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5 Foods that Reduce Stress for Midterm Season

With midterms come late night stress eating. Make your snacking work for you by picking foods that can help keep the anxiety away. Here are five ideas to help you walk into that exam calm, cool, and collected:

1. Oatmeal

Why? Carbohydrates boost your serotonin levels, which makes you feel happy and relaxed. Pick complex carbohydrates over simple carbs, which give you a short-lived boost of energy.

Snack on: whole grain breads and pastas, brown rice

Recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/oatmeal-cacao-nibs-figs

2. Leafy Green Vegetables

Why? Dark leafy greens are full of magnesium, which helps keep headaches and fatigue at bay.

Snack on: spinach, Swiss chard, kale

Recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/sauteed-swiss-chard-with-garlic-and-lemon

3. Avocado

Why? Help keep your brain healthy and your blood pressure low with foods high in potassium, like avocados.

Snack on: bananas, coconut water

Recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/avocado-cream

4. Nuts

Why? High levels of the stress hormone cortisol cause numerous health issues, including weight gain and lowered immune system function. Snacking on nuts help you maintain a healthy balance.

Snack on: walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts

Recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/candied-nuts-with-smoked-almonds

5. Dark Chocolate

Why? Dark chocolate contains flavanols, which support heart health and low blood pressure. Avoid chocolate that has been highly processed, and look for a cacao content of about 70 percent to keep up the health benefits.

Snack on: blueberries, apples

Recipe: http://deliciouslyella.com/guest-recipe-raw-cherry-and-chocolate-fudge/

Good luck, everybody! We’re rooting for you.


Disclaimer: This is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, or services to you or to any other individual. You should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation, or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider.

Victoria is a Nor-Cal transplant and fourth-year Biochemistry major at UCLA. She hopes to one day have marble kitchen countertops, own the perfect slouchy sweater, and be the kind of doctor who handpicks ornaments when she decorates her office for Christmas. 
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