Now that you’re into the new year and new decade of 2020, you’re well on your way to becoming a new version of yourself.
You made a pact with you and your family members to live a healthier lifestyle, and hopefully, it’s been going well so far.
Now that you’re a few months into the new routine, you might be interested in integrating some new recipes into your repertoire. There are recipes that aren’t just healthy for you, they’ll help reduce the inflammation of your joints and muscles.
Here are the best anti-inflammatory recipes that you should give the old college try!
1. Artichoke Ricotta Flatbread
Some of you out there aren’t the biggest fans of vegetables but understand the importance of making it a mainstay in your diet.
Because of that, you’re looking for any way to mix those greens in with tastes that overpower the plants you are ingesting.
This artichoke ricotta flatbread is amazing for that. All you need is (you guessed it) ricotta cheese, artichokes, arugula, prosciutto, basil, and your choice of flatbread.
The recipe is perfect for a party of two to share or for you to portion it out as your lunch for a few days. Either way, you’ll always look forward to the lunch or dinners where this tasty flatbread is on the menu!
Looking for some nutritious flatbread options while you’re eating out? Try out a new healthy restaurant for a tasty and delicious meal!
2. Matcha Green Tea Latte
Those of you looking to maximize anti-inflammatories into your diet must find ways to integrate green tea into your daily intake.
Green tea has several antioxidants, polyphenol being the main one, that are strong anti-inflammatory fighters. However, that doesn’t mean you have to hold your nose and gulp it down each morning if you’re not a tea fan.
This matcha green tea latte adds healthy sweetness for your tastebuds to enjoy in the form of honey and coconut milk.
All you need is 1/4 cup of water (boiled), 1 teaspoon of matcha tea powder, 1 cup of coconut milk, and a teaspoon of honey. This will bring a foamy and delicious treat to your daily routine that will also give you a healthy burst of energy.
You may not have known that broccoli and kale had a child together. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, broccolini is a mix between the two veggies listed above.
While broccoli in itself contains a few useful anti-inflammatories, broccolini mainly gets its load from the “kale” side of the family.
Broccolini contains a bevy of anti-inflammatories such as vitamin C, folate, fiber, and vitamin K.
The best part of broccolini? It’s delicious and crunchy! Perfect for those of you that don’t enjoy the texture of mushy vegetables. Better yet, it mixes well with all of your favorite spices.
If you want to take it to the next level, try placing some mushrooms in with it and pan sear them together. Bon Appétit!
4. Spaghetti (with Squash Garlic Noodles)
Sometimes the best healthy recipes are merely a healthier alternative to some of your favorite go-to meals. Such is the case with Spaghetti, which can be altered in several healthy and delicious ways.
Did you know you can make pasta noodles out of squash? Your spaghetti can become an anti-inflammatory weapon by switching out regular spaghetti noodles for noodles made out of summer squash.
Switching them out will also help you cut down on a significant portion of carbohydrates in your diet.
In fact, most people don’t realize that summer squash’s seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids: an anti-inflammatory juggernaut that’s usually found in fish. If you aren’t keen on seafood, this can be your solution.
Add these garlic squash noodles in with your favorite pasta sauce and vegetables such as tomatoes, asparagus, broccolini, etc. for a filling and satisfying meal.
5. Veggie Pizza
Here comes another healthy alternative to a mainstay in most people’s list of guilty pleasure foods. When done right, vegetable pizza can be a tremendous way to help with joint and muscle inflammation.
By merely avoiding wheat flour and cheese on the pizza that you make by hand, you can eliminate two of the worst inflammation enhancers in the food world.
Open your world to pizza crust alternatives such as chickpea flour, bean flour, or lintel flour. Then take a delicious red or white sauce and stack it with tomatoes, asparagus, bell peppers, kale, mushrooms, spinach, the list goes on and on!
What you’ll have is a plate of zesty personal pan pizzas that can be a healthy option for any sports watching event or birthday party you attend.
6. Spiced Pecans
Not all anti-inflammatory diet options need to be replacing all the meals you currently eat in your diet plan. Sometimes you just need an anti-inflammatory snack option to relieve the pain and get you through the day.
If you’re in the market for such a snack, you can’t go wrong with spiced pecans!
While these may take around 20 minutes to make, they’re worth the time for a weeklong snack option.
Get all your necessary ingredients and make a spiced pecan snack that your coworkers will beg you to make in bulk batches.
Give All of These Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Recipes a Try!
Who said you had to try just one of these anti-inflammatory recipes? Give them all a shot and see which ones work for your meal plans.
By integrating different recipes, you’ll find a diet that’s both healthy and delicious to stick with.
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