US Election Day is only a few days away.
I don’t know about you but I’m nervous about this year’s results.
This has been one of the worst US elections I have ever experienced. And I thought I would never have to say that again after the Bush versus Gore election.
It makes me sad seeing the US people so divided by ignorance and fear. It’s also stressful. Making the wrong decision this election season isn’t going to help us any more than Brexit did the UK.
I’ve already covered one way for helping deal with the stress. Find your favorite drink in my Huffington Post article 13 Booze and Wine Cocktails for Coping with Election Season.
Getting drunk sounds more and more pleasing as the stupidity and ugliness of this Election season continues. The only problem is that I would need to stay drunk. And that isn’t appealing because I don’t feel like gaining 20 pounds in alcohol weight.
I’m also attempting to avoid ice cream, fatty burgers, mashed potatoes and excessive cheese. All, my favorite comfort foods!
So today, I’m focusing on healthy, easy-to-make, stress-reducing foods and drink recipes. I’m going easy-to-make because who wants a complicated recipe when you’re already stressed.
And today, when I fill out my ballot, I’m going to smile, be happy and pretend everything’s okay.
Since I’m on the subject, don’t forget to vote. While I’m not sure I can forgive anyone who votes for Trump, it’s still important to vote. No matter who you vote for. If you don’t like your options, write someone in!
If you’re feeling the election blues, please feel free to hit me up for any conversation that doesn’t include the election or to send me your stress-reducing foods to try.
Here’s a recipe roundup of easy to make recipes using stress-reducing foods for helping manage the stress in your life. And if you want to dig deeper into stress-reducing foods, check out Prevention’s article 13 Foods that Fight Stress to get you started.
Avocado: Spring Onion Lemon Tuna Stuffed Avocado
Loaded with healthy vegetable fats, Vitamins B and E, beta-carotene, lutein, magnesium and folate, avocado is excellent for helping deal with election stress.
Biohackers Recipes’ for Spring Onion Lemon Tuna Stuffed Avocado recipe combines plenty of stress fighting goodness by using healthy fats from avocado, olive oil and tuna.
Berries: No Bake Blueberry Yogurt Tart with Cereal Crust
While the blueberry tries to still the spotlight by having the highest level of antioxidants, all berries are loaded with Vitamin C, a perfect aid for stress busting.
I love sweets when I’m stressing, so I adore Jessica Gavin’s recipe for No Bake Blueberry Yogurt Tart with Cereal Crust. It’s sweet but in a good healthy way and loaded with berries and yogurt (another great stress fighting ingredient).
Tea: Iced Raspberry Mint Green Tea
Most any types of tea help to reduce stress but some are more beneficial than others. Settle your nerves with a cup of green, chamomile or mint tea are filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Combine the mint, green tea and raspberries for the ultimate stress reliever in My Sequined Life’s Iced Raspberry Mint Green Tea recipe.
Dark Chocolate: Triple Chocolate Banana Bread
The antioxidants in dark chocolate are a proven mood booster and help you feel calm. Ahhhhhh!
You’ll never hear me complain about any reason for adding dark chocolate to my life, especially when I’m eating Spend with Pennies Triple Chocolate Banana Bread recipe. Just make sure you use dark chocolate cocoa powder and chips when making!
Dark Leafy Greens: Raw Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad
Dark leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach and Brussel sprouts are rich in folate, magnesium and Vitamin C. These vitamins and minerals work hard at keeping you calm while reducing anxiety and depression.
Eat a cup or two of Simply Sophisticated Cooking’s Raw Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad recipe for a triple whammy of kale, Brussel sprouts, lemon juice, apples and cranberries. You’ll be feeling mellow in no time.
Yogurt: Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowls with Fruit and Nut Toppings
Keeping the gut happy with probiotics also works to help keep stress levels lower. Yogurt has plenty of probiotics, calcium and protein. Try sticking with the unsweetened, unflavored varieties such as low-fat, plain Greek yogurt for best results.
Modern Honey’s recipe for Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowls with Fruits and Nut Toppings combines yummy Greek yogurt with fruits, chocolate and nuts, all great for stress reducing. Eat them for breakfast or snacks.
Nuts: Pumpkin Spice Paleo Protein Bars
Eating a handful of nuts works not only on keeping the body healthy but also the mind. Because nuts are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and tryptophan. All perfect for helping keep your stress-regulated.
Get your daily dose of nuts (if you haven’t already had enough from watching the Trump and Clinton exchange) and immune boosting pumpkin pie spice in Fit Mitten Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Paleo Protein Bar recipe.
Seeds: Cacao Seed Power Bars recipe
Seeds aren’t just for birds! Pumpkin, sesame, flaxseed and sunflower seeds are high in magnesium and tryptophan which works hard on keeping your feelings of well-being high through the release of serotonin.
Peck your way to good feelings eating Healthy Happened’s Cacao Seed Power Bars recipe loaded with sunflower, pumpkin and flaxseeds and chocolate. Who really can ever have enough chocolate?
Turkey: Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Lime Aioli
Everyone knows of tryptophan, the feel-good amino acid, that gives you the euphoric sense after eating turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Stop saving turkey for one time a year and eat it year around for less stress.
A burger is one of my go-to stress foods. And while I usually do beef, I’m switching it up for a feel good turkey burger topped with avocado in Kiwi & Carrot’s yummy Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Lime Aioli.
Salmon: Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Sriracha Aioli on Green Chili Cornbread Waffles
The beautiful silky smooth fat of orange salmon offer plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids, the secret behind reducing stress.
Amp up your stress reduction by combining the mega-stress boosters avocado and salmon in Simply Sophisticated Cooking’s Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Sriracha Aioli on Green Chili Cornbread Waffles. Then again anything with waffles immediately makes me feel happier!
Garlic: Roasted Garlic Hummus
Garlic, the workhorse for any good savory dish, is loaded with antioxidants and allicin. Both of which work to help reduce inflammation in the body and boost your immune system. It’s also rumored to ward off vampires making it another helpful tool this election season.
Dip up a little hummus stress-reducing medicine filled with chickpeas and a full head of roasted garlic in This Savory Vegan’s Roasted Garlic Hummus recipe.