When it come to stress, you can often find yourself rummaging for the pills before heading to the kitchen.
It can seem easier to reach for a quick fix, without thinking of what can be done naturally, but easing the modern day pressures of work, studies and family can easily be helped with a few lifestyle and diet changes, leading to a healthier and less stressful existence. CBD can easily be part of any diet change, so here are some quick tips on how to do just that.
Ways to Incorporate CBD into Your Diet
We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat’, but how can you eat your way towards a less stressful state? CBD is a natural cannabinoid rich in vitamins, including A, C, and E, as well as B complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, and beta carotene. CBD is also a rich source of key minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium.
Using CBD in the kitchen and adding it to your everyday diet can actually be a quite simple way to help you management your stress levels.
But, if you anything like me, you may have wondered: “how exactly can I cook with CBD?”
So here are some answers to the questions you may have, when you are contemplating using CBD in your diet.
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Is It Easy to Use?
Yes. CBD can easily be used the same as other oils you cook with in the kitchen. CBD loves fatty acids, like omega 3 and 6, so partnering for example CBD crystals with coconut oil as a base is a match made in heaven.
CBD can also be mixed with canola oil and olive oil.
Does It Have a Strong Taste?
Can You Fry With It?
It is recommend that you don't use direct heat while cooking with CBD. This means that deep frying is probably out of the question, but I probably wouldn’t recommend deep fry anyway.
It is advised to cook at lower temperatures to preserve the potency of the CBD: between 160 degrees F (71.1 degrees C) to 185 degrees F (85 degrees C). As long as you don't use really high temperatures, the CBD oil will keep its potency.
What Forms of CBD is Best to Cook With?
And to help you along, I’ve gathered a few recipe for you to start out with:
Mornings can often be a huge source of stress, waking up lacking energy and not feeling your best can set you up for a bad day. A boost of vitamin C and iron can start the day the right way and combined with CBD help you keep your cool.
The Stress Buster Green Smoothie
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 cup of kale
1 cup of diced pineapple
1 cup organic almond milk
2-3 drops of CBD oil drops (or personal dose)
A few cubes of ice
- Add ice to a large blender and crush.
- Add ingredients and CBD drops to ice, blend well until mixture is smooth.
Eating green leafy vegetables like kale can aid the effects of CBD on your CB2 endocannabinoid receptor, helping lower inflammation.
Pineapple is high in vitamin C and when dark green veggies are accompanied with vitamin C, it can increase the absorption of essential minerals like iron and reduce cortisol levels quickly, boosting your immune system and preventing you from feeling run down.
Bananas contain properties that lowers blood pressure. It also contains magnesium and vitamin B, which help the release of serotonin — the hormone that boosts your happy energy.
We all get a bit peckish from time to time and may often reach for the sweets or highly salty snacks to fill the void. Instead of reaching for the junk, try nuts and seeds as an alternative. Specifically almonds, cashews and hemp seeds are great, as they offer a great source of protein and energy to keep you going throughout the day.
1/3 cup coconut flakes
1 cup almonds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/2 cup cashews
10 dates, destoned and cut in pieces
2 tbsp organic smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp cocoa (optional)
3-4 drops of CBD oil drops (or personal dose)
- Soak the nuts overnight or at least for a few hours
- Pulse in a food processor, but still keeping it chunky
- Add dates and CBD drops, pulse one more time
- Mix the nuts and dates with organic peanut butter in a mixing bowl (using your hands is best)
- With your hands, mould the mixture into small bite-sized balls and keep cool in the fridge for until they set, should take around 30 mins.
Adding a whole new meaning to the words ‘stress ball’, combining nuts like almonds and cashews with CBD can give you a great pick-me-up during the day. Cashews have a rich and creamy flavour and are high in essential vitamins E, B6, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium. Almonds are rich in vitamins B and E, helping enhance your immune system and concentration, making it easier to manage your daily tasks.
Hemp seeds are approximately 35 percent protein and high in omega 3, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E.
CBD Before Bed
As the day winds down, you may find that your mind is still racing. A bit of CBD before bedtime can prepare you for a restful sleep and for a less stressful day ahead. CBD aids by relaxing your muscles and your mind, so you can get the full rest you deserve.
Ingredients (serves 1 cup)
1 bag of lavender or chamomile tea
2-3 drops of CBD oil drops
Why Your Diet Can Help Fight Stress
While you rush around, it's often the easier option to grab something not so healthy on-the-go than it is to reach for something nutritious. Highly refined carbohydrates and sugary foods are found in most junk food and play havoc with your endocannabinoid system. They can make you feel good temporarily, but also requires that you prepare to crash and burn later on in the day.
Eating a healthy diet, along with taking CBD, can go a long way in helping you deal with stress and anxiety. Lowering blood pressure and boosting your immune system so you don't feel run down.
As well as maintaining a healthy diet, it is imperative that we implement self-care and consider our mental health just as much as our physical. After all, high stress levels can inhibit the bodies absorption of vital nutrients. Therefore, when considering taking on diet as a way of living a healthier lifestyle, keep an eye on your stress levels too for both better results and better health.