Sometimes when things are getting overwhelming, a quick blitz of the nutribullet is all you need to get you calm, thinking clearly, and able to overcome any issue.
Here are my top 3 stress busting smoothies:
1.Carrot, lemon and ginger
Sometimes the classics are the best. Simple to blend up with some water, this will have you feeling better in no time, particularly if all the tension is giving you a headache. The lemon will top up your depleted levels of vitamin C for a start, which can be depleted when you are subjected to stress. And one of my favourites for juices and smoothies, ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping to relieve tension. Eating ginger will leave you feeling refreshed and calm, and aid in getting rid of any stress induced headaches!
2. Beetroot, fig and coconut butter smoothie
So most of us are already aware of the awesome medium-chain fatty acid, coconut oil! Well coconut butter is also suggested to aid in reducing stress due to its antioxidant properties. On top of this, Beetroots contain Betaine, which is an amino acid and antidepressant. It acts as a stimulant for the production of dopamine. This means it is going to make you feel good when you’re feeling low. The perfect solution to stress. As for the figs, well they just taste yummy – what wouldn’t make you happy about that?! Mix it all together with some coconut water for an indulgent feeling, thick and delicious smoothie.
3. Spinach, cucumber, apple and Spirulina
Dark leafy greens like spinach are rich in folate, which helps your body produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine. This will help combat any negative thoughts and feelings. On top of this, people who eat more fruits and vegetables generally report to feeling calmer, happier, and more energetic then those who eat mainly processed foods. Spirulina’s nutrient profile helps prevent depression, aids in reducing anxiety, and can give you a huge boost of energy. And cucumber and apple make it taste great, so don’t forget those!
Want to experiment with your own smoothies? Here are a few more great ingredients to help combat stress:
Matcha powder, from tea leaves, contains an amino acid called L-theanine. Researchers at the University of Illinois say that in addition to protecting against some types of cancer, this slimming food is a brain booster as well, enhancing mental performance. Perfect for helping you to solve stressful situations!
Flavanol is an anti-inflammatory and heart protective antioxidant found in raw cacao, and may protect against cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke, and help improve blood circulation. This assistance in lowering of blood pressure is exactly what you need in times of stress!
Blueberries have some of the highest levels of an antioxidant known as anthocyanin, and they’ve been linked to all kinds of positive health outcomes, including sharper cognition. But all berries, including strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to be helpful in combating stress.