7 Seriously Luscious Recipes to Fight Inflammation

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When it comes to aches and pains we tend to put it down to something simple, like a bad nights sleep in an awkward position or lifting something heavy. But inflammation can be a sign that something inside the body is off balance, and those aches and pains that we write off as non-serious issues can actually be inflammation caused by a host of issues. The more serious causes of inflammation include such diseases as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.

Diet and lifestyle choices are two simple and yet incredibly effective ways of fighting back against inflammation. And if you think an anti-inflammatory diet sounds like hard work, you may be surprised. Some of the foods you’ll be seeing on your plate are likely to be foods you’re already consuming or have heard of. Try to fill your plate with some of the following:

  • leafy greens such as spinach, kale, collards, bok choy
  • fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges and cherries
  • nuts such as almonds, walnuts and other nuts
  • oils such as coconut oil, sesame oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil
  • fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and sardines

It’s fairly easy to target the foods that cause inflammation as they’re the types of food we should be eliminating from our diets anyway. Try to cut back and eventually avoid these foods as much as possible:

  • refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white pasta and pastries
  • fried foods such as chips and fast food
  • soda and other sugar-sweetened and fizzy beverages
  • red meat such as burgers and steaks
  • processed meats such as hot dogs and sausages
  • cooking fats such as margarine and lard

Try to incorporate these healthier plant-based foods into your diet and over time you will truly reap the rewards. Here are seven super recipes to get you started on your journey towards a healthier body!

1. Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

I love turmeric but it can take some getting used to, so I recommend introducing it into your diet in the form of a smoothie. And this vibrant, tropical smoothie is bursting with flavor and goodness. The coconut milk and banana will add a tropical sweetness while the frozen fruits add a thick, slush-like texture, which is so refreshing. I devour this after my morning workout!

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2. Quinoa Chia Pudding

If you’re sick of the sight of oats in the morning this recipe may be a welcomed change. The base of this breakfast recipe is quinoa and chia seeds made with thick, creamy cashew milk. Cinnamon adds an extra anti-inflammatory boost as well as enhancing the “warm” flavor. Top with fruit, nuts or even a dollop of coconut yogurt and this pudding will more than set you up for the day ahead.

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3. Arugula Berry Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing

This recipe is so quick and easy you could even enjoy it for breakfast. Who said greens were only for lunch or dinner anyway?

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4. Cuban Quinoa Bowl with Spicy Lemon Cashew Dressing

Bowls like these are a great way to pack in anti-inflammatory ingredients as you can use foods from all the different food groups in one bowl. You’ve got veggies, healthy oils, grains and legumes all in one dish. I love tucking into recipes like these as they’re like an explosion of flavor with each and every bite.

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5. Ginger & Spring Onion Egg Drop Soup

This soup recipe takes just 20 minutes to make, so it’s perfect to make on those days when you’re feeling super lazy! It also feels like comfort food even though it’s made with healthy anti-inflammatory ingredients. Some zoodles are added to bulk it out and make it more filling than your average soup and it’s garnished with some chili flakes, providing a delicate heat.

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6. Gingered Mackerel with Sesame Balsamic Broccoli

This is another quick and simple dish to make and yet one that is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients. The mackerel fillets are rubbed with turmeric making them a glorious shade of yellow while also adding a subtle earthiness. The turmeric goes so well with the freshly grated garlic and ginger that is added at the last minute. Your mackerel will be brimming with flavor!

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7. Mint Iced Green Tea

Green tea is great for you. But sometimes I find myself drinking it purely because it’s good for me, and not because I’m enjoying it. I’ve found drinking my tea cold has made this beverage way more enjoyable, and I love sprucing it up every now and then. The lemon and mint in this recipe adds a wonderful freshness and if you prefer it sweet, there’s also the option to sweeten it with honey or agave.

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Lora O'Brien

Lora O'Brien

Lora is a virulent wellness enthusiast. She freelances from the UK where you can find her writing about all things healthy foodie and natural beauty. Fun fact? She reads and watches more DVDs than the average human.
Lora O'Brien

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