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Green smoothie for stress relief

This delicious Stress Relieving Green Smoothie is made with superfoods that may naturally reduce stress and anxiety.

Vegetarian | Vegan Options | Gluten Free

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I’m a bit behind in kicking off this new year. To be honest, life has been pretty stressful. No one is immune to moments like this. This. Is. Life.

We juggle a multitude of responsibilities and stress ourselves out over giving each one our very best. Throw current world events on top of it all and it becomes no wonder we are all seeking ways to manage stress.

This delicious Stress Relieving Green Smoothie is made with superfoods that may naturally reduce stress and anxiety. From @tasteLUVnourish www.tasteloveandnourish.com #smoothie #stressrelief #avocado #spinach #protein #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast

I’ve done some research on this and have found that certain foods can actually help reduce stress. By no means does this imply that drinking this smoothie alone will banish any stress or anxiety in your life, but, combined with a plan that works for you, this is a healthy and tasty added bonus.

Let’s look at the ingredients and see what makes this work and why…

Spinach – Leafy greens are a great source of folate, a B Vitamin that can help your body produce serotonin and dopamine. Spinach is also rich in magnesium. Many of the ingredients in this smoothie are also high in magnesium for good reason.

When our bodies are under stress, we become at risk of being deficient in magnesium. Magnesium can reduce stress hormones, reduce inflammation, and relax our nerves. “…Magnesium plays an important role in biochemical reactions all over your body.”

Yogurt – Adding yogurt to this smoothie is beneficial for several reasons. Yogurt is a type of fermented food. Fermented foods contain beneficial bacteria that impact your mood. Yogurt is also a great source of magnesium.

To keep this vegan, use a good quality vegan yogurt with probiotics.

Avocado – Creamy avocado is loaded with nutrients like B Vitamins, such as folate, Vitamin E, potassium and magnesium. Avocados also keep us feeling full. That paired with glucose regulating magnesium, can keep glucose levels steady, preventing mood swings.

Banana – High in potassium and a great source of magnesium, the banana in this smoothie is a perfect way to add a bit of sweetness.

Almond Milk – Almonds are a good source of Vitamin E and magnesium. Use unsweetened almond milk to control sugar.

Cinnamon, Turmeric and Nutmeg – Each of these spices have health benefits. Cinnamon can regulate glucose levels. Turmeric, considered a super superfood, is loaded with antioxidants and can increase blood flow. Nutmeg has been used over the ages to ease anxiety.

This delicious Stress Relieving Green Smoothie is made with superfoods that may naturally reduce stress and anxiety. From @tasteLUVnourish www.tasteloveandnourish.com #smoothie #stressrelief #avocado #spinach #protein #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast

Let’s face it…no matter what voodoo magic this smoothie may have, if it doesn’t taste good, who cares, right? When developing this recipe, my first focus was finding the right ingredients, but I will say, I was so pleasantly surprised by how delicious this was.

The avocado gives the smoothie a silky texture and it tastes perfectly sweet from the banana with hints of spice. I love it so much…I usually drink both servings!

I’ve compiled a list below of things I personally utilize to naturally manage stress. Although there is no magic wand on that list that will forever remove stress, anxiety or depression, there are some useful and comforting techniques that have helped me. I hope they help you, too.

So, while it’s still sort of the New Year…let me wish you all peace, happiness, good health…and a big fat hug from me.

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My favorite ways to reduce stress:

  • Yoga – I’ve been doing Yoga with Adriene for several years. Adriene is so chill. She makes yoga fun, doable for any level and has videos targeting specific needs. Just type “stress” into the search bar on her YouTube channel…I guarantee you’ll find a few moments of bliss.
  • Aromatherapy – Head to your local health food store or take a peek at this lavender oil. The scent of lavender can be so relaxing (so can chamomile). I put some in a spray bottle with distilled water and witch hazel to create a natural room spray. I spray everything with it…even myself! I also just got an awesome oil diffuser from my sweet daughter for Christmas. I LOVE it! I run it ALL day long!
  • Meditation – Taking even just a minute out of your day to find a quiet spot, close your eyes, take some slow, deep long breathes can do wonders. It can be as simple as that or you can find some great resources for easy guided meditation for all levels. I’ve found some great apps that make it easy to meditate anywhere. Look for: Headspace or Stop, Breathe & Think. I love them both.
  • Gratitude – Acknowledging what we are grateful for can be as simple as writing a single word on a piece of paper at the end of each day. I personally don’t always write it down…but I try to think of one thing that I’m thankful for each day. I usually do it when I’m meditating, at the end of a yoga session or simply when I feel the need to find some goodness.
  • Exercise – As much as I’d rather just do yoga all day long…cardio does wonders for my mood.  Admittedly, the first fifteen to twenty minutes in, I’m calculating how much longer I’m going to last, but after that twenty minute mark…I start feeling so much better!

What are some of your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Information is based on my own experiences, beliefs and extensive research. The information contained in this post is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. All diet decisions should be made with approval of your health care provider. 

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Stress: it seems like everyone is experiencing it, and based on data from the American Institute of Stress, stress is certainly on the rise and is taking both an emotional and physical toll. Their research showed that 49% of adults stated that their behavior has been negatively affected by the increased stress. Needless to say, we all need to channel our inner calm! The good news? There are so many ways to seamlessly sneak stress-busting techniques into your daily routine — from exercise and meditation to fine-tuning your sleep and work schedule, a calmer, healthier you is within reach. 

But, did you know that utilizing food can be another powerful resource and tool to help you manage and lessen feelings of stress? There are so many foods with research-backed benefits for stress. Whether it’s supporting a healthy gut or fueling your mind and body with stress-busting vitamins and minerals, staving off stress with your diet is easier than you think.

 Ahead, learn more about stress-busting foods, plus why blending some of these ingredients into a stress-relieving smoothie may be a beneficial addition to your current wellness routine. 

RELATED: 7 Stress-Busting Foods: Expert Approved 

What Are Stress-Relieving Foods?

Stress-relieving foods are packed with a spectrum of essential nutrients to help your brain combat the physiological experience of anxiety and stress. There are a few key nutrients that have been found through research that help to decrease anxiety and stress in both human and rat models. Let’s take a look at some specific ingredients and how they can help you manage your stress and anxiety.

Stress-Relieving Smoothie Ingredients

#1 Cashews

Whether you’re loading up your smoothie with cashew milk, cashew butter, or raw cashews, these creamy nuts make a yummy and healthy stress-busting addition to any smoothie. Cashews are rich in zinc and magnesium, both of which have been linked to help lower feelings of stress and anxiety. Magnesium has been shown to be a major player in helping to regulate specific neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for our mood. In times of stress, magnesium is excreted by the body, making magnesium something to replenish, particularly in times of stress. Pumpkin seeds are also an excellent source of both zinc and magnesium and can easily be added to smoothies.

Here are some combinations to try:

  • Raw cashews + frozen strawberries + banana + vanilla extract + non-dairy milk

  • Cocoa + cashew butter + cashew milk + banana + spinach 

  • Blueberries + chia seeds + cashew butter + cashew milk

#2 Spinach

Leafy greens are incredibly nutrient-dense and will give you the array of nutrients that your mental health needs to thrive. Like cashews and pumpkin seeds, spinach is packed with magnesium. Spinach is also plentiful in Vitamin C, making spinach an excellent anti-inflammatory food. This is important because anxiety is thought to be correlated with a low total antioxidant state, which necessitates the need for adding more anti-inflammatory foods in your diet when you are experiencing stress. Plus, you can’t taste it! The perfect stress-busting addition for picky eaters.

Ready for a green pick-me-up? Try these yummy blends:

  • Spinach + mango + coconut water + ginger + pineapple

  • Banana + spinach + cacao + non-dairy milk + nut butter 

  • Berries + spinach + oat milk + rolled oats + flax seed 

#3 Berries 

Berries are the perfect addition to any smoothie because of their high antioxidant content, including phenolic compounds and Vitamin C, helping to lower levels of inflammation in the body and brain. Try switching up your berries (with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries) — this will allow you to soak up all their diverse nutrients! 

Here are some delicious berry blends: 

  • Frozen berries + almond milk + splash of full-fat coconut milk + ground flax + almond butter + cinnamon + optional spinach and cinnamon

  • Greek or coconut yogurt + frozen berries + honey + cinnamon + chia seeds + non-dairy milk 

  • Kale + banana + avocado + frozen berries + non-dairy milk + optional almond butter 

#4 Cacao

 

Cacao and dark chocolate are rich in flavonoids, plant compounds that have been shown to give us health benefits. They are also abundant in magnesium and zinc, making them a perfect stress-relieving food addition to your smoothie. Try adding a handful of raw cacao nibs or a tablespoon of unsweetened cacao powder for a healthy chocolate boost!

Try these blends, featuring cacao:  

  • Cacao + peanut butter + banana + non-dairy milk

  • Almond butter + cacao + frozen blueberries + spinach + non-dairy milk

  • Avocado + almond butter + cacao + protein powder + almond milk + vanilla extract + cinnamon

#5 Avocado 

Another perfect anti-inflammatory food to add to your smoothie is avocado as they are packed with magnesium and healthy fats. Avocados also contain an array of B vitamins, which are particularly important for your mood and overall mental health. Try adding frozen avocado cubes to your smoothie for added creaminess. 

Here are some delicious combos to try: 

  • Almond butter + avocado + cacao + banana + optional spinach 

  • Almond milk + avocado + spinach + mixed berries + flax or hemp seeds

  • Banana + avocado + honey + almond milk + hemp seeds

#6 Yogurt

Yogurt contains helpful bacteria that improve the health of our gut as well as our mental health as there is a strong connection between our gut health and our mental wellbeing. One study from 2017 reports that consuming more fermented foods such as yogurt was associated with lower levels of social anxiety. Other foods rich in probiotics may also help to decrease levels of inflammation in the body.

Here are some gut-healthy smoothie blends to try:

  • Greek or coconut yogurt + mixed tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya, banana) + oat or coconut milk

  • Strawberry + banana + chia seeds + Greek or coconut yogurt + almond milk

  • Greek yogurt + oranges + vanilla extract + vanilla almond milk

#7 Oats 

From warming oat-filled breakfast bowls to easy-prep overnight oats, there are so many ways to enjoy oats for breakfast. Thanks to their many nutrients, they’re great for boosting your overall health! Rich in complex carbs and fiber, oats can help to balance your blood sugar, and aid gut health, two very important factors when it comes to supporting your body and combatting stress. Plus, oats are loaded with energy-boosting nutrients (like B vitamins and minerals such as iron, and magnesium) that can help support your mood and prevent fatigue! 

Try these oat-based smoothie blends:

  • Strawberries + raspberries + rolled oats + chia seeds + protein powder + almond milk + optional spinach

  • Almond or oat milk + almond butter + rolled oats + cinnamon + apple

  • Greek or coconut yogurt + rolled oats + blueberries or strawberries + chia seeds + honey

#8 Matcha 

In addition to coloring your smoothie with a beautiful green hue, matcha offers major stress support. For starters, unlike coffee, matcha offers a steady stream of energy without the jitters or afternoon crash. 

Plus, thanks to its powerful antioxidants (namely ECEG, an inflammation-busting plant compound found in matcha) this vibrant green powder comes with some anti-inflammatory properties. 

Here are some ways to enjoy a matcha-filled smoothie:

  • Banana + honey + matcha + spinach + almond milk

  • Matcha + wild blueberries + banana + oat milk + optional yogurt

  • Almond milk + avocado + frozen mango + matcha + spinach 

#9 Beets

Beets might seem like an unusual smoothie ingredient, but they’re actually a yummy addition with a little know-how! And, thanks to their rich folate levels, they make a great stress-busting addition. Folate has been shown to benefit mental and cognitive health. 

Plus, beets are an amazing all-natural energy booster (the perfect pre-workout pick-me-up). Try skipping your afternoon coffee for a beet-infused smoothie — you’ll avoid that cortisol spike and crash (and thus, support your stress)! 

Here’s how to enjoy them in your smoothie:

  • Strawberries + banana + beets + almond milk + flax + cinnamon + option for lemon + fresh ginger  

  • Beets + Greek yogurt + almond butter + cacao + cinnamon + vanilla extract + cauliflower rice (to thicken) + almond milk

  • Cherries + beets + banana + almond or cashew butter + almond milk + optional protein powder 

#10 Turmeric 

As the king of spices, this anti-inflammatory powerhouse has the ability to quell stress and help you reconnect with your inner calm. According to research, curcumin — the active ingredient in turmeric — may help with stress. A sprinkle in your smoothie goes a long way! 

Here’s how to enjoy this golden spice in your blend:

  • Pineapple + banana + fresh or ground turmeric + fresh or ground ginger + non-dairy milk

  • Coconut water + kale + pineapple + turmeric + ginger + chia seeds + optional banana

  • Mixed berries + ground turmeric + oat or almond milk + almond butter + baby spinach or kale + yogurt or banana + honey

Mix and Match to Make a Delicious Stress-Relieving Smoothie

Ready to incorporate some of these delicious foods into your diet? I would encourage you to experiment by adding different combinations of these foods with other fruits and leafy greens to get the perfect stress-relieving smoothie that your brain and your taste buds love. 

This is my go-to smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk

  • One handful of spinach

  • One tablespoon of cacao powder

  • One handful of blueberries

  • ½ of a banana 

Directions:

Blend and enjoy! 

Supercharge Your Diet With Stress-Busting Foods 

While we often think about the role food plays in our physical wellbeing, research also shows a connection between certain foods and mental wellness. Consider supercharging your diet with these stress-relieving foods by starting with a simple daily smoothie. It’s a quick and easy addition to a healthy eating plan that may make a big impact. 

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