What stress-busting snack did Dr. Oz recommend on a repeat episode that aired last week?
A. Dark chocolate cranberries
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A. Dark Chocolate Cranberries
Dark chocolate cranberries - 60%
Pistachios - 20%
Seaweed - 10%
Strawberries - 8%
For many, it's back-to-school time which can create a great deal of stress around changes and preparation for the new school year. So I thought I would put together a quiz about stress-busting snacks recommended by Dr. Oz.
While the quiz has “one correct” answer, often the other choices in the quiz can fit within the question asked. I put together the list of choices with idea that the snacks are nourishing, can be easy to take with you, and can also satisfy other issues that may come up when under stress.
The Answer: Dark Chocolate Cranberries
On the 5/10/12 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Women Ask What's Up Down There, Dr. Oz discussed mood improving snacks that can support the body during times of stress. Dr. Oz recommended to indulge in dark chocolate cranberries to improve your mood because cranberries contain manganese.
Now, the improvement in mood may not seem to some to be in the same category as having busted stress. In my life I'm come to discover that when I'm in a bad mood it does indeed create a tremendous amount of stress or perhaps I could say that the stress comes along with the bad mood because when I'm in a bad mood everything becomes more difficult from making healthy food choices to moving my body and being active to interacting with the people in my life.
From the University of Maryland: “Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function.”
Another stress-busting snack recommended on The Dr. Oz Show, this time on the 9/30/11 episode Boost Metabolism in 7 Days, is the fabulous pistachio nut. In that September 2011 show, Dr. Oz said it's very important to metabolism and to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight to eat every three hours.
This is a critical issue that a lot of people don't deal with well, according to Dr. Oz. People who eat three meals a day and snack smart (250 calorie serving snacks) three times a day tend to eat fewer calories over the entire day than people who skip meals. Those meal skipping folks tend to over eat when they finally do eat.
Dr. Oz is talking about healthy snacks such as a handful of pistachios, full of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids to burn fats, along with a handful of dried apricots giving a visual appeal, sweetness and fiber.
On another episode this past season that aired 5/11/12: Ayurvedic Secrets to Lose Weight, Dr. Oz shared five super fats that, he said, can help you not only get healthy but that can also support weight loss. He said that by adding these foods to your diet over five days you can be on the road to slimming down.
We love seaweed in my house and so does Dr. Oz. On the 12/22/11 episode: The Dangers of Mixing Medications, Dr. Oz had a segment called “Miracle Food From The Ocean” where he lavished attention on several forms of this sea-smelling, mineral-filled, crunchy goodness.
Dr. Oz said that mineral rich greens from the sea may be linked to supporting the body through cancer. Antiaging expert, Maoshing Ni, doctor of Chinese medicine, says that seaweed is the ultimate longevity food.
The island of Okinowa is known for its centenarians and it's believed that their intake of seaweed is contributing to their long life. Seaweed is not only an Asian food, in Ireland and Scotland they make it into flat bread.
As a stress-busing snack, seaweed provides vital minerals that we may be skimping on in our food choices. And if you can support your longevity with it's savory goodness then it's a top choice in my book.
In May 2012, Dr. Oz discussed healthy snacks on the go and in the number three spot was seaweed in place of potato chips. Salty snacks are often a bad choice for snacks because afterward you're more likely to crave sugar. Reach for seaweed instead of chips.
Dried seaweed has a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor. Seasnax Wasabi Grab and Go have only 16 calories for the entire package and are high in nutrients with no sodium.
Annie Chun also has a seaweed snack in sesame and wasabi flavors.
Hydration, hydration, hydration. I have to keep it in mind everyday because when I become dehydrated, which for me is unfortunately easy, things become difficult and I feel stress. On the 3/2/12 episode of The Dr. Oz Show: 10 Energy Tips, Dr. Oz talked about water-rich foods that can support hydration and thus support energy.
Drinking water is certainly important for hydration but water-rich foods are also a great source of water and plays a big role in hydrating the body. Water to gives blood the correct consistency and helps to ease the flow circulation making the heart's job easier. Skip the packaged foods and go for fresh. Citrus fruits, pears, bell peppers, and strawberries are all rich in water. Celery is 96% water, in fact.
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