Foods That Will Make You Happy, Calm, And Boost Confident Before A Date

July 1, 2013  |  
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Going on a late night date and don’t know what to fuel yourself with before? Or maybe you just get cranky if you’re a little hungry? Be sure your pre-date foods are working for your love connection, and not against it! Snack on these while doing your mascara.

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Dark chocolate

Properties in dark chocolate can reduce multiple hormones that cause stress, but also, research has shown that giving yourself anything that you perceive as a treat immediately reduces anxiety levels.

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Coconut water

We lead busy lives, and even if you are excited for your date, your body might not be after a long day of work, or errands, or a tough workout. The last thing your skin needs on a date is dehydration. Coconut water is one of the most hydrating beverages you can grab. It will pump electrolytes through you fast and revive you.

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Celery

A natural diuretic, celery will help you release water weight before a date, plus its high fiber content will keep you full meaning you won’t gorge on the actual date.

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Hummus

Pair this with the celery for healthy fats that will stabilize blood sugar, along with your moods. Nobody likes a hungry/cranky date.

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Sliced turkey

Another food to keep you from overeating on the date due to its high-protein is turkey. This meat also contains tryptophan, which releases serotonin and makes you feel relaxed.

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Pumpkin seeds

If you feel tired almost every day, your magnesium levels could be low. Magnesium helps turn glucose into energy and just ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds contains your recommended daily amount. Grab a handful before a date for an instant energy boost.

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Cinnamon

Add it to your tea—or really anything you consume before a date. Cinnamon is another blood sugar stabilizer and henceforth, a mood stabilizer. Cinnamon is also fast acting, working its magic within just 15 to 90 minutes.

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Almonds

Just one ounce of this salty snack provides you with 6 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fiber. Keep a ziplock baggy of the nuts in your purse on any date for those times when you have to wait an hour for a table at a restaurant.

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Green tea

For a natural energy boost that doesn’t come with the crash of coffee or energy drinks, drink a cup of Green tea. Just one eight-ounce cup gives you 24 to 40 milligrams of caffeine. Added perk: green tea is more effective in fighting bad breath than toothpaste, mints or gum.

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Toast

A small carbohydrate-loaded snack boosts that feel-good serotonin production. For a little relaxation and confidence boost, have half an English muffin or a piece of toast right before your date.

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Rice

Starch is your body’s main source of energy, but foods like bread, pasta and potatoes tend to cause gas, which is the last thing you want on a first date! If you’re having an after-dinner date and need real food before you go, try having brown rice as the base of your dinner and pair it with non-gaseous veggies like mushrooms or bell peppers, plus a protein.

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Low-fat Greek yogurt

The probiotics in Greek yogurt improve digestion and help reduce bloat. Plus the protein will stabilize your blood sugar and yogurt reduces bad breath.

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Strawberries

Strawberries boast a high water content that will hydrate you and can make your skin light up. Add to that the vitamin C, which helps calm nerves.

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Walnuts

Walnuts are packed with Omega-3’s, which do wonders for making you feel alert, keeping your brain active, making you feel happy and again keeping your skin and hair shining.

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