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10 nutritious recipes you should try when you're feeling stressed

What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel, so it's important to fuel ourselves with foods that will benefit our bodies and minds. These 10 recipes are packed with ingredients that can relieve stress - perfect for when you need a mental boost.

By Harriet Keown
In times of stress, it's easy to find yourself reaching for something that will give you short-term satisfaction - which usually only leaves you feeling more drained, sluggish and cloudy.
Next time you're feeling stressed, anxious or run-down, resist the urge to snack on anything that is highly processed, sugary or caffeinated and try one of these recipes instead. From dark chocolate, blueberries and nuts to avocado, spinach and salmon, these recipes are filled with ingredients that have been shown to relieve stress and will give your body and mind the boost that it needs.
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    Avocado cream on five-grain toast with chermoula

    Everyone's favourite breakfast is taken to tasty new heights with this avocado on toast recipe. Lush avocado cream, spice-packed chermoula and fresh radishes come together to create this posh toast


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    Dark chocolate and cranberry amaranth bars

    These indulgent bars star popped amaranth, an ancient grain, paired with dark chocolate, crunchy cashews, toasted oats and tart cranberries. A drizzle of dulce de leche brings a kick of sweetness. Recipe courtesy of McCormick's.


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    Get up and green smoothie

    This is a true green smoothie with only a little sweetness from the apple and honey. Lemon helps balance the green taste, too. If you find the flavour too tart, add a bit more honey


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    Warm potato and avocado salad with salmon

    This salad is a deliciously flavoursome childhood recipe of Nici Wickes' mum's, which is fabulous in its simplicity. The avocado is warmed by the potatoes just enough to bring up its flavour and creaminess.

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    Toasted chocolate muesli

    This deliciously chocolatey and crunchy muesli is a must for your breakfast bar. If you're feeling like a treat, it's also delicious sprinkled over vanilla ice cream... or just eaten straight from the jar!

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    Purple power breakfast bowl

    Start your day the right way with this breakfast bowl recipe! This dairy-free, gluten-free smoothie bowl owes its bright purple hue to vibrant blueberries. Try it for your breakfast!


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    You'll never go hungry with this scroggin recipe on hand! Perfect for staying fuelled on outdoor adventures, or simply to keep in the drawer at work for any snacking emergencies, this mixture will never let you down.


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    Avocado, asparagus and salmon donburi

    Lightly steamed, boiled, blanched, baked or pan-fried, asparagus is a true delicacy. SO make the most of the asparagus season and enjoy them in this deliciously filling salmon donburi