Food can be an incredible healer, certain foods can even help provide relief from stress! Complex carbohydrates like whole grain oatmeal, can help stabilize blood sugar which is often increased when under stress. Complex carbohydrates also trigger the release of serotonin in the brain, the feel good chemical.
Dark Chocolate is also shown to help reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Antioxidants in dark chocolate can help relax the walls of blood vessels, lowering blood pressure. Dark Chocolate is also a great source of magnesium, a super stress reducing nutrient. Magnesium helps reduce stress, minimize fatigue, relieve mood changes and improve sleep quality.
Nuts are high in omega 3 fatty acids, another stress relieving nutrient. Omega 3 fatty acids can help reduce surges of the stress hormone cortisol.
Combining all of the ingredients into a satisfying and nutritious meal will help reduce the overall impact of stress on the body and make you feel so much better.
I always stick to my go to formula for creating heathy, nutritious, filling and blood sugar stabilizing recipes Fiber + Fat + Protein.
In this recipe I utilized:
Fiber = Whole Grain Oats
Fat= Coconut milk
Protein= Protein Powder
1/2 cup whole grain old fashioned oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 scoop plant based chocolate protein powder ( I use Orgain)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup almonds (roughly chopped)
1 tbsp almond butter to drizzle on top
1/4 of a banana sliced
Berries or grapes top
How To Prepare:
In a saucepan bring coconut milk to a bowl then reduce to a simmer.
Add in oats and protein powder, mixing well to combine.
Allow to cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the chia, vanilla extract and salt.
Scrape oats into a serving bowl, add on all of the toppings.
I teach yoyo dieters how to make simple changes to their nutrition and lifestyle to get real sustainable results and never have the need to start another diet again. You can be one of them!
The information in this presentation is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Milan Lekay, www.milanlekay.com 2020.