Wow Your Friends & Family With These Great Anti-Inflammatory Recipes For The Holidays!

nflammation is a function of the body, and it is ok when it is the body’s response to an injury, like scraping your elbow. But, inflammation can be an issue when it is a symptom of a condition like arthritis or autoimmune diseases. How does food play a role in inflammation? Sugars and fats associated with inflammation are triggers that can be activated by some of the junk foods we enjoy to eat. Other activators exist as well such as Omega-6, excess sugar, and other foods.

The Naughty List

Foods that Santa has placed on his “naughty list” of foods that can cause inflammation:

  • Sugar (soft drinks, baked goods, candy)
  • Refined starches (white bread, white pasta, starchy potatoes)
  • Saturated fats (pizza, chips, fried foods, red meat, processed meat)
  • Hydrogenated oils (fried foods, non-dairy coffee creamers)
  • Trans fats (baked goods, margarine, mayonnaise)
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Alcohol (more than one serving)

The Nice List

Foods that Santa has on his “nice list” include:

  • Olive oil
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Beets
  • Whole grains
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Chia seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Apples
  • Salmon
  • Bone broth
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Nuts

Ginger Glazed Salmon

A wonderful holiday dish sure to please everybody at the table is a Ginger Glazed Salmon.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh, ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sliced green onion (optional)
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cover a large baking pan with foil. Lightly brush the foil with olive oil or cooking spray.
  3. Place salmon skin-side down on the foil-lined pan.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, honey and olive oil.
  5. With a sauce brush, spread the mixture evenly over the fillets. Season with pepper if desired.
  6. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion if desired.

Crisp Balsamic Green Beans with Slivered Almonds

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cleaned green beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds

Directions

  1. Place green beans in a large skillet with about a half cup of water. Cover with a lid and turn the burner to medium-high heat. Allow green beans to steam for two to four minutes. Remove lid and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Add olive oil and sauté for about one minute.
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and continue to sauté. Add in slivered almonds just before your desired doneness is reached. Remove from heat and serve.

Cinnamon Baked Apples

Ingredients

  • 5 cups skinned and sliced apples
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 cup vegan butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine apple slices in a large mixing bowl with one teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and lemon juice until well combined. Place in a 9×9 inch baking dish.
  3. In another bowl, combine oats, almond flour, one tablespoon cinnamon and honey into a mixture. Sprinkle on top of the apples.
  4. Cut the vegan butter into pea-sized pieces. Drop evenly over the apples and crisp topping.
  5. Bake crisp for 35 minutes or until the apple mixture is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.

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