Magnesium is a trace mineral involved in numerous processes in your body, including how well you deal with stress. Under conditions of mental or physical stress, magnesium is released from your blood cells and goes into the blood plasma to calm things down (Magnesium acts as a smooth muscle relaxer).
In other words, the more stressed you are, the more magnesium your body requires.
And if you aren’t regularly replenishing those magnesium stores through your diet (which chances are you aren’t—according to estimations, 60% of individuals do not get enough magnesium) then it becomes harder to cope with stress.
So, if you often find yourself stressed out, consider adding more magnesium to your diet. Some of the best food sources are green vegetables (like broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard), legumes (like navy beans, kidney beans, and black-eyed peas), and nuts (like almonds, Brazil nuts, and cashews).
All of those mineral rich foods are ‘regulars’ in my weekly meal plan. One of my favorite mineral rich recipes is Almond Paté (recipe follows). This protein-packed refrigerator staple is delicious way to get your magnesium and when you eat it with raw vegetables, you can also crunch your stress away!
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Makes about 2 cups
1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
2 stalks celery, minced
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup minced parsley
2-3 scallions, minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tablespoon kelp granules
1 Tablespoon tamari
Drain and rinse almonds, removing any skins that have come off. Put the almonds in a food processor and pulse until well blended. Add celery, tahini, parsley, scallions, lemon juice, kelp, tamari and puree thoroughly, adding a little water if needed to achieve creamy consistency. Taste and season as needed. This paté keeps for several days in a covered container in the refrigerator.