I blog and talk a lot about stress. That’s because it’s more serious than most people think and at times, it
can be a silent killer. A lot of times, we talk about stress in a flippant way. We say things like, “I’m
stressed out,” or “He/she is stressing me out,” but it seems like people use the condition of stress as an
expression, not even realizing the kind of effects it can have on the body.

The condition of stress is so commonly thrown around that it’s one of those things we just assume we
have an understanding of what it is and how it works, but just for clarity’s sake, I’m going to give you a
brief definition of stress. According to the Cleveland Clinic’s website, “stress is the body’s reaction to any
change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical,
mental, and emotional responses.” For some, one of the emotional responses to stress is stress eating,
or consuming food in response to your feelings.

I will be the first to admit that I’ve had my moments of turning to food for comfort, hence why there’s
even such a thing as “comfort food.” Certain foods have a way of making us feel better in the moment.
However, those foods that bring us little slices of comfort often bring feelings of guilt afterward.
Comfort foods are usually loaded with sugar, carbs, bad fats, or a combination of all three. Combine a
habit of eating these not-so-good for you foods with stress and you’re doing a double whammy on your
heart. But ah, there’s a better way! What would you say if I told you there’s a way to turn to food during
times of stress that don’t leave you with feelings of guilt, bloat, and an extra 3-5 pounds? Guess what?
There is! Below, I’ve included 2 guilt-free, delicious recipes you can turn to in times of stress or anytime
at all!

And oh! Just to give you more options, we’ll be doing a dessert class on Friday! Click here to find out

Banana “Nice Cream Recipe

Apple Delight Smoothie