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Foods can pave the path to stress relief

By Jennifer Ball

Dietitians recommend eating foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories to boost nutrition but also relieve stress. Vegetables can be a great source of nutrients without the adding extra calories to burn at the end of the day.

This means opting for the salad bar instead of the ice cream bar, said Northwestern University registered dietitian Karen Sechowski.

Comfort foods such as cookie dough may seem like the best option for stress relief, but they’re definitely not going to be worth it in the long run. It tastes really good at first, but then you crash, she said.

That crash won’t happen with fruits and vegetables and they offer the bonus of antioxidants. Antioxidants can be a great way to boost your immune system and to help relax stress. Blueberries and pomegranates are rich in antioxidants¬† that reduce toxic elements in the body. Antioxidants can be found in green or white tea or a sweet white or red wines.¬† Continue reading