A woman drinking a homemade orange creamsicle smoothie.

Try These Stress-Relieving Snacks

It’s no secret that nutrient-rich foods reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and lower blood pressure. If you’re interested in cooking stress-relieving snacks in your Chapel Hill apartment, start with these yummy options:

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Packed with vitamin C, orange creamsicle smoothies lower blood pressure and decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Even better, these desert-for-breakfast smoothies contain just three basic ingredients: orange juice, vanilla extract, and frozen bananas. Simply blend the ingredients together, and you’re good to go. Feel free to add chia seeds, flax seeds, nut butter, protein powder, and/or fat-free coconut milk to take it up a notch.

Grilled Salmon Burgers

For a healthy and delicious lunch, try grilled salmon burgers with avocado salsa. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, this tasty meal not only combats stress, but also works wonders for your skin and hair. The recipe calls for nutrient-dense ingredients, like poblano peppers, avocado, salmon, and fresh lemon or lime juice.

Warm Almond Milk

Warm almond milk with bananas and honey is the perfect bedtime treat. Almonds are full of vitamin B, which calms the nerves. In addition, warm milk and bananas encourage restful sleep. To prepare this snack, pulverize almonds to a powder in a food processor. Then, combine your almond powder, milk, honey, and cardamom into a saucepan and warm over medium heat. After 20 minutes, strain the liquid. Finally, add bananas, cook for two more minutes, and then serve.

Great food has the potential to dramatically improve your mood, so try whipping up some of these healthy, stress-relieving snacks. If cooking isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Southern Village is within minutes of incredible restaurant delivery options. If you’re interested in learning more about our apartments in Chapel Hill, NC, please contact us. We would love to introduce you to our community so that you can see firsthand all we have to offer.

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