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Stress-less dinners

Capsicums stuffed with brown rice and side salad: Tryptophan is an amino acid found in rice. Your brain uses it to create feelgood chemicals, which help you feel calmer and more relaxed.

Green vegetables: Broccoli, spinach and other green vegetables are high in folate, which breaks down a toxic chemical called homocysteine, linked to heart disease and dementia, protecting your brain function. Homocysteine levels increase when women are under stress.

A slow-cooking chicken stew: Chicken is a complete form of protein, high in amino acids that help prevent sugar cravings and rich in tryptophan, which assists the production of hormones that counter lethargy, promote calm and boost mood.

Words: Stephanie Osfield

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