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A heavy workout is always a great way to relieve stress, but there are also anti-anxiety foods that can help aid your cause as well. If you've been feeling troubled lately or have some heavy worries weighing you down, try incorporating these foods into your prep plan for your meal management system:

Whole Grains

Whether they're in bread, pasta, rice or oatmeal, whole grains are one of the most powerful anti-anxiety foods. Rich in magnesium and tryptophan, whole grains aid in generating energy, reducing hunger and producing calming effects on the mind. Before loading up your 6 Pack Bags, be sure that you're buying foods that actually contain true whole grains. Many “whole grain" products contain numerous additives, which can actually contribute to stress.

Asparagus

To give your mood a big boost, try adding some asparagus to any meal. This vegetable is high in folic acid, which can ward off depression and make you less worrisome. Asparagus is also one of the easiest vegetables to assimilate into your meal management system, as it's great in salads, sandwiches, omelets and on its own.

Blueberries

Packed with antioxidants, blueberries are one of the smaller yet more powerful anti-anxiety foods. Antioxidants combined with the high amounts of Vitamin C found in this superfood are essential to repairing and protecting cells-a necessary process in combating anxiety.

Almonds

Itching to feel more balanced? Almonds are always a wise snack. One of the more underestimated anti-anxiety foods, almonds contain zinc, vitamin B12, iron and healthy fats, all of which reduce stress and boost energy. Even the physical act of chewing the crunchy almonds is a great anxiety-reducing activity. It's much more satisfying than grinding your teeth.

Long days at work, life responsibilities and a lack of funds are enough to give anyone anxiety. Add the stress you're putting on yourself in the gym and your brain could be fried at the end of the day. Your body and mind will thank you for doing your part to de-stress by including these anti-anxiety foods in your meal management system.

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