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6 Foods to Eat When You're Stressed

6 Foods to Eat When You're Stressed

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Salmon

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In addition to a high protein content that will help add long-sustaining energy to your day, this fish is super high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce anxiety. Salmon can be easily prepared in a variety of ways, from pan searing to baking. This delish recipe for roasted salmon is filled with flavor and is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.

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Blueberries

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Filled with antioxidants, these little berries not only taste good, but will help boost your immune system (a super helpful tool when you're low on sleep). Toss a handful in a smoothie with almond butter and banana, or layer in to a yogurt parfait.

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Avocado

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It's a win-win situation: delicious and good for you. With tons of vitamins and healthy fats, avocados will ensure that you're full longer and your blood sugar is regulated, keeping stress at bay.

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Leafy Greens

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Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale are filled with vitamins and minerals, including folate, which has been proven to help your body produce mood-regulating serotonin and dopamine. In general, it's a good idea to load up on veggies when your body is feeling overtaxed-it's a sure way to restore yourself to better overall health and vibrancy.

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Turkey

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Tryptophan is an amino acid that your body converts into serotonin (the best mood-lifter ever!). In addition to being a lean protein, turkey is one of the best sources of this natural wonder drug.

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Dark Chocolate

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Chocolate has been proven to reduce stress and induce "feel good" responses that combat anxiety and depression. Go for a low sugar, high-cocoa percentage to reap the benefits, and steer clear of overly processed variety. This recipe combines dark chocolate with heart-healthy whole grains.