The holidays are here! Just thinking about all the chores that are building up, the errands you have to run, the looming work deadlines and the extra holiday social demands on your overbooked calendar can run you ragged.  Reduce holiday stress by choosing healthy holiday snacks.

Plus there is all the holiday baking.  And don’t forget all the food folks bring into the office as treats during the holiday season.  Saying no to all those cookies and sweeties while your tummy is growling is really hard.
The holidays are so full of the extra tasks that healthy eating can get forgotten.  Not to mention stress can also take a toll on your thoughts and behavior. When pre-holiday life gets hectic and we’re feeling stressed, we tend to grab a burger and a cookie instead of sitting down and nourishing our bodies with a meal filled with veggies and protein.
But eating Christmas cookies the office or running threw the drive-thru will only make the holiday stress worse.  When it comes to combating holiday stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. Certain foods can help stabilize your blood sugar levels and your emotional response to stress. Here are 5 foods you can eat to reduce holiday stress.
Cashews and Chocolate

1 A simple bowl of Oatmeal can lower blood pressure. Oatmeal in a jar is a great way to keep a healthy meal or snack available at any time.

2. BlueberriesResearchers have found eating blueberries can increase the count of a specific white blood cell that boosts immunity. Having a healthy immune system can help counter stress. Try adding blueberries to your oatmeal or yogurt in the morning.

3. Flax SeedsThis superfood is an excellent source of magnesium that may help regulate emotions, alleviate depression, combat fatigue and minimize irritability. Magnesium can also help fight PMS! Try adding a teaspoon of flax seeds to your next smoothie.

4. Dark ChocolateStudies have shown that eating chocolate regularly can reduce your stress hormones such as as cortisol. That’s great news for all you chocoholics! Stick with the kind that contains at least 70%cocoa and keep it to just a bite or two and not the whole bar.

5. CashewsThese kidney-shaped nuts are a good source of zinc which is a critical mineral that can help reduce anxiety symptoms such as irritability and lack of focus. Their portable nature makes them an ideal snack to keep in your purse for when you’re on the go.

Adding these 5 foods into your diet can help you relieve stress and help with your health and well-being. Which one will you try? What food do you turn to in times of stress? Share it with us in the comments.


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