Stress and anxiety is the number one threat to a woman’s health and happiness. The B vitamins support the adrenals glands, which in turn help us to adapt and flow more gracefully through the stressors of the day. Women with with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), depression, low energy and under-active thyroid would be doing themselves, their family, friends and co-workers a great favour by taking a complete vitamin B complex.
Some great B-rich foods to include more often in your diet include:
- Whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, kamut
- Brewers yeast
- Nuts & Seeds
- Mustard greens
- Romaine lettuce
- Eggs (whole eggs!)
- Fortified rice milk like Ryza
- Free-range poultry
- Lean, grass-fed beef
Make sure to go somewhere with a very knowledgable staff like Ambrosia, Nature’s Emporium, Whole Foods, Down to Earth Natural Foods or The Big Carrot for help in distinguishing which supplement is for you. A couple brands that I love and have great experience with include AOR, Lorna Vanderhaeghe and Sisu.
Simplicity Tip: Batch cook a large amount (3 cups) of B-vitamin packed Quinoa ahead of time, and add it into your recipes to beef up your salads, add it to your breakfast, or serve it as a side dish to your dinner entree.
Quinoa and Avocado Scram Slam
Try out this breakfast idea for something packed with flavour and stress-reducing B-vitamins.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1⁄4 cup salsa (with no added sugar)
- 3 organic eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
- 2 tbsp basil or cilantro, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp parmesan, finely grated (optional)
- Pour hot water into pan, just enough to cover the bottom. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Stir in quinoa and salsa.
- When warm, stir in eggs. Using spatula, quickly scramble eggs.
- Remove from heat and stir in avocado, herbs, and cheese if using.
- Garnish with extra herbs.