Stress is something that affects all of our bodies in many different ways. In fact, stress can also have an effect on how we eat. But the good thing is changing something as simple as our diet can actually benefit our stress levels. So I have put together a list of 10 foods that reduce stress which will put a new spin on the whole comfort foods idea.

stress relief for mothers

Comfort foods, I am sure we have all heard the term (or even used it), but are those food comforting in the way that our bodies really need. Think about it? Are you a stress eater? Do you grab a bowl of ice cream after an emotional event in your life? But, the real question is, did that bowl of ice cream really relieve your stress? I know it didn’t help me in the past.

There is a big difference between foods being comforting and using food as a comforting crutch. Am I right? When you take away the food the stress is still there? So, we need to learn which foods actually calm our bodies and allow us to reduce stress not hide it for a few moments while we indulge.

These foods provide certain nutritional value allowing us to conquer whatever situation we may face. For mothers, that is a definite plus. So come on moms (and dads, you are welcome to check it out too) don’t you want to know what foods can bring down those stress levels. You probably have some of them laying around right now!

For Foods That Cause Stress Read Here


1. AvocadosFruit: Avocado Isolated on White Background

The mono-saturated fat in these delicious little green guys reduces blood sugar that leads to anxiety. A single serving is about a quarter of one avocado and is packed with vitamin B which is great for energy, what mom doesn’t need that?

Avocados are fattening so don’t be tempted to eat too much.

Avocados have more potassium than bananas and help keep blood pressure low and also helps prevent hypertension. They are one of the best fruits to relieve stress. You can use them in many different ways from salads to sandwiches.


2. Berries

Strawberries on White

All berries; including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, are high in vitamin C, which through studies has been shown to reduce stress. I like to keep frozen berries in my home and my kids add them to their pancake and waffle batter. You can also make smoothies if you like.


3. Cashews

Pile of cashew nuts

Nuts, you gotta love them right? They are great tasting and convenient. They come in a variety of flavors and you can fit them in your purse. They are good for losing weight and they have many health benefits. Cashews are one of my favs! The taste is unique and like no other. Low levels of zinc have been linked to anxiety and depression and since cashews are high in zinc they are a great way to maintain your RDA levels. One serving of cashews (100 g) there is 39% of the RDA amount of zinc. So grab a handful and enjoy! Just remember they are high in calories.


4. Chamomile Tea

Macro shot of wild camomiles


Chamomile is a go-to for many women. It has many benefits and is used in many different products. The tea is one of the most recommended products for sleep, in fact, there is more and more proof of the actual benefits now. All you have to do is drink a cup before bed every night and it helps relax you so you can rest. With rest, you can reduce stress and fight other health problems. I prefer iced tea myself.


For more Herbal Teas for stress relief click here

5. Chocolate

chocolate milk

Awww chocolate, something a lot of us women grab when we are in a mood. But, did you know that there is evidence that chocolate does actually make you feel better?

Yes! My excuse to keep the whole box to myself will finally pay off.

Dark chocolate, especially, lowers blood pressure which helps to calm you down, because it has more polyphenols and flavonols, two important antioxidants. But moderation is still key. A once a week indulgence and you can still maintain a healthy weight.

So don’t be afraid to accept that box chocolate for Mother’s Day, you deserve it and now you know you can use it.


6. Garlic

Garlic bulb split open

I am not sure if this goes well in everyone’s kitchen but my family loves Garlic with a capital L. I use it as much as possible. So much I can’t remember the last time I kissed my husband, Lol. Just kidding!

Garlic has many health benefits, boy I sound like a broken record. I guess you can say all the foods on this list do. But, garlic is great. It has a lot of antioxidants that fight heart disease, cancer, and the common cold.  It reduces fatigue and stress levels in the body. So basically garlic is a healthy serum that helps us live longer.


7.  Green Tea

Matcha/ Green Tea powder and fresh green tea leaves

Mainly known for its antioxidants that help boost the metabolism, green tea is also a brain booster as well and helps with mental performance. It is high in caffeine so it isn’t good for those with hypertension.  One of the reasons my husband must avoid it but I love it iced. It is one of my favorite teas. It is recommended that you drink two cups a day.


8. Oatmeal


Oatmeal on a white background

Oatmeal comes in many forms, from cookies to bars to cereal. So getting it in your diet is not a problem at all. Oatmeal causes our brains to produce serotonin ( an antioxidant which causes a soothing effect) which calms you. Studies have shown, a bowl of oatmeal in the morning gives children the mental clarity to make it through the day. So grab a bowl mom and sit down with your kids.


9. Oranges


Fresh orange

Oranges, not one of my favorite fruits weirdly. I prefer the juice myself only, but that is high in sugar. However, I can’t deny the amount of vitamin C in these bright guys. Vitamin C clears out the cortisol in the body which is our primary stress hormone.  Luckily there are many different types of oranges, guess I am a halo kinda gal!


10. Oysters



Yummy! I can think of a reason I love these guys, can you?

They are delicious! What did you think I was thinking?

Like cashews these guys are full of zinc, except a serving gives you over half the RDA. Nice! I like em fried with some lemon and hot sauce myself, but that is my daddy’s fault.


These are just 10 foods that reduce stress but you can also check out some Stress Relief Tips Here.

If you have any questions about this post please feel free to leave a comment below. Any feedback is welcome!

41 thoughts on “10 Foods That Reduce Stress”

  1. This is an awesome article! I can actually eat most of these. I have a food intolerance to avocado, weirdly enough. I agree with all of these except the last one. I stay clear of anything that comes from the ocean since we continue to use it as a dumping ground for toxic waste. I do enjoy cashews though, and tend to soak them overnight before blending them, salsa, and pinto beans into a filling of bean enchiladas!

    1. Awww a food tolerance to avocados, sorry to hear that, I love em! I understand about not wanted to eat oysters, some don’t like em anyways and there is other things you can eat. Cashews are great! I have a food intolerance to pistachios sadly so cashews are a go to for me. Cashews in a filling for enchiladas, I never heard of that, that sounds yummy!

  2. Green tea, and chocolates! 🙂 I eat a lot of these food on your list…Avocado is not cheap where I am, but it is one of the fruits I eat when I get the chance. I also like that it has good fat that’s why I know I can have it often. (I eat if with condensed milk 😀 .)

    Chamomile tea os good for the stomach, that’s probably why it helps lessen stress. Thanks for this list, have a lovely day!

    1. Yes chocolatessss! Avocados can get expensive. I learned about chamomile for the stomach years ago because I have IBS and someone told me to drink it for that. So I believe your right, it can calm your digestive system and that is why it is good for stress. Thanks for the comment, you have a lovely day too!

  3. I truly enjoyed learning the foods which naturally will give me reduced stress, best part is I enjoy all the foods on your healthy food list.

    I was wanting to share your article with my friends on my social pages, but I did not see any places to share on your website?

    1. Thank you Jefferey for your kind comment! I am glad you find the article informative enough to share, I have added the buttons to do so. 

  4. Hey Melissa:

    I like your point that foods can be a “comfort” without actually relieving stress. I’m glad you pointed out which ones are for-real comfort food.

    (The big surprise for me were the berries. Since I love them a lot, that makes me happy!)

    It’s great knowing why the foods are stress-relievers. The list is a pointer towards other things (also high in vitamins and minerals) that could serve as well. I bet you could have whole meals just for comfort.

    1. Hi Netta,

      Yea berries are delicious and there are so many different kinds. You are right you could make whole meals that would truly be comfort foods. The right diet can be greatly beneficial to our health.

  5. Thank You,

    I truly enjoyed my time on your website today, the foods you shared which are so healthy for use is very beneficial for us all to improve our health. The best part is I enjoy all the foods on your list, now all I have to do is make my list and buy more of them when I do my grocery shopping


  6. Hey Melissa!
    What an informative article!
    We are all under so much stress these days that we need all the help we can get!
    I love cashews, do you think that I could crush them to make a nut butter?
    Also you recommend garlic, I’m not keen on it, so would capsules do the same job?

    1. Hi Marcie,

      Yes, and actually that is a great idea, you can make cashew nut butter yourself using a food processor. This would be great for snacking. Just note that cashews have more fat and sugar than peanut butter. Of course, most research has shown that fresh garlic provides the best results when obtaining the benefits of garlic, however you can use supplements. Just always consult your doctor before starting any dietary supplements. Take Care! 


  7. I was on your website recently and misplaced the foods in your article I had written down, I wrote them down again for my next grocery shopping trip.

    I plan to keep checking your website for future articles like this one, how often do you post new articles?

    Very nice and friendly website atmosphere, people I am sure feel comfy on your website just like myself

    1. Thanks for your kind words Jeffrey! I will be sure to keep the website updated regularly. Working on it as we speak. I hope I can provide more articles that will be beneficial to you and your health. 

  8. Hi! Thanks for this very informative and in-depth article.

    I’m okay with all the foods listed except for oysters. They just are so slimy. Ewwww!

    I am a big berry fan though. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but I recently purchased a Yonanas machine. You fill it with frozen fruit and it grinds it to a consistency of ice cream. I love it! Especially, now that it’s summer.

    There is one tea that I find a great stress reliever. It’s passion flower tea. Have you ever heard of it?

    1. Hehe, yes oysters are slimmy and ugly. I had to get over what they looked like to eat them, to each his own I guess. I have not heard of the Yonanas Machine, that sounds great, I would love to have one and I am sure my kids would enjoy it. As for passion flower tea, you are right it is a great stress and anxiety reliever. It has many benefits such as the ability to lower your blood pressure, help you sleep, and help with menopause side effects. Thanks for the comment and tips they are very much appreciated. 


  9. Thank You

    It is amazing how our diets can solve many of our health issues, choosing the right foods can make such a difference in our health and our lives


    1. Yes Jeff, You are so right! A healthy diet benefits our lives in so many ways. If only we took more advantage of this. It is good to pass on the knowledge so we can all benefit. Your Welcome!

  10. Hey there! My mom is having a hard time with my little brother and sister. She is always stressed out to them and I want her to relax for a bit. Luckily I found your article that talks about foods that reduce stress. I’ll try to make her drink green tea, chocolate and all the listed food to reduce stress. Thank you for sharing this information.

    1. Hi John, that is wonderful of you to try to find ways to help your mom, getting her to start with her diet is a great start.  Also, read some of the tips here. You can help her by relieving her of some of her task or find something your brother and sister may enjoy to do with you to give your mom a break sometimes. Continue to be a supportive son, it goes a long way. I wish you and your family all the best.


  11. It is just so amazing to learn this fact. So can we liken these foods to comfort foods.It is good to see from your post that there are natural stress relievers that can really help without having any side effects. Your post is really good and offers some good ways on how to get rid of stress the natural way.

    1. Hi Norman,

      Yeah hehe, now we know what the term “comfort foods” really means. Thanks for your comments and take care! 

  12. I don’t think that all chocolate is good for you. I think dark chocolate is the healthier option and would give you stress relief but then again it also has caffeine which is known for causing anxiety so I’m wondering how does it work as a stress reliever?

    It’s funny that you mention garlic as both me and my fiance eat it on regular basis. Actually when one of us takes garlic the other one will also take it just so that we
    neutralize each other and be able to kiss! It really does work to fight colds and the flus and even when you do get it anyway, it really helps lessen the severity of it and prevent further complications.

    1. Hi Vanessa,

      That is a cute idea to take garlic together. My husband loves garlic so we can both take it also. Most studies only show caffeine causes anxiety but only when consumed in large amounts. The antioxidants in the dark chocolate can help increase your serotonin levels, low serotonin levels is a cause of anxiety. So moderation is still recommended and dark chocolate is best. Thanks for your comment!


  13. Stress kills as we all know. Foods can be amazing medicines for us. I do know about some of these foods helping with stress.
    Avocados have amazing health benefits as do oatmeal, and chocolate. I’ll also eat any type of berry because they are so good for you and if they reduce stress then that’s even better.
    I love chocolate but I watch because it has sugar. I really like everything you have here because I’m into eating healthy and it’s important to avoid stress especially when you have diabetes as I do. Thank you!

    1. Hi Rob,

      Eating the right foods can play a big part on our health. I am glad you like this list and that you are taking steps to care for yourself. You are always welcome!


  14. Thank you for teaching us about the foods which help to release stress and so indirectly anxiety and everything that goes with it. Isn’t it fantastic that nature has all the health answers. They say that every possible cure for every disease would probably be found in the Amazon Jungle. What a shame that they chopping it down at a rapid rate of knots.
    I was particularly interested in the power of dark chocolate. Have never enjoyed dark chocolate (maximum of two occasions when I have eaten it) but am now honestly seriously considering forcing myself to acquire the taste. Am going in to Tesco tomorrow to buy a slab and that will be goodbye to milk chocolate. Man can acquire any taste if he/she is determined enough and in this case knows why it must be done.
    Thank you for a very informative and educational webpage.

    1. Your welcome Roy, our diet is the foundation to our health. I too was not keen of dark chocolate but you are right we can adapt to anything if we are determined enough to change. I am glad you found something beneficial from my post and I appreciate your comment. You are always welcome!

  15. Ooh, Melissa,what a fabulous list! So happy to see chocolate’s on this list! I had no idea that certain foods could be real stress relievers (other than a glass of wine of course). If I had to wrack my brains I probably could have come up with chamomile tea. Do you know anything about rooibos tea? I read an article about it recently and was amazed to find it has so many health benefits. Might even make it onto your list.

    1. Thank you Lauren! I think you would be surprised how simply changing your diet you would be doing a lot of good things for your body, not just relieving stress. I have never heard of rooibos tea but I will read more about it. There are a lot of teas to explore that provide a lot of stress relieving benefits, I made a list here. Thanks for the suggestion and for taking the time to comment!

  16. I have a problem in having regular menstrual cycles and I suspect it is because of taking too much stress. I was looking for foods that would help in relaxing my body.
    Here are some great suggestions that I would definitely include in my diet, I was looking for something more than Yoga and changing my diet and reducing sugars and junk should definitely help.

    1. Hi Shrey,

      Stress can definitely affect your menstrual cycle so changing your diet would be great. I remember one time I was stressed about a very tragic event and my menstrual was late and that doesn’t happen. I too think it will be a great choice and I wish you all the best!

  17. Excellent list! These foods are great and highly abundant in essential nutrients we need to be stress-free. They are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories which definitely help reduce stress and other mental disorders such as depression. They also contain our essential vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. I love how food is natural. Our bodies are constantly ready to uptake natural substances such as food as our bodies are natural machines. We need to use these nutrients to have fully operative minds and bodies. Great list and you are what you eat. Love the ice cream analogy!

    1. Hi Rob,
      If only we could just eat all the proper amounts of natural foods required every day, we would be much healthier and less stressed. Foods are our bodies natural medicine and like you said they help our bodies and mind to be fully operative. Thanks for the comment!

  18. What a great information for all of us to read and know… apart from chamomile tea, I didn’t even k ow that other food I have mentioned like avocado, berry and oranges play an important role in reducing stress. You always provide busy mums Witt best information and guide… thank you…

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I am glad you learned something new and useful. Thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂

  19. I’m kinda tempted to design a dinner menu that has all 10 of these ingredients, just to see how super blissed out I’d be afterward 🙂 I had no idea oysters were so healthy, so that’s awesome. thanks for the great info!

    1. Hehe, I think that would be a fun idea. If you do let me know 😀 I am glad that oysters have many benefits because I can feel good about eating them, haha. Thanks for the comment!

  20. I truly enjoy all the foods on your list. Not a great fan of oysters – but I eat them sometimes. It was great to read that these foods are great for stress. I will definitely consume them more regularly.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Monique,
      I am glad you enjoyed the list. I remember not liking oysters when I was little, it took a pregnancy to make me like them but now I wish I could eat them more often. But adding all these foods to your diet will be very beneficial to your health and I wish you all the best, thanks for your comment!

  21. I like that you have picked out the ten foods and drinks that we just have to go out and buy and use. This makes it easier to get and put in our diet. Eating these will do more than just relieve stress that’s what makes them essential for us to take. Getting rid of stress keeps us living longer.

    1. Hi Fred,
      I agree a diet rich in these foods will not only be useful for relieving stress it will be essential to our overall health. Maintaining a life as free from stress as possible can help prevent many diseases and allow you to live a very long and functional life.

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