Inflammation can be both good and bad. Acute inflammation is necessary for your body to heal and protect itself, but inflammation that is chronic in nature can be harmful to your health.
This type of chronic inflammation is thought to be the root cause of many diseases that plague our society today including heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and cancer. One way you can combat inflammation in your body is by fueling it with anti-inflammatory foods that provide proper antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins/minerals.
Beneficial foods that help curb inflammation include fresh fruits and vegetables, fatty fish like salmon, flaxseeds, chia seeds, nuts, and herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic, and cinnamon. Start reducing and preventing further inflammation in your body by including these types of food in your daily diet. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
To help get the creative juices flowing, I asked some of my fellow dietitian food blogger colleagues to share their favorite anti-inflammatory recipes. From smoothies and soups to salads and entrees, we’ve got something for everyone. Enjoy!
Turmeric Mango Carrot Smoothie, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian (shown above)
Vegan Mediterranean Vegetable Salad with Prunes and Fruit Dressing, Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, Amy Gorin Nutrition
Creamy Carrot Cauliflower Soup, Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, Amy Gorin Nutrition
Turmeric, Ginger and Roasted Carrot Soup, Brittany Poulson, RDN, Your Choice Nutrition (shown above)
Chipotle Tomato Rice Power Bowl, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian
Apple Ginger Kabocha Squash Soup, Lizzie Streit, RDN, It’s a Veg World After All
Super Duper Raw Power Salad, E. A. Stewart, MS, RDN, The Spicy RD (shown above)
Anti-Inflammatory Zucchini Bread, Michelle Yates, RDN, Beneficial Splurges
Sicilian Bruschetta, Sarah Pflugradt, RDN, Salubrious RD
Grape and Salmon Power Salad, Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN (shown above)
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chili, Judith Scharman Draughon, RDN, Foods with Judes
Immune Boosting Wild Blueberry Beet Smoothie, Brittany Poulson, RDN, Your Choice Nutrition
Sheet Pan Orange Glazed Salmon and Broccolini, Lizzie Streit, RDN, It’s a Veg World After All (shown above)
Antioxidant Summer Salad, Maggie Farley, RDN, Meals with Maggie
Cauliflower Cranberry Superfood Salad, Karman Meyer, RDN, The Nutrition Adventure