When I’m stressed or cranky or sad I eat dark chocolate, drink green tea, sneak a spoonful (or more) of freshly whipped cream or nibble strong cheese with a glass of expensive red wine.
I’m know that when you’re stressed it’s probably not a good idea to reach for booze or rich foods but I inevitably crave something comforting. In fact food shouldn’t be the primary way you cope with these feelings although we can all admit we’ve done it at least once.
Anyone who follows me on Twitter has seen my meal time tweets and knows they’re mostly healthy so I don’t feel bad revealing my stress snacks.
I’ve heard that eating foods that ‘crunch’ help to combat stress. Apparently the act of clenching your jaw and the satisfying snap of the food in your mouth calms you down. Can any nutrition bloggers confirm this?
If that’s true then celery would be a good choice. Did you know that you burn more calories by simply chewing celery than is contained in it? Nice!
Other crunch foods I eat are nuts and seeds (especially almonds, pepitas and hazelnuts), 9 grain vita wheat crackers (maybe with a little cheese) and fruit like nashi pear, firm green grapes or cucumbers.
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