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Stressed? 7 stress relieving snacks

Feeling tired, overwhelmed, stressed, and in desperate need of nourishment?

How many times have you reached for the ice cream container in your freezer, or for the chocolate bar your kid hid in the closet? I will let you in on something; sugar causes your blood sugar to spike and then fall quickly, which can make your energy level dip, then you end up low in energy and stressed, and right where you started off!

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These are some snacks you can munch on without ever feeling guilty later on!

Cottage cheese: cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium, it won’t cause your sugar level to spike and will keep you satiated for a long time. (Add some fruits and you’re set!)

Asparagus: they are hugh in folic acid, which can help stabilize your mood. (I for one love asparagus and can munch on a whole bunch!)

Oranges: fruits that are high in vitamin C play a role in fighting stress because it’s an antioxidant.

Almonds: a good source of vitamin B2 and E. Vitamin E has been shown to fight free radicals associated with stress. You can read more about almonds here.

Blueberries: very rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, and also rich in stress-fighting vitamin C. (Eat alone or add some yogurt).

Cornflakes: fortified with vitamin B and folic acid, they help in reducing stress. (Try the low fat if you are watching your weight).

Bananas: They are the perfect choice because they contain potassium and vitamin B6, both stress-fighting substances.

And one of my all time favorite, baby carrots and celery sticks with hummus dip. But if you’re still craving for ice cream, try frozen yogurt instead!

*image via pepperlynn.com

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5 tips to an easier life!

 

As you know i am a mom of 4, half of them grown ups now thank god, but I still remember clearly how it was dealing with 4 little monsters (let’s be real here, they are only angels when they’re asleep!).

They say (I don’t know who THEY are) women are very good at multitasking; well try multitasking your job, four kids, your husband and your house! Ever felt like hiding under your comforter and let everything and everyone manage on their own?

I have some tips for you don’t you worry! First and foremost, believe me you are not alone in having these feelings. We are women after all, and sometimes we just need a break!

After talking to many working moms here and in my home country, I came up with a few tricks that will help make your life easier:

1 -Always prepare your kid’s clothes the night before. Always. No matter how tired you are, you will be grateful for that the next day!

 2-All kids should be in bed by a certain time, no negotiations. Mama time (and her glass of wine) is sacred.

 3-Before going to bed, get a big basket (your laundry basket will do just fine), go around the house and pick up everything that isn’t in its place. You will be amazed how waking up to a neat house makes you feel.

 4-Now this is a bit tricky, not everyone is organized, much less me, but try preparing your menu at the beginning of the week; get all the groceries you need, and prepare meals according to it. Life with children is already out of control, you don’t want to lose it at dinner time!

 5-Ask for help. From your husband, you mother ,your sister, your friends…They are all there for you. When you feel like your home is looking and feeling more and more like a nut house, that’s the time to call for help!

No one expects us to be perfect, we are all juggling to keep our life in balance, so try these tips, and let’s see if they work for you.

Have a lovely and stress-free weekend, xo..

 

 

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