The Mindful Munch: Stress-Reducing Spring Bite
by Carina Sohaili of Vibrant Healthy Life
One of my favorite stress-reducing spring bites that I always suggest to clients is my zesty lemon avocado mash. The perfect 3 p.m. pick-me-up.
Mash up half of a medium avocado (the ideal snack size), and add a dash of sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon. If you are on the run or at work, simply do a
little planning in advance. Just like any muscle, the more you practice planning, the easier it gets.
First and foremost, the myth that fat is bad drives me crazy. Avocados are packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats have been proven to reduce stress as well as increase post-meal satisfaction levels. Moreover, avocados contain plant protein to keep you full for a longer amount of time, give you lasting energy, and curb unhealthy junk food cravings.
Avocados also contain vitamin E. Vitamin E reverses damaging free radicals that contribute to aging. Say bye to those pesky crow’s feet around your eyes and fine lines. Adding the lemon will help reduce stomach bloating (for more de-bloating tips, check out my old piece here), strengthen immunity, and help clear up blemishes due to the high vitamin C content. (For more quick and easy skin-clearing snacks, you can check out my most recent television appearance here).
Lemon also will prevent this splendid spring bite from turning brown if you are at work. If you are craving a crunchy munch instead of a mash, try dipping in some freshly sliced red bell peppers, which are huge immune system boosters and loaded with skin-clearing vitamin C. What are you waiting for? Stop being stressed and step into spring.