The 12 Foods You Should Eat When You're Stressed

Katie Sweeney

When you’re feeling stressed about an upcoming exam or important meeting with your boss, it’s all too easy to turn to comfort foods like macaroni and cheese and meatloaf to make you feel better. However, junk food is a temporary relief that does nothing to actually reduce stress. There are foods, specifically 12 ingredients, that CNN reports will help stabilize blood sugar, relieve tension, and enhance an emotional response to make you feel less stressed. Here’s what you should reach for the next time you're hungry and stressed:

  1. Leafy green vegetables
  2. Turkey breast
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Yogurt
  5. Salmon
  6. Blueberries
  7. Pistachios
  8. Dark chocolate
  9. Milk
  10. Seeds
  11. Avocado
  12. Cashews

Keep your lunch chilled and cool in a stainless steel two-tier lunch box from Rodale’s.

What do you eat when you’re stressed?

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