Anti-inflammatory Foods To Add To Your Next Grocery Haul

  Inflammation is a normal protective process that occurs in the body after an injury or acute illness like the flu. We normally feel this inflammation in swollen glands and congested noses, and over time, as we get better, this inflammation goes away. Inflammation can become a problem when it is long lasting, because it causes damage to healthy cells in the body. Chronic inflammation can be caused by stress, over consumption of processed food and added sugars. Inflammation from these sources has been linked to chronic diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Type 2 Diabetes. The good news is that there are foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and that can help combat chronic inflammation, improving overall health and wellness. First up is Turmeric. This is a root plant of the ginger family, which is typically purchased as a ground powder. It has a versatile flavour profile, which allows it to be added to so many foods and beverages, hot or cold. Curcuminoids are components of tumeric, which include curcumin. It is curcumin that how been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, by acting on and reducing the effect of molecules that can create inflammation in the body. Try our recipe for ‘Golden Milk’ for an easy way to incorporate turmeric into your diet. Olive Oil is the next anti-inflammatory powerhouse. To be specific extra virgin olive oil is rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects. This is particular for reducing the chance for atherosclerosis, which is a build up of plaque in the arteries. Including 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil each day is part...

Tropical Burst Smoothie

Smoothies are a great option for breakfast, a snack or as a way to get in those oh so important veggies and fruits. This one has a bright and delicious flavour, sure to please any palette. Ingredients  1 chopped banana  1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)  1/2 fresh orange 2 basil leaves  1/2 cup Greek or Coconut yogurt  3/4  cup coconut milk (or liquid of choice)  ** A few ice cubes if fruit is all fresh and you prefer your smoothie a little colder** Directions Mix all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Pour, sip and...

Peach Ginger Mint Iced Tea

You will need…   8 cups of water 8 medium mint leaves 2 tea bags (ginger peach) – I used President’s Choice bagged tea 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup maple syrup or your favourite natural sweetener Prepare the steeped tea… I steeped my leaves on the stove in a pot but you can choose your favourite method. Bring the water to a boil and hold for 1 minute. Add in the leaves and turn off the heat, but leave the pot on the stove. Steep for 10 minutes (longer if you want a stronger brew). After 10 minutes, remove the tea from the stove, and mix in the lemon juice and maple syrup. Allow the tea to cool completely and serve over ice. Makes 6-8...

Basil Lemon Iced Tea

You will need…  8 cups of water  6 large basil leaves  2 tea bags (black tea) 1/4 cup lemon juice  1/4 cup maple syrup or your favourite natural sweetener   Prepare the steeped tea…  I steeped my leaves on the stove in a pot but you can choose your favourite method.  Bring the water to a boil and hold for 1 minute. Add in the leaves and turn off the heat, but leave the pot on the stove. Steep for 10 minutes (longer if you want a stronger brew). After 10 minutes, remove the tea from the stove, and mix in the lemon juice and maple syrup. Allow the tea to cool completely and serve over ice.  Makes 6-8...

Cranberry Citrus Cocktail

It’s the holidays, and that means it’s time for a cocktail. My Cranberry Citrus Cocktail is low calorie and will complement any holiday party or meal. Food Photography by Breeann Merritt Photography Design Prep Time: 2 minutes You will need… A cocktail shaker  1 Ice cube 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, black berries and strawberries) 1 oz chilled raspberry flavoured vodka 4 oz soda water or diet spite if you want more sweetness A heavy splash of diet cranberry juice   1 wedge each of lemon and lime  Prepare the cocktail…  In a large cocktail shaker add the ice cube, frozen fruit, lemon and lime wedge (squeeze before adding), vodka, juice and soda water/sprite.  Place lid on shaker, shake gently, tilting side to side as the cocktail mixes and chills. Pour cocktail into chosen glass, leaving ice, and fruit behind. Enjoy! Makes one...