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I'm A Clinical Psychologist & This Is The One Snack I Swear By To Ease Anxiety
Sep 23, 2021 | mindbodygreen
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Easing anxiety takes more than a quick fix. Sure, in-the-moment tricks deserve honorable mention (take this intentional breathing practice, for example), but it's also important to recruit helpful habits for the long haul. And this is where nutrition comes into play: "Food is a big piece [of anxiety], and unfortunately food and nutrients don't get talked about enough," says clinical psychologist and board-certified nutritionist Nicole Beurkens, Ph.D., CNS, on the mindbodygreen podcast. You eat every day, multiple times a day—so why not indulge in foods that can support a balanced mood?

As for the best foods for anxiety, experts have their fan favorites. Beurkens? "One of my big hero foods is pumpkin seeds," she declares.

Why pumpkin seeds are great for brain health. 

Pumpkin seeds are chock-full of healthy minerals (just check out their glowing USDA nutrition profile): "We've got zinc, we've got magnesium, we've got good amounts of iron," notes Beurkens—not to mention they also boast a fair amount of omega-3s. "They're a real powerhouse in terms of brain function," she adds.

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