Can food really help ward of stress? Registered Dietitian Nicole Holovach says YES! Omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in flaxseed, can reduce anxiety and stress-induced inflammation. Flaxseed is also an excellent source of fiber. Maca is a Peruvian tuber that is considered an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body stabilize and balance during periods of stress. Maca has antioxidant properties and supports the adrenal glands, resulting in more energy, stamina, mental clarity, and ability to handle stress. You can find both at Wegmans or health food stores.
And, don’t forget about the humble banana! Bananas are creamy, sweet, filling and easy to digest. Not only do they contain many essential nutrients, they may increase dopamine in the body, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of cold, unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 Tbsp maca
- 1 Tbsp honey
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Serve cold. Makes two servings.