When the alarm goes off at six in the morning and when you rush into your office beating the rush hour, ufff... we just can't come up describing the evening after facing all the drills.
After all the stress, pressure, tension and exasperating demands, we all, including myself would want nothing more than burying ourselves into a large pit!
But then why subject ourselves to such brutality when there is still the prospect of 'rejuvenation' before you call it a night? And I'm sure, as far as there is something called comfort food; there is still the ray of hope!
Our dear faithful readers, Bawarchi brings you the 10 most needed comfort food that your system will happily appreciate after that horrendous day of yours!
And before I forget, we are also giving you a box full of recipes that can be made with these comfort food. So, go ahead pick the one you like the most and head to shooo away your stress.
Text: Poornima Hariharan
After a long and lengthy tiring day, one of the best comfort food to enhance a human's mood is Asparagus. What makes us place asparagus in the top place? All for its 'rich in folic acid content'!
Apparently, a claim that is making rounds is that depression can take an upper hand when folic acid is at its lowest and here we have asparagus, that's abundant in the latter.
Just a cup of this food can offer you the maximum of folic acid on a daily basis and what more; you can add this comfort food to any meal of your choice. Just sauté it and add it to your omelette, meat, poultry and if you are a vegetarian, you can as well consume it along with salads.
Another reason for depression is lack of Vitamin B that might as well give way to anxiety. But why worry when there is Avocado?
This amazing little tiny fruit brims with Vitamin B and consuming it regularly relieves stress in a way that surprises you.
Another bonanza - grab avocado and keep your blood pressure at low. This is because, avocados are rich in potassium and monounsaturated fat.
Well, when you reach the point where you just can't take it anymore, grab a few avocados, whip up a milkshake and enjoy! Sure, watching stress disappear is utter fun!
These might look like just some tiny little fruits that we can munch on to satiate our hunger pangs but trust Bawarchi, this awesome little berries are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants make them the sole destroyer of stress.
These also have the potential to protect and repair body cells.
Bored of having plain blueberries? Here is an idea... take fresh blueberries and plain full fat yogurt. Go ahead and make your own blueberry yogurt and eat it frozen after several hours keeping it in freezer. Yummm.. your health and mood, both are back to form!
Indeed consuming milk is the best way to get the 'vibrant you' back. It's an age old belief that one glass of milk during night can treat fidgetiness and insomnia.
Milk is one of those drinks that are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, calcium and protein. Apparently, the protein called lactium lowers our blood pressure and offers calmness.
Similarly, the potassium that is present in milk will take care of muscle spasms that are triggered due to stress. If you are someone who just doesn't have the habit of consuming milk, well, start drinking and crush the evil called stress!
The best thing about almonds is, this eater-friendly nut can be found everywhere and they are even easier to devour. Almonds are great for stress especially for the Vitamin E and Vitamin B2 it has got. When stress hits hard, just remember to consume a handful of almonds for these nutrients is sure to boost your immune system.
We know everyone loves to have some variety in their food especially after a long day. To keep your taste bud happy, just spread some almond butter to your fruit or bread slices or even better if you can consume almond milk every night (just imagine the kind of benefit you will get with this combination). This way, effortlessly curb your stress as simple as that!
For every health conscious person, oranges are a best friend especially for the plethora of Vitamin C. This super good vitamin can have a check on your blood pressure and controls cortisol, stress hormone.
For getting abundance of Vitamin C, simply eat a few orange pieces on a daily basis or drink a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
There we are! Vitamin C to your system in a minute!
Now it looks like all the sea food lovers can fight stress with 'fun' especially if they are going to fight it with salmons.
Rich in the fatty acids omega-3, salmons keeps check on your adrenaline and cortisol when you stress takes an upper hand.
Consume salmons thrice a week and protect your heart when the stress hormone goes off the track.
Another amino acid rich food is Turkey for it has got the fabulous tryptophan – that encourages brain to produce serotonin, a feel good chemical that provides calmness to your system. Hey stress heads!
Now don't wait for the next Thanksgiving to sink your teeth on this great good food. Just take a few bites every now and then and beat stress to death!
Vegetarians who are in real need of serotonin, the best option you have here is getting as much of oatmeal as possible for they just provide you this feel good chemical in excess.
We suggest you go for rolled oats rather than the instant ones for they are rich in fiber and lasts for longer period of time.
You could think what comfort this leafy vegetable could offer us but when we are talking about spinach, it's all the comfort you need!
Abundant in magnesium, spinach regulates the cortisol and offers wellbeing. To get spinach into your system, simply cook it along with your eggs or make spinach rice, or add a few leaves in your salad and soup!