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Get in the Habit of Anti-Stress Snacking

Feeling anxious, nervous, stressed out? Need a quick food fix? Snacking, when done right, is an art. Anyone can down a candy bar or a bag of chips and a soda. The real skill is coming up with a snack that not only doesn’t add to your stress level but also helps you reduce the stress you already have. Here are some guidelines:

  • Avoid highly sugared treats. They’ll give you a boost in the short run but let you down in the long run. You’ll crash.

  • Stick with snacks that have high-energy proteins and are high in complex carbohydrates. They’ll give you a longer-lasting sustained pick-me-up.

Here are some specific suggestions of quick bites and snacks that can boost your mood and help alleviate some of your stress:

  • A piece of fruit — an orange, peach, apple, or banana. Just about any fruit is fine.

  • A handful of mixed nuts.

  • A bowl of whole-grain cereal with a sliced banana.

  • A spinach salad.

  • A bowl of fruit salad.

  • A soft pretzel.

  • A handful of blueberries.

  • Air-popped popcorn.

  • An English muffin. (Go easy on the butter or margarine. A little jelly is fine.)

  • A container of high-protein Greek yogurt.

  • A piece of dark chocolate (but just a piece!).

  • A serving of sorbet.

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