Food And Stress: 7 Healthy Picks That Can Help You Relax

02/05/2013 08:28 am ET | Updated Feb 05, 2013

Usually when we talk about stress eating, we're warning you against using food to squash unpleasant feelings.

While many people use food as a way to cope with a range of emotions, too often when faced with stressful scenarios, we're reaching for high-calorie and fat-laden disasters. The foods we usually choose to stress eat lead to higher levels of feel-good brain chemical serotonin and, at least temporarily, make us think we're beating the blues.

But searching for solace at the bottom of a pint of Ben & Jerry's, can, for obvious reasons, lead to weight gain, which is likely to only cause more stress. Before you turn to your typical comfort foods, check out the slideshow below. These seven healthy picks have natural stress-reducing powers of their own. What'd we forget? Let us know in the comments!

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