There’s a lot of stress out there right now. Whether you are staying home for the foreseeable future or planning your return to work, you may be feeling stressed, anxious, and scared. If you are, there are many ways to take hold of these emotions. One is to use foods and drinks that fight stress and cortisol.

Why?

Cortisol, or the stress hormone, does more than just make you feel uneasy. When you experience chronic mental stress (as opposed to physical stress), your body can become more inflamed, sicker, and less motivated.

For your own mental health and productivity, use your diet to become healthier with better immune function, and less stressed. Here are 3 drinks to fight stress during COVID-19. You can drink them from the start of your day to the end.

3 Drinks to Fight Stress During COVID-19

1. Almond Butter Cacao Smoothie to Fight Stress in the Morning

Mix 1/4 cup almond butter, 3 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder, 1 scoop MCT powder (hazelnut flavor), 1 cup organic coconut milk, 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened), 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, and keto sweetener to taste in a blender. Pulse until well combined. Add ice/water as needed for desired consistency Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Info: 425 calories, 48 grams fat, 12 grams total carbs (6 grams net carbs), 6 grams fiber, 9 grams protein

How does this almond butter cacao smoothie fight stress?

It’s cacao. Cacao is a known stress-reducer that has been used for many years to elevate moods and reduce anxiety. In fact, a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concluded that eating high-cacao dark chocolate (at least 70%) can lower levels of cortisol.

2. Cold Brew Green Tea with Green Supreme Foods to Fight Stress During the Day

Place 2 tablespoons organic loose-leaf green tea in 64 ounces water in a large glass container. Allow to steep at room temp 45-60 minutes, or in refrigerator 2-4 hours. Strain out tea leaves. Refrigerate until serving. Serve 12-16 ounces in a glass. Stir in 1 scoop Fermented Green Supreme Foods. Add ice.

Nutrition Info: 425 calories, 48 grams fat, 12 grams total carbs (6 grams net carbs), 6 grams fiber, 9 grams protein

The stress buster?

Green tea. Both the tea itself and the Green Supreme Foods contain green tea, and it’s prime nutrient, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). It is responsible for most of the health benefits, of which there are many (2). They include:

  • Reduce cortisol levels when drinking green (or black) tea after a stressful activity
  • Reduced cholesterol plaques, free LDL cholesterol, and high blood pressure
  • Inhibition of the growth of cancer cells
  • Brain health support and possible reduction of damaged neurons from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (3)
  • Antibacterial properties that promote oral health in tea drinkers.
  • Eye health and reduction of diseases and glaucoma.

3. Evening Chamomile Latte to Fight Stress in the Evening

Pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over 3 tablespoons looseleaf chamomile tea in a large mug. Allow steeping for 5 minutes. Strain out the chamomile tea. Add 1 tablespoon grass-fed ghee 1 scoop vanilla MCT powder, 1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen, and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract into a blender. Add brewed tea into the blender. Pulse blender until ingredients are well combined and the tea is frothy (be careful to allow steam to escape). Pour tea back into the mug. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info: 151 calories, 17 grams fat, 1 gram total carbs (0 grams net carbs), 1 gram fiber, 16 grams protein

Chamomile is an aromatic flower and dried herb native to Eastern Europe. It works in the body as a mild sedative that can promote sleep at night and calm relaxation during the day.

Medicinally, it has been used to calm nerves and relieve stress and anxiety for centuries.

Bottom Line

From the time you wake up until you go to bed, you can choose foods and drinks that promote mental health, reduced stress, and overall wellness. Our 3 drinks that fight stress are perfect for a time like this when stress is at higher levels than normal. As part of a healthy lifestyle, stress-busting nutrients provide compounds that help us keep our brains in balance.