60-SECOND Nutrition Hack

Stress-busting snacks

Feeling anxious about the end-of-summer/back-to-school crush? No worries, there’s a snack for that! Add these calming foods into your daily diet for instant zen. They’ll curb the 3 p.m. munchies and help you relax.

 Pumpkin seeds Nibbling on potassium-rich foods like pumpkin seeds can help to regulate blood pressure and reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. These super seeds are also loaded with zinc, which is essential for brain and nerve development. Some research has shown that a zinc deficiency can negatively affect mood. Toss them on a small salad or add them to a trail mix.

Chamomile tea A cuppa can be just the thing to soothe jangled nerves. Next time, make it chamomile. A study published in the medical journal Phytomedicine, found that the herb significantly reduced symptoms for patients with generalized anxiety disorder. Swap it for your usual afternoon tea, or better yet, coffee, on super stressy days.

Yogurt Some research shows that dairy products, including yogurt, can have an anti-inflammatory effect, combatting the stress and anxiety that can result from chronic inflammation. Plus, fermented foods (like yogurt) are good for your gut health, which many studies have linked to mental health. Take a mini cup to go or dig into a yogurt parfait, adding chopped fruit, nuts and/or seeds.