Inflammation is the root cause of many serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. A vital response by the body’s immune system to stress such as an illness or injury, naturally occurring inflammation is the body’s way of trying to heal itself. Though a small amount is okay, too often we develop chronic inflammation in our body as a result of outside factors such as diet, stress and lifestyle choices.
The below anti-inflammation diet recipes are all delicious snacks that are helpful in fighting against inflammation, while also being incredibly nutritious!
Coconut Turmeric Bites
Makes 12-15 bites
Turmeric is an all-star when it comes to fighting inflammation. Rich in the compound curcumin, turmeric has actually been shown in studies to be more effective at treating inflammation and pain than ibuprofen or aspirin.
- 1 cup cashew butter
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- pinch black pepper
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- additional shredded coconut, optional
- Mix together the cashew butter, coconut oil and maple syrup until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Place mixture into the fridge to chill for 15 minutes. Remove and roll in balls. Roll each ball in additional shredded coconut, if desired.
Black Forest Smoothie
This recipe has not one inflammation-fighting ingredient but two. With both cherries and raw cacao powder, this black forest smoothie is not only sweet and rich, but also great at fighting inflammation!
- 1 cup Almond milk
- ½ banana, frozen
- 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon cacao nibs
- ice, if needed
- Add ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- Substitute frozen cherries for fresh if needed.
- Regular cocoa powder can be used in place of the raw cacao powder.
Matcha Chia Pudding
Matcha powder is incredibly rich in antioxidants, a key compound in fighting inflammation. Paired with chia seeds to create a simple but delicious chia pudding, this matcha chia pudding is rich in healthy fats, fiber, protein and an abundance of Vitamins and minerals as well.
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk or milk of choice
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- raspberries, for topping
- Whisk together almond milk, chia seeds, matcha powder, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Place in the fridge overnight or until chia seeds have absorbed the milk. Mixture should become thick.
- Serve pudding with fresh raspberries for extra antioxidants.
If the texture of the chia seeds bothers you, simply run the mixture through a blender and blend until smooth.
Sweet Potato Brownies
Inflammation is often times caused by the consumption of grains – which is why these sweet potato Brownies don’t contain any! Made from cooked sweet potato, these brownies are the perfect replacement for brownies that are high in processed ingredients, sugars and grains that could cause an inflammatory response.
- 1 medium sweet Potato, steamed and mashed
- 3 eggs, whisked
- ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch sea salt
- ¼ cup mini Chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment or spray with cooking spray.
- Beat together the mashed sweet potato, eggs, coconut oil and honey until smooth. Stir in the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt.
- Spoon batter into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Bake brownies for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Chocolate Raspberry Avocado Pudding
Though avocados may be high in fat, it’s the type of fat that benefits your body instead of hurting it. Avocados are rich in antioxidants as well as monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy fats that can help to reduce cholesterol. This delicious pudding is also made with raspberries that are rich in antioxidants that combat free radicals in the body and fight inflammation.
- 2 large avocados, pitted
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- handful fresh raspberries
- Place all ingredients into a food processor. Process on high until smooth.
- Place pudding in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow flavors to marry. Enjoy cold.
These anti-inflammation diet recipes are simple but delicious snacks to help you combat inflammation. Enjoy them in conjunction with low inflammatory meals to help reduce the inflammation in your body today!