7. Oats

Oats are a wonderful source of B vitamins, magnesium, and fiber. Each of these nutrients are extremely important in reducing anxiety. Oats are one of the best food sources that promote serotonin production,, which is the antidepressant hormone in the body. Anytime serotonin is low, anxiety will increase, so foods that aid in serotonin production are extremely important in quelling anxiety. Eat whole oats instead of instant, and always avoid the sugary instant oatmeal packets. Instead, choose old fashioned oats and cook them yourself. I like to make homemade breakfast cookies with them, using simple ingredients like applesauce, stevia, chopped almonds and cinnamon. They make for great grab and go cookies if you’re in a hurry, or just need one or two when your blood sugar drops.

Eating healthy foods such as these to prevent anxiety is one of the best natural approaches you can take to beating anxiety, along with regular exercise. There are many other foods that help tame anxiety, but these foods are some of the best sources of various nutrients that offer multiple benefits to treat and prevent anxiety. What is your favorite healthy food that calms you down when you’re stressed?