1. To feel calmer: Avocado
Rich in stress-relieving B vitamins to help ease any pre-date jitters, avocados are also packed with monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, which over time are vital for dewy, glowing skin. Mash up your avocado with some lime and tomato to make guacamole, and have it as a dip with carrot and celery sticks. The simple act of crunching on crudités is an amazing stress stopper, too!
2. To line your stomach: Salmon
With natural fats, salmon slows down the rate at which food leaves the stomach, helping to control how quickly alcohol enters your bloodstream (and in turn how drunk you feel). If you're not a fish fan, nuts and olives are another great way of getting these good fats, so have a bowl on hand to snack on while you're getting ready.
3. To keep your breath fresh: Green tea
Studies suggest drinking green tea may help ward off bad breath, as it contains a type of antioxidant called polyphenols that can help destroy the growth of bad breath-causing bacteria. Another nifty trick? Munching on raw, crunchy fruit and veggies increases saliva production, which is another natural enemy of bacteria in the mouth.
4. To get in the mood: Dark chocolate or chilies
The darker the better (choose minimum 70% cocoa solids), as cacao is a natural aphrodisiac. Cacao also contains a compound called phenylethylamine, which releases the same feel-good endorphins triggered by sex. Chilies contain capsaicin, which can speed up your heart rate and boost the release of endorphins, giving you a natural high and a feeling of sexual confidence.
5. If you're in a rush: A smoothie
Smoothies are quick and fuss-free, amazing when you have five minutes to do your makeup. Try this combo, packed with protein, fiber, and good fats—it'll ensure your blood sugar stays stable (keeping a rumbling tummy at bay) and your energy levels stay up: blend ½ avocado, 1 banana, 2 tbsp oats, 1½ cups almond milk, ½ tbsp cacao powder, and 1 tbsp chia seeds.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.