The World Health Organization claims that stress could be the “health epidemic of the 21st century,” and for anyone trying to balance work, life, finances, and family, that claim may feel all too true.
While stress is sometimes unavoidable, there are natural ways to keep yourself energized and positive in the face of it. This week, our boxes are full of ingredients that help combat the effects of stress (uneven digestion, low energy, and breakouts, to name a few), while also providing all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to protect your immune and nervous systems.
Blueberry Walnut Cobbler
One of the best ways to keep you body free from the pain of stress is to focus on fighting inflammation, and this smoothie is perfect for that! Full of fiber, potassium and inflammation fighting antioxidants, regular consumption of blueberries has recently been connected to a healthier brain. Full Omega-3 fatty acids (which also help reduce inflammation), copper and manganese, walnuts may help protect against certain types of cancer. Combine these two superfoods with vitamin C-infused oranges, heart healthy oats and anti-inflammatory cinnamon, and you’ve got a pie-in-a-glass that’s also great for your health.
Lavender Plum Refresh
Low in sugar but high in fiber and potassium, fresh plums are a sweet treat that are only in season for a few months during the summer. In this version of a pie-in-a-glass, we’ve also included rhubarb for an additional dose of fiber and vitamins C and K, and cantaloupe for beta-carotene. Both hemp seeds (full of protein and anti-inflammatory Omega-3s) and lavender are great at promoting a calm, relaxed state, and collard greens — one of the only vegetables with protein — puts the “green” in this green smoothie, as well as calcium and iron.
Apricot Rose Hips
Rose hips, as well as apples, are full of vitamin C — one of the main vitamins for general well being. Apricots and carrots have a healthy serving of beta-carotene, which protects your skin against the physical manifestations of stress like blemishes. Add in some natural pea protein for extra energy, and this sweet treat doubles as a mind and body replenisher capable of getting you through even the busiest of days!
There are times when stress is unavoidable, and when those times happen, it’s more important than ever to give your body the nutrients it needs to fight off inflammation and germs, as well as stay energized. This light, nutritionally complete smoothie is full of vitamins like A, C, K, potassium and iron, as well as healthy fats and protein, which all work together to keep you lively and focused. A cup of coconut water rounds everything out with natural electrolytes, helping you stay hydrated and glowing.
With more vitamin C per serving than oranges, kiwis are an excellent food for keeping both your immune and nervous system strong during times of stress. Bananas and swiss chard are full of magnesium, a mineral that helps both your muscles and your mind relax. Add in a tablespoon of chia seeds for healthy fiber, protein and inflammation-reducing Omega-3s, and you have a low calorie breakfast that will help you relax while keeping you focused.