We all have to deal with stress. And yes there are many exercises to cope with them, but what we put into our bodies will obviously also have a huge effect on how we deal with stress. So while I believe that one should talk out the things that are stressing you, and work in some physical exercise to deal with stress, I also believe we should take note of what foods will help coping with stress. Here are 9 delicious foods that can help you get that stress monkey off your back: 1. Blueberries. When we are stressed, because our bodies need vitamin C and antioxidants, blueberries, which are plentiful in antioxidants and vitamin C, are perfect stress beaters. 2. Salmon. It is full of Omega 3, which helps boost serotonin production. The DHA (docosahexanoic acid) in Omega 3 fats help nourish the brain, and curve stress hormones. 3. Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds, a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, help reduce stress. Walnuts are one of the best sources of Omega 3s. Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain tryptophan, which boosts serotonin production, which also helps with stress management. 4. Oatmeal. The complex carbohydrates in oatmeal help with serotonin production. 5. Citrus fruit. Oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits are a great way to get your vitamin C, which studies show reduces stress levels. 6. Avocados. Some studies have shown that anxiety may be affected by a vitamin B deficiency. Avocados, in turn, are rich in vitamin B. Plus avocados are one of the most delicious things in the world! 7. Turkey. Turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts serotonin production, which helps alleviate stress. (This probably explains why people feel so relaxed after thanksgiving dinner??) 8. Milk. A glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested remedy for insomnia and fidgetiness. That’s because milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12, as well as protein and calcium. The protein lactium has a calming effect by lowering blood pressure, while the potassium in milk can help relieve muscle spasms triggered by feeling tense. 9. Spinach. Leafy greens may not be your idea of comfort food, but spinach can have a comforting effect. Spinach is packed with magnesium, the mineral that helps regulate cortisol levels and promote feelings of wellbeing. A mere cup of spinach fills 40 percent of your daily quota. May I suggest a spinach infused pesto sauce? Spinach basil pesto is great!