to relief your stress.
Fish and seafood
- Vitamin B12
- Omega 3 fatty acid
The tops choices are salmon, tuna and crab. They reduce heart disease and heal damaged cells. Most importantly, they are especially helpful in reducing the risk of depression.
- Amino acids
- Omega 3 fatty acids
Suggested choices are flaxseed and pistachio. They are proved to help improve mild depression. Besides the benefits of boosting moods, they are also good in controlling cholesterol and protecting brain cells.
- Folic acid
Spinach, asparagus, broccoli, and kale are the common and cheap choices. Green leafy vegetables are not only important for its rich in fibre, they are also very good stress buster. They are beneficial in making you proactively fighting stress.
- Omega 6 fatty acids
I have to bust the myth of avocado here! It contains high fat content but the truth is the good fat content are healthy for your heart and body. Avocado is valuable to stabilise blood sugar and regulate your mood consequently. SO please do not give up avocado. Both you and it will be sad 😦
Low-fat dairy foods
- Vitamin B12 and A
Dairy can lower the risk of depression. They keep you from tense because they provide nutrients that adults need. Cheese also has significant effect to induce happy hormones.
- Vitamins C and B
They are good to boost energy and prevent stress related diseases. Drinking lemon juice can also bring you fresh mood.
Are you surprised? All the mood-boosting foods are so common and delicious. You can come up numbers of different dishes including these ingredients easily. Here I would like to share one recipe that I love the most:
Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
I found this recipe during my research and immediately love it because it is simple, healthy, and of course tasty! This is one of the best choices to put into your Christmas dinner menu. I have removed some seasonings to avoid many non-natural spices and sauces, and simplified the method. You can check the original recipe here:
- 2 pcs salmon
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- Juice from 2 limes
- 3 tbs olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Rub the salmon with olive oil and the seasonings: salt, paprika, onion powder and black pepper
- Put to refrigerate (> 30 minutes)
- Pre-heat the grill
- Combine the avocado, onion, lime juice, and salt and mix well, chill.
- Grill the salmon (about 5 minutes)
- Top with avocado salsa and ENJOY!
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