Anti-Inflammatory/Pro-Inflammatory Foods

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

  • Fish
  • Fruits and Veggies that are rich in color
  • Cruciferous Veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage)
  • Green tea
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds, Flax oil
  • Green drinks (Paleomeal is the only recommended as it does not contain alfalfa which has been shown to worsen autoimmune disorders)
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Quercitin and other bioflavonoids

Pro-Inflammatory Foods

  • SUGAR!!!!
  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Corn oil, Soybean oil, Safflower oil and Sunflower oil
  • Saturated Fats (red meat, full-fat dairy products) – You can eat lean, grass-fed meat 1 to 2x/week.
  • Egg yolks (limit to 2 – 2x/week)
  • Refined and processed foods in general
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s) (corn, soy, canola oil, cottonseed oil, beet sugar, zucchini and yellow squash to name a few)

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup canned organic pumpkin
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Portein Powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or 1 packet stevia
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted almonds
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup of ice

METHOD

  1. Add all your ingredients to a blender and puree until blended.
  2. Pour and enjoy

Makes 1 serving

 

Luscious Lettuce Wraps

Luscious Lettuce WrapsWho needs bread with these delectable little waist-friendly grab ‘n go “sandwiches”.  There are endless combinations and taste possibilities – get creative!  Can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator making these the perfect quick ‘n easy protein-rich snack or meal.

INGREDIENTS: (for each wrap)

1 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaf (cleaned and dried)

1 oz. lean protein (ex. chicken, turkey, tuna or salmon)

1/4 c finely chopped or small amount julienned veggies

1 T Hummus or 1 t vinaigrette

1 t ground flax seeds

METHOD:

Assemble ingredients in the order listed above.  Either roll or fold lettuce leaf in half, store in container and refrigerate.

 

 

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfait

Mason Jar Breakfast Parfait

This yummy little protein-rich grab ‘n go breakfast can be made days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.  Talk about quick and easy!  Oh and delish – VERY delish!!

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c uncooked oats

1/3 c almond or coconut milk

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

1 T almond butter

6 frozen or dried cherries, chopped

1/4 c chopped walnuts or pecans

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients in mason jar and store in refrigerator overnight.

Spring Fling Morning ZZZZZZing!!!

Spring Fling Morning ZZZZing!!!

 

Spice up your morning and rev up your metabolism right from the get go with this sassy little elixir.  Can you say WOO HOO!!!!!

Ingredients:

• 2 cups greens of choice (baby kale, baby spinach, swiss chard, romaine – or mix of all)
• 1/2 medium avocado
• 4 inch piece cucumber, chopped
• 1 stalk of celery, chopped
• 1 handful fresh cilantro
• 2 garlic cloves
• Juice of 1 whole lime
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper and/or chili powder
• 1 pinch sea salt
• 1 cup strong brewed green tea, cooled
• 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

Method:

Put all ingredients in Vitamix or blender and process until smooth. Store remaining juice in glass jar and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Makes approximately four 8oz. servings.

G-BLAST

G-BlastStart your day with a blast of greens and a surge of energy!!!  Great for a quick afternoon pick-me-up as well!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 handful baby organic spinach

1 handful fresh mint leaves

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1″ of fresh ginger (sliced)

1 orange (peeled and sliced)

 

METHOD:

Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth.  Can be refrigerated for 1-2 days.

 

AQUA-ZING

Aqua-zing
This water is both energizing and delicious!  Infuse it and then reuse it for 2-3 days.  Bottoms up!

INGREDIENTS:

1 pink grapefruit (sliced 1/2″ thick)

1 handful fresh mint leaves (ripped)

1″ fresh ginger (peeled and sliced thin

METHOD:

Put all ingredients in a glass jar or pitcher and fill with pure filtered water.  Infuse a few hours or overnight in the fridge.

GOING GREEN

 

green drinksI don’t love eating salads – there – I said it!  Nope – the washing, chopping and ugh – all that chewing – who has the time!  So when I realized that I could get all the nutritional benefits and more in one little 8 oz green drink…. I said sign me up!  Drinking as opposed to eating your greens infuses your body with tons of vitamins and minerals in the most absorbable form – it’s like getting the nutrition in several huge salads at once!  So bottoms up my friends and btw Kermit – It IS easy being green : )

The following are some of the super cool benefits of drinking “the juice”.  Cheers!

• crazy good energy

• glowing skin

• better digestion (helps you to “go”)

• cleansing and detoxifying

• weight loss (due to above benefits)

• anti-aging and hydrating

• increased mental clarity

• immune boosting

• anti-cancer

• makes you feel super healthy

• makes you feel sexier (increased libido through increased circulation)

Breast Healthy Salad

Breast Healthy Salad

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups organic kale (I use Organic Tuscan Kale from Trader Joe)

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1 tablespoon chopped organic walnuts

1 cup roasted sweet potatoes, cubed.

METHOD:

Wash and shake off extra water from the kale and chop fine – put through salad spinner to dry.

Wash and cube a sweet potato.  Toss with olive oil and sea salt and roast in a 400 degree oven, tossing frequently.  Cook until done – approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

Combine the chopped kale, pomegranate seeds, chopped walnuts, and roasted sweet potatoes in a large bowl; toss to combine. Drizzle the Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Sun Dressing over salad and toss to combine.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Sun Dressing 

From MindBodyGreen

INGREDIENTS:

4 Tbsp. organic extra virgin olive oil

Juice + zest of 2 organic lemons

¼ avocado

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. ground organic turmeric

1 Tbsp. raw local honey — if not vegan

pinch of Himalayan sea salt (to taste)

METHOD:

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Add more avocado if you desire a thicker consistency.

 

Breast Healthy Smoothie

Breast Healthy SmoothieINGREDIENTS:

1-2 scoops PurePea Protein Powder

4 oz. Pomegranate juice

4 oz. pure water

1 fistful of kale/spinach

1 t flax oil

1/2 T flax meal

1/2 T chia seeds

1/2 cup fresh/frozen blueberries

dash of turmeric

ice if needed

METHOD:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until thick and creamy, approximately 1 minute.