Focus at work: Superfoods for reducing stress
Digitalisation has made our everyday life faster, especially in the office. Beyond the increased pace, the flood of various stimuli at the same time causes stress, not to mention the pile of tasks waiting on your desk each day. Stress can have certain advantages – many people perform well in particularly challenging situations – but, in the long run, the consequences for the body and mind can be serious. We will show you 6 superfoods for reducing stress which can help you if you feel burned out and want more balance in your office life.
What are superfoods?
Superfoods are packed with vitamins, minerals and other valuable nutrients that the body needs to successfully handle everyday stress. You’ll still need to take the stairs rather than fly into the office like a superhero, but you’ll feel revitalised, better able to concentrate and find it easier to keep your cool.
A superfood’s most important feature is probably its extremely high antioxidant content. Antioxidants protect the body from harmful influences, prevent stress-caused diseases and slow down the ageing process. Superfoods, such as açai and maqui berries from South America, Japanese matcha and the fruit of the African baobab tree, are particularly rich in antioxidants. Blueberries, raspberries and cacao are also considered superfoods.
These superfoods help against stress
Besides antioxidants, “adaptogens” is one of the most important keywords when it comes to superfoods for stress reduction. Adaptogenic plants are those that can be utilised to reduce mental and physical stress. They provide substances that counteract the harmful effects that stress has on the body; they don’t just relieve the symptoms, they actually combat the causes.
Some of the most important stress-relieving superfoods are:
- Turmeric binds free radicals and protects against bacteria and viruses.
- Vital mushrooms such as reishi, cordyceps and chaga relax the nervous system, among other things.
- Pomegranate contains plenty of vitamin C and antioxidants.
- Coconut stimulates the metabolism.
- Schisandra berries fight fatigue, reduce stress hormones and increase stamina and physical performance.
- Hemp seeds contain large amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and vitamin E.
- Maca is a stimulant and promotes hormone production.
Healthy snacks for the office
You may think that it will be too difficult to include superfoods in your diet because you have no time or way to cook in the office. However, it is actually quite simple to treat yourself to a short break and enjoy a smoothie with spirulina and maca powder or, in winter, a delicious warm maca cocoa with almond milk and cardamom. For a late breakfast between meetings, make yourself warm turmeric porridge with hemp seeds and linseed oil. For cravings in between meals, choose healthy snacks. You can make coconut-peanut fudge at the weekend, which keeps well in the fridge for a few days. After a holiday, it is recommended to eat superfoods every day to get you back into your rhythm.
HelloFreshGO has a solution for those who have neither the time nor the ability to prepare their daily dose of superfoods: The Knabberbox 2.0 offers you delicious, healthy snacks at any time of the day. Instead of going crazy with complicated recipes, you go on a culinary journey with HelloFreshGO. Once you have munched through a snack, you have given your body everything it needs. If you don’t have a spare minute for eating, you can drink a pre-mixed matcha smoothie on the go.