This versatile leafy green is loaded with magnesium, which is considered by many nutrition experts as the ultimate “anti-stress” mineral. “Magnesium helps muscles and nerves relax,” says Rachel Fiske, a nutrition consultant and personal trainer in San Francisco, CA. According to Fiske, a deficiency in magnesium can lead to high blood pressure, unregulated blood sugar and headaches. Talk about stress.
To de-stress: Steam, lightly sauté or toss one cup of Swiss chard into a good, hearty soup (right before serving) to reap the benefits.