Blueberries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants, and they've been linked to all kinds of positive health outcomes. But all berries, including strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to be helpful in combating stress.
Cashews are great snacks, and because they are crunchy and a little salty, they cure many cravings. Cashews are an especially good source of zinc. A 1-ounce serving has 11% of your RDA. Low levels of zinc have been linked to both anxiety and depression. Since our bodies have no way of storing zinc, it's important to get some every day.
3. Chamomile Tea
This is probably one of the most recommended bedtime soothers around. I've always loved it because the flowers are so pretty, like tiny daisies. But now there's more evidence than ever that chamomile calms.
Besides the healthy antioxidants in this treat, which push chocolate to the top of most heart-healthy food lists, it has an undeniable link to mood. In particular, dark chocolate, is known to lower blood pressure, adding to a feeling of calm.
A little more than just a comfort food, porridge is a complex carbohydrate. It causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Not only does serotonin have antioxidant properties, it also creates a soothing feeling that helps overcome stress. Studies have shown that people who eat oatmeal for breakfast stay sharper throughout the morning (probably why I'm so smart).
6. Ice Cream
Now, this one isn't scientifically proven.. BUT. Don't you guys just feel amazing after eating it? You really can't beat a tub of Ben & Jerry's phish food when you're feeling low, right? Mix this with dark chocolate and your serotonin levels will be through the roof (dont quote me on that, please).