You’ve likely seen a few lists of anti-inflammatory foods, but what about what to do with those foods? That’s where anti-inflammatory recipes come in.
To review, many people end up with chronic (as opposed to acute) inflammation these days, and it’s basically the root of all health evils. It can mess with your gut, weight, and brain and contribute to chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.
While you can’t totally eat your way out of inflammation (other factors are important, too), an anti-inflammatory diet can definitely put you on the right track. To help, we went through our recipe database and pulled together some of the best dishes made with anti-inflammatory foods. All of them are simple but oh-so-powerful.
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9 Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for Better Health
Strawberry Veggie Smoothie
Two cups of anti-inflammatory strawberries, plus veggies like cauliflower and zucchini. Plus, this nutrient-dense smoothie is filled with fiber, protein, and healthy fat, and is sure to keep you full all morning long.
Cooked Spinach and Pine Nuts
An anti-inflammatory diet should include lots of leafy greens like spinach, and this recipe boosts its inflammation-fighting power with garlic and extra-virgin olive oil.
Trendy turmeric root has gotten a lot of hype for its anti-inflammatory health benefits Once you get on board, though, the biggest challenge is figuring out how to get it into your diet. Solution: Make this latte with another inflammation-fighting food, cinnamon.
Broiled Salmon with Spinach
A fish-and-veggies inflammation-fighting match made in heaven. Did we mention you can get this delicious dinner on the table in 15 minutes?
Green Recovery Smoothie
If you tried to maximize the amount of nutrients you could fit in one glass, you’d end up with this smoothie. And many of the goods blended in—like spinach, avocado, and cinnamon—have anti-inflammatory powers.
Cinnamon Spice Roasted Pepitas
Here’s a way to add a little inflammation-fighting sprinkle to your oatmeal, salads, and desserts. Make these cinnamon-spiced pumpkin seeds and keep ‘em handy.
Strawberry Chia Jam
Yup, strawberries again! This time, we’re making them into jam without any added sugar and by adding healthy fats (via chia seeds), which are a key part of an anti-inflammatory diet.
Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Halibut
Instead of the inflammatory refined carbs you’ll get from a pasta dinner, make your noodles out of veggies and add additional anti-inflammatory ingredients like garlic, ginger, and a piece of fish.
Cranberry Walnut Salad
Greens, nuts, olive oil, and apples? Oh my! Just don’t peel your apples before tossing them in the bowl—the inflammation-fighting compounds are in the skin.