Sometimes, there is nothing better to satiate your hunger pangs than a nice, delicious sandwich. It is a deeply ingrained facet of the American culinary landscape. Sandwiches come in all shapes and sizes, which is excellent news for the health-conscious. Individuals who care about their body composition will undoubtedly choose the right ingredients when constructing their ideal version of the treat. This means picking the appropriate bread, remaining wary of potentially disastrous toppings like certain cheeses and most condiments, as well as getting more than enough veggies and lean proteins. However, you may be surprised to find there are three fairly common sandwich fillings which do more than just help you slim down and stay healthy physically.
These three foods can actually help you eat your way to a calmer, more peaceful state of mind while avoiding gaining weight (as is liable to happen from falling back on your typical comfort foods!). You may even drop pounds while relieving stress.
Turkey is an excellent, healthy source of protein. It is a sandwich staple, available widely and affordably. Just be sure to pick the healthy, less-processed versions. In addition to a great amount of protein, turkey also contain an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This causes serotonin to release naturally in your body, which creates a more relaxed state. This may in fact explain why one of the most common courses after the Thanksgiving turkey is…a satisfied nap!
Salmon and similar fatty fish are jam-packed of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies indicate that these omega-3 fatty acids are able to positively impact stress levels and diminish them. For example, a study out of the Ohio State University discovered that they decrease anxiety by as much as 20%. A similar published study shows salmon prevent stress hormones coritsol and adrenaline from skyrocketing. This fish is good news for your stress management.
Because avocados are so rich in potassium, they actually are able to reduce stress-related high blood pressure. You might be surprised to learn that avocados contain more potassium per serving than bananas!