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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it's time to start planning that big holiday feast. While Thanksgiving is a time for indulgence, it's also important to be mindful of your health. An anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce joint pain, improve gut health, boost immunity, and more.

This Thanksgiving, try incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods into your recipes. Not only will they taste delicious, but they will also help you avoid those post-meal aches, pains, and lethargy. Keep reading for some anti-inflammatory recipes perfect for your Thanksgiving menu.

What are Anti-Inflammatory Foods?

Anti-inflammatory foods contain key nutrients that help reduce inflammation in the body. These include antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytonutrients. Some of the top anti-inflammatory foods are:

  • Fish like salmon and tuna
  • Nuts like walnuts and almonds
  • Olive oil
  • Leafy greens like spinach and kale
  • Berries like blueberries and strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies

Incorporating more of these inflammation-fighting foods into your diet can provide some big health benefits.

Anti-Inflammatory Thanksgiving Recipes:

Here are some delicious anti-inflammatory recipes perfect for your Thanksgiving menu:

1. Roasted Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

Salmon is rich in omega-3s that reduce inflammation. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which also helps decrease swelling. Combine roasted salmon filets with a fresh salsa of pineapple, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime for a meal that fights inflammation.

2. Kale Salad with Beets, Oranges and Walnuts

Leafy greens like kale contain antioxidants and fiber that lower inflammation. Beets are also packed with phytonutrients. Toss kale with roasted beets, orange slices, and toasted walnuts for a bright, nutritious salad.

3. Green Bean Casserole with Mushrooms

Substitute heavy cream for vegan yogurt or milk in this holiday classic. Swap the fried onions for sautéed mushrooms which contain inflammation-reducing selenium. The green beans and yogurt provide a Vitamin K which can regulate inflammatory cells.

4. Sweet Potato Gratin with Walnuts

Slice sweet potatoes thinly and layer into a gratin with chard or spinach and toasted walnuts. Sweet potatoes contain an antioxidant called beta-carotene which turns into Vitamin A to tamp down inflammation. Walnuts add anti-inflammatory omega-3s.

5. Apple Cranberry Crisp

Berries are loaded with antioxidants that fight inflammation. Bake sliced apples and cranberries under an oat and walnut topping for a fruity, nutritious dessert. Use olive or coconut oil instead of butter.

How Your Auburn Chiropractor Can Help

At Auburn Chiropractic Associates, we are dedicated to supporting you on your journey toward optimal health, where pain and discomfort no longer disrupt your life. This Thanksgiving, you can indulge in all your favorite holiday treats while also incorporating foods that are great for fighting inflammation. And remember, our team is here to offer you friendly and personalized chiropractic care that is free from drugs and invasive procedures. We cater to individuals of all ages in the Auburn community, so come on in and let us help you feel your best! Contact us today to learn how we can help you live your healthiest life!

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