And speaking of magnesium-rich foods, even if you take a magnesium supplement, it’s still a good idea to eat plenty of them. According to Stephenson, that’s really the best way to maintain healthy magnesium levels.
“Your body understands how to extract magnesium from real whole food,” she says, so she recommends getting both protein and magnesium from legumes such black beans, chickpeas, and lentils, as well as loading up on dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and chard.
“Snack on pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pine nuts,” she suggests, adding flax and chia seeds are also good sources, “and good additions to your morning smoothie.” And the options don’t stop there: Avocados, salmon, non-fat yogurt, bananas, kiwis, blackberries, and raspberries all have some magnesium too. And good news chocolate lovers: “One of the richest sources [of magnesium] is dark chocolate, Stephenson says. “I recommend dark chocolate that contains 80% cocoa solids—an ounce a day is a great magnesium boost.”