The holidays are a time to gather around, enjoy each other’s company, take some time off work and eat some delicious food. However, they can also be a source of added stress, especially if we don’t take care of ourselves. We know that stress leads to health problems like unwanted weight gain, digestive issues, and heart disease. Luckily there are some stress fighting foods you can add to your dinner table this holiday and simple self-care techniques to help you feel well and enjoy your time off!

Our Stress Fighting Farmacy: B vitamins, Magnesium, and Vitamin C

– B vitamin rich foods convert stored energy within our bodies into useable fuel and aid in the body’s natural stress response. Who wouldn’t want more energy and a better response to stress?!

– Magnesium relaxes our muscles and can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

– Stress is the common cold’s best friend, and we all know vitamin C is your body’s best friend for immunity. Be sure to get plenty of vitamin C rich foods throughout the holiday season to fight those pesky colds.

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad recipe here

Nutrient:                     Holiday Foods:                             How-to-yum:

B vitamins Almonds, cauliflower, eggs, dark leafy greens, asparagus, mushrooms, bananas, sweet potatoes, yams, avocado, turkey, dairy products

 

 

Instead of starting dinner off with bread or rolls, have a hearty green salad with kale and spinach. Maybe add some roasted root vegetables for some warmth and top it off with sunflower seeds and avocado. Squeeze some lemon over it for some extra vitamin C and immunity protection.
Magnesium Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt or kefir, almonds, avocado, figs, dark chocolate, bananas

 

Try this stuffed turkey breast recipe with spinach and figs.

Or for a fun dessert option check out these easy quick dark chocolate banana bites.

Vitamin C Bell peppers, oranges, cranberries, strawberries, broccoli Cranberry sauce with 2/3 less added sugar than most recipes, using applesauce and orange juice.

More recipes here!

And don’t forget to self-care this holiday season as another way to manage stress. Some simple ideas include deep breaths, bubble baths, a massage, simplifying your schedule, or maybe trying meditation. Try Headspace for simple daily, quick, guided meditations – first 10 days free!

The best way to find peace with YOUR health and your own nutrition plan that works with your particular body and lifestyle is to work with a registered dietitian. Get started with Lexy here or email lexy@shantinutrition.com.