We often forget about food when it comes to managing our stress. How often we eat, and what we’re eating play a huge role in our overall health as well as our our bodies ability to manage stress.
If you skip breakfast or lunch, your body goes into a state of stress. Unsure of when it’s going to get its next meal, it’s start tapping into energy reserves.
Doesn’t that just sound stressful?
Imagine how your body must feel.
Eating frequently and mindfully is a great way to make sure you’re maintaining adequate blood sugar levels, and fueling your body with whole foods instead of just caffeine from a cup of coffee.
Outside of breakfast, lunch, and dinner – a mindful snack can also be your tiny break in a busy day when you’re not thinking about work, kids, laundry, and what’s for dinner.
For instance, if you decide to snack on a banana at work. Instead of mindlessly eating while you’re typing up an email to your coworker. You could take five minutes to sit in front of your computer and fully enjoy the banana.
How does it smell? How does the texture feel in your mouth? How does the peel feel in your hand? Chew slowly and take a few deep breaths between bites.
I bet you didn’t know eating a banana could be so relaxing. But the truth is eating, can be a great form of meditation, and having a snack a creates the perfect space for that.
Prepping your snacks ahead of time can also be a fun and meditative experience. If you have children, you can include them in your snack prep. Counting applies slices and making “Mama’s Bliss Balls!” could be a wonderful Sunday afternoon activity.
Here are a few of my favorite healthy snacks:
- Apple slices & nut butter
- Half an avocado drizzled with Olive Oil and sprinkled with Pink Salt, Black Pepper, and Paprika.
- Mixed Nuts & Seeds (Pumpkin, Sunflower, Walnuts, Almonds)
- Hummus & veggies
- Coconut Yogurt with Fruit
- A piece of Fruit
- A small Green Smoothie
One of my absolute favorite snacks that also doubles as a delicious dessert, are “Bliss Balls”. This particular recipe is great for moms or women with hormonal issues. It has Maca which helps boost energy, relieve stress, and balance hormones. Ashwagandha, an adaptogen which helps your body adapt to stress and balance hormones. And it’s loaded with healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Yum!
Enjoy the recipe below:
Salted Caramel Maca Bliss Balls
- 1 Cup pitted Medjool Dates
- 1/2 cup Cashews (soaked for at least one hour)
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (Melted)
- 1 Vanilla Bean
- 1 tsp. Pink Salt
- 1/4 tsp Ashwagandha
- 1 tbsp Maca Root
- Desiccated Coconut
- Chopped Nuts
- Hemp Hearts
Combine all ingredients in a food processor (or high-powered blender)
Blend until combined. Roll tablespoon size portion into ball shapes and then roll in desired toppings.
Place on parchment paper and in the fridge to cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Bri Braggs is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Reiki Practitioner, and Doula. She is the creator and curator of Fertile Alchemy, a health and wellness website designed to inspire a new narrative around fertility and women’s health.
In both her practice, and her life Bri takes a holistic approach to health and wellness. She does not focus on diets and restrictions, and instead focuses on creating healthy habits and eating a nourishing diet. Bri helps her clients meet their goals in the areas such as: stress reduction, hormonal balance, preconception planning, achieving optimal weight, and energetic healing.