Battle Stress With These Tasty Treats

by • March 14, 2017 • Featured, Food, Life @ BCComments (0)220

As students find themselves in the midst of midterms, many turn towards the comfort of sugary treats not only to satisfy that sweet tooth, but also to relieve stress.  There’s nothing like indulging in a decadent brownie to help forget about that particularly grueling Calc midterm; after all, “stressed” backwards is “desserts.” However, there are certain foods that are proven to help alleviate stress and relax the mind. Here are three ingredients that do just that- accompanied by delicious dessert recipes that feature them.

 

Blueberries

The antioxidants in blueberries help your brain produce dopamine, a chemical that can improve your mood.

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Blueberry Pie Bars

Crust:

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Filling:

2 cups blueberries

1 egg

1/2 cup sour cream

1/3 cup sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp flour

4 teaspoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together the ingredients for your crust. Once it’s formed, remove 3/4 cup and press the rest into an 8×8 pan. Now, whisk together the ingredients for your filling using 1 cup blueberries. Once it’s completed, pour it into the pan. Finally, spread the cup of blueberries evenly over the filling and sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup crust. Bake for 1 hour at 350º.

 

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate helps produce a chemical called anandamide, which temporarily blocks emotions such as unhappiness and depression.

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Dark Chocolate Mini Tarts

Crust:

1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup dark, unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

Filling:

4 ounces dark chocolate

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons butter (softened)

Start off by making the crust. Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt) before adding in the wet ingredients (butter and egg). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Slice and press into tart shells, then freeze the shells until they are hard. Cover the insides with foil and bake at 400º for 10 minutes, remove the foil, bake for an additional 2 minutes, then let them cool. For the filling, chop the chocolate then heat the cream, pour over the chocolate, and let the chocolate melt before whisking and adding in butter. If it’s runny, refrigerate for a bit before adding the filling to the tart shells. Optional- top with fruit.

 

Pistachios

Pistachios can help dilate your arteries, which in turn decreases the load on your heart.

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Pistachio Pudding Cookies

1/2 cup pistachios (crushed)

1 cup butter (softened)

1 cup sugar

1 ounce JELL-0 Pistachio Instant Pudding

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups flour

1 cup white chocolate chips

Cream together the butter, sugar, and pudding, then add eggs and mix. In a separate bowl combine flour and baking soda before adding to the wet mixture, then fold in white chocolate chips. As you form the cookie balls, roll them into the pistachios. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350º.

 

Next time you’re swamped with midterms and find yourself searching for a sugary snack to help de-stress, why not try out a dessert with ingredients that are actually proven to decrease stress levels? Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy!

 

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