Having a happy gut can go a long way to feeling better and managing chronic health issues. Chronic inflammation often goes hand-in-hand with chronic diseases, causing pain and a host of other symptoms throughout your body.
Thankfully, we can support our body’s ability to feel better by fueling up with whole foods that are dense with nutrients that the body can use to reduce inflammation.
These seven delicious recipes are anti-inflammatory and tasty, getting you one bite closer to a happy gut and healthy you.
Grilled chicken thighs with pineapple-mint salsa
To me, there’s nothing better than the crispy skin off of chicken thighs. This recipe takes them to the next level with a dose of tangy pineapple mint salsa.
Thighs are a relatively inexpensive cut of chicken, so this recipe is cost-effective, too. But the superstar ingredient is pineapple. It has an abundance of vitamin C, B vitamins, and minerals — and contains a special enzyme called bromelain, which helps support digestion.
Grass-fed beef and veggie burgers
Why grass-fed beef? Cows are ruminants and meant to eat mostly grasses. Yet, our modern agricultural system has turned to cheaper ways of feeding cows like wheat, corn, soy, and by-products, which also make the cows get bigger faster. When the cow eats foods it shouldn’t, it becomes unhealthy — just like us.
Properly fed cows equal healthy cows, and healthy cows equals healthy meat for us.
This colorful recipe beats a regular old burger because it’s also filled with veggies loaded with fiber and antioxidant power.
Broccoli cauliflower soup
This tastes like an indulgent cream-based soup, but instead uses dairy-free coconut milk. The recipe fits the criteria for many healing diets like paleo and AIP (autoimmune protocol).
Broccoli and cauliflower are both part of the brassica family, a nutrient powerhouse. Also called “cruciferous vegetables,” these goodies are especially high in carotenoids, which are the precursor to making vitamin A and are touted for their many health benefits.
Another star of this dish is bone broth. Bone broth is incredibly soothing to our gastrointestinal system. It’s a dense source of amino acids, minerals, collagen, and other substances that help to repair the gut lining. Try making it at home for the most cost-effective and delicious broth.
This soup gets bonus points because it’s freezable, which is perfect for fatigue-filled days.
Crispy drumsticks with balsamic fig sauce
How do you dress up drumsticks to give them a gourmet edge? Figs!
In most places, fresh figs are seasonal, so get ‘em while you can. Figs are a source of potassium among other minerals, and fiber, which supports regular digestion. And they’re so tasty — whether they’re sliced up in salads or used in a heartier dish like this one.
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Basic broiled salmon
Scared of cooking fish? This recipe shows you how to make salmon in a simple, less intimidating way.
There are so many benefits to salmon. Most commonly talked about are its high amounts of omega-3 fats.
Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and that alone makes salmon a perfect food for those living with chronic illness. This healthy source of protein is also rich in B vitamins and vitamin D.
Serve with your favorite sides and don’t forget the lemon wedges!