I have several friends who suffer with different types of stress and anxiety, and I’m sure we all have stressful times in our lives, so knowing foods to eat which can help ease those feelings is a great idea. Here is a guest post from Ryan Riviera to tell us more…
Home cooked meals are the best comfort food anyone can have. If you want to treat yourself to a superior but homey and healthy meal, here are some easy to prepare Home Cooked Vegetable Recipes which you may incorporate in your daily diet.
Gazpacho Soup (tomato vegetable soup)
Tomatoes contain potassium, lycopene, vitamins E and A. It is also rich in vitamin C which, if taken in large doses can have a tranquilizing effect that help alleviate anxiety. Here is one special tomato vegetable soup:
Put 1 minced onion, 2 cups of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of minced green pepper, 1 tsp honey, 1 chopped cucumber, lemon and lime juice, 2 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp basil and dried tarragon, ground cumin, ¼ cup of chopped parsley, tobacco sauce, 2 tbsp olive oil and pepper in a food processor or blender. Combine it altogether well but see to it that you do not over process. Blend the finished mixture together with 4 cups of tomato juice in a bowl. Wrap it in a plastic and let it chill for 2 hrs. It is nice to serve it together with bread.
Simple Hummus Recipe
Garbanzo beans are filled with vitamins A, C, E and K. It also contains vitamin B6 or also known as pyridoxine which has been proven to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. It is also loaded with minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and sodium. Calcium is another mineral that can be found in garbanzo beans which is known to be a natural tranquilizer. Here is your easy recipe for garbanzo beans:
Put 1 can of garbanzo beans, 4 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 cloves of chopped garlic and 2 tbsp tahini in a blender together. Let it blend until it is creamy. Put the finished mixture in a serving bowl. Pour some olive oil on it and serve it with fresh vegetables.
Sweet Potato Balls
Sweet potato ball is another nutritious recipe that kids will surely love. It contains minerals like potassium, copper and iron. Add to that the mineral magnesium which can help reduce tension in the nervous system. Thus, sufficient intake of magnesium can help a person feel more relaxed. It can help you become more focused and it will also help reduce your vulnerability to stress and anxiety. This sweet potato balls recipe is a healthy treat for your sweet tooth:
Cut 2 pounds of sweet potatoes into chunks. Let it boil until it becomes tender. Add 2 tbsp of butter, ¼ tsp of salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and 1 tbsp of brown sugar along with the boiled sweet potato and mash. Add 1 egg while mixing altogether. Let it chill until it is firm. Form the potatoes into a ball shape and place mini marshmallows on the insides. Roll in 1 cup of gingersnap crumbs. Bake it on a cookie sheet for up to 10-15 minutes.
Cauliflower is a good source for vitamins such as C, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, and K. Its vitamin B3 alone is very helpful in the production of serotonin which plays an important role in producing a more balanced and stable mind. It also contains carotenoids, phytonutrients, and manganese.
Boil 1 head of cauliflower in a saucepan until it is tender. Put the boiled cauliflower and cooking liquid in a blender. Blend it until it becomes smooth. Last, add 3 tbsp of sour cream and 1 tbsp butter. Let it blend for a short moment. Season it with pepper and salt.
Asparagus provides a good source of folate, fiber, vitamins A, B12, E, and K. It also contains vitamin C which not only helps in alleviating anxiety. It also promotes proper functioning of the adrenal glands and improves brain chemistry. This simple asparagus recipe is so easy to prepare, go ahead have a try:
Boil water in a saucepan, add 1 bunch of asparagus and parboil it for just 2 minutes. Drain away the hot water. Mix the asparagus with 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of grated lemon rind and 2 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Eating delicious home cooked meals is like experiencing luxury at the comforts of our very own home.
About the Author:
Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. He now advocates healthy living as the best weapon against anxiety and depression. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.