Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
Almonds look great naked! Try soaking some regular raw almonds overnight, peel them, then grab a handful or two and go to munch on all day long.
Natural fiber in the almonds will keep your digestion healthy during even the most stressful days, not to mention vitamin E to keep your skin silky smooth.
And while we’re thinking “green," matcha is a green tea from Japan that is 10 times stronger than regular green tea and is packed with antioxidants, beta-Carotene, l-theanine (an amino acid known to reduce stress and anxiety and heighten mental clarity), catechins (for beautiful skin) and, yes, caffeine, but not caffeine that causes a jittery-shaky sensation. Matcha also contains fiber, vitamins and minerals and boosts metabolism. Just add ½ - 1 teaspoon to your morning green smoothie for all-day energy.
Quinoa salads are my favorite go-to meal… to-go! They're great for the end of summer when your body is craving a hearty meal, but still wants to keep cool. Cook some quinoa early in the week, leave it in the fridge, then add to a container with your favorite veggies, avocado, nuts or seeds, spices and dressing, and greens and eat wherever or whenever you can.
Chocolate may have a bad reputation, but in cacao form, it’s actually a beauty food extraordinaire! Cacao is rich in magnesium, a very important mineral during periods of high stress — it has a natural ability to both calm the nerves and give you energy. Cacao is rich in anti-aging antioxidants, and nourishes, hydrates and protects the skin thanks to its high vitamin and mineral content.
This algae is packed with protein and nutrients including chlorophyll, iron and the elusive B12. It's one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, so a little goes a long way. Add 1 teaspoon — 1 tablespoon of Spirulina powder to your morning smoothie, or blend into a soup with avocado, cucumber, veggies and spices for an on-the-go liquid meal to keep you going all day.