TIP OF THE WEEK

After weeks of staying at home, dealing with home schooling or wondering things will get back to normal, stress is bound to build up. Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety. While the stresses of a post-COVID world are still lingering, there are some foods that can relieve stress, according to Health.com.

These foods might help to stabilize your blood sugar or your emotional responses.

- Green leafy vegetables: These vegetables contain folate, which produces dopamine - a pleasure-inducing brain chemical, helping you keep calm.

- Turkey breast: Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps produce serotonin, which helps regulates hunger and feelings of happiness and well-being.

- Oatmeal: Carbohydrates can help the brain make serotonin, so opt for oatmeal instead of a doughnut.

- Yogurt: Studies have shown that the probiotics in yogurt reduce brain activity in areas that hand emotion, including stress.

- Salmon: The anti-inflammatory properties in fish with omega-3 fatty acids can help counteract the negative effects of stress hormones.

- Blueberries: The antioxidants and phytonutrients in berries help improve your body’s response to stress.

- Dark chocolate: Just a bite of dark chocolate has been shown to reduce your stress hormones, including cortisol.

- Seeds: Flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and sunflower sees are a good source of magnesium, which helps regulate emotions and alleviate depression, fatigue and irritability.

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EASY RECIPE

Crab and Summer Melon Salad

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients

4 cups diced seedless watermelon

2 cups diced cantaloupe

1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced

8 ounces jumbo lump crab meat

1/2 red onion, cut into quarters and thinly sliced

1 (0.75-ounce) package basil, leaves torn into bite-sized pieces

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 2 limes

2 tablespoons honey

1 habanero pepper, seeded and minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Steps

In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cantelope, cucumber, crab, red onion, and basil.

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, honey and habanero. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Garnish with additional basil, if desired, and serve chilled.

- SouthernKitchen.com

DRINK

Drinking coffee could reduce total body fat

According to scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in England, the compounds found in coffee other than caffeine could lead to reduced total body fat and obesity. Their research found that women of all age groups who drink three to four cups of coffee per day had lower total body fat and lower adiposity than women who drink less coffee.

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FUN FACT

Crackers

The reason crackers have holes in them is to prevent air bubbles from forming and ruining the finished product.

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