By Kieran Maloney
Ah, election week. Such a pivotal time that sets the country’s fate for the following four years. Not all of us agree on some of the candidates standings, but we can agree on one thing; November 8th is a stressful day. So, how exactly do we cope with this political insanity? Stress-eat our way to election day! Here are some simple & healthy stress-relieving snacks to get you through this one-of-a-kind presidential election.
Avocado & Bananas: Both these fruits are full of potassium which is good for keeping your blood pressure low. This gluten-free & vegan snack recipe is deliciously easy, so you can share with all your friends!
Cut up 1 banana into disc slices and 1 avocado into cubes and place in a bowl. Drizzle with ½ teaspoon of olive oil and top with fresh ground pepper.
Tea: This healthier alternative to your morning cup o’ joe will relax and sooth your nerves for the day. Pick your favorite blend and brew it hot or cold. Even check out what the Bailey Tea Team has in stock! I recommend their Exhale blend of calming lavender, chamomile, and peppermint.
Carrots: Beat your cravings for sweets by cooking up some carrots! Because of the high fiber and carbohydrate content in root vegetables, serotonin production is boosted to help blood flow (serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter). Raw carrots are sweet because of the vitamins and minerals that are good for blood pressure and heart healthy! If you want to add a bit more pizzazz to your carrots, try this simple carrot chip recipe.
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Wash, peel, and thinly slice 2 large carrots and place on a bowl along with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil (or melted coconut oil) & 1/8 teaspoon sea salt. After the sliced are covered, place evenly on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. (Make sure to keep an eye toward the end of cooking time, these chips can turn crispy to burnt very quickly!)
Nuts: Block any chance of harmful germs affecting your health by boosting your immune systems with vitamins and zinc.
Put together a trail mix using walnuts, pistachios, and almonds along with some of your other favorite bite sized snacks. Add a handful of dark chocolate chunks (not only delicious, but boosts your mood and lowers stress levels), raisins, or whole wheat mini pretzels (containing the same boost of serotonin as dark chocolate).
Spinach: This simple switch in your afternoon salad contains a high amount of magnesium that gives you a sense of calm we’re all searching for at this point of the election. Use spinach as your leafy green in your salad and top with your favorites. For more spinach inspiration recipes click here.
I hope these healthy alternatives help boost your election week stresses. Don’t forget to vote next week and keep these recipes in mind for future stressful exams or quizzes. It’s amazing how food can change your mood. Enjoy!