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Special meals for Arthritis patients

19 April, 2015

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Food is important in controlling inflammation. Here are some tips for your meals which will help in Managing your rheumatoid arthritis.

Breakfast: For a twist on traditional oatmeal porridge, why not try adding a super-grain: quinoa. Add dried (or fresh) tart cherries. They contain anthocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that may help cut inflammation.

Smoothies are just the thing for busy folks. Make the tea ahead of time and store in the fridge for a quick breakfast as you’re headed out the door.

Gingerbread oatmeal Omega-3 fatty acid is a key ingredient in helping to reduce the inflammation of arthritis and other joint problems, but getting enough of it every day can be challenging. This oatmeal tastes great and gets you half your daily requirements of Omega-3s—and no, we didn’t add any salmon to it.

Ginger apple muffins not only does the dried and crystallized ginger taste great in these quick-and-easy muffins, but they’re also an excellent anti-inflammatory, helping to ease arthritis pain.

Buckwheat quinoa granola try this wheat-free granola topped with almond milk or soy yogurt for an energizing breakfast.

Spinach mushroom fritatta Similar to omelettes or quiches, frittatas provide a backdrop for an endless combination of ingredients. In this case, we're using nutrient-rich mushrooms and spinach that burst with flavor.

Lunch: Pumpkin soup Pumpkins are an excellent source of beta-cryptoxanthin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Pair that with ginger, and you have a potent recipe for arthritis relief. Serve this with a fresh green salad for a healthy lunch or as the first course of a holiday dinner.

Kippers, or smoked herring, is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acid and makes a great alternative to tuna. The smokiness adds a special flavor to this salad, which can be served on top of mixed greens or spread onto whole grain bread.

Roasted chicken wraps A great time-saver for quick meals is the roast chickens you can get at your local supermarket. Pick up two, one for dinner that evening and another for these tasty lunch wraps. They’re perfect to toss into your lunch bag.

Persimmon and pear salad if you’re taking this salad to work, you’ll want to keep the spinach separate from the dressing. Otherwise, it will wilt too much. Toss the remaining ingredients in the dressing and seal that in a separate container. When you’re ready to eat simply toss together!

Roasted sweet potato soup this is a great make-ahead soup that freezes beautifully. Double or triple it and freeze the leftovers for quick meals. Roasting the sweet potatoes before simmering will make the flavors more pronounced.

Smoked trout tartine you’ll often find open-faced sandwiches like this at quaint Parisian bistros. You can bring the essence of the City of Light into your home. Simply serve this meal with a green salad or a cup of soup for a filling lunch or dinner.

Lentil and garbanzo soup this is a great make-ahead soup. Not only does it taste better the next day, but it freezes beautifully. Simply portion into single servings, freeze, and then pop one in your lunch sack for work. It should be thawed out enough to reheat in the microwave when lunchtime rolls around.

Dinner: Poached eggs eggs aren't just for breakfast! Serve this dish with a fresh garden salad and a slice of toasted whole wheat bread for a nutritious dinner. If poached eggs aren't to your liking, try sautéing them in a nonstick skillet.

Make a big bowl of chili. Although delicious by itself, you can top it with a little reduced-fat sour cream or a sprinkling of reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese.

Both Brazil nuts and tilapia are good sources of selenium, a mineral shown to help ward off arthritis symptoms. What’s great about this recipe is that it’s quick enough for a weeknight dinner with the family, but can also be served to company as a fancier dish.

Steaming fish and poultry is a great way to lock in flavor, moisture, vitamins, and minerals. Be sure to serve the fish with some of the steaming liquid, as the liquid will soak up the flavor from the salmon and vegetables.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers with Lime Mayonnaise these burgers are so fantastic, you may just want to give up eating beef burgers. These “burgers” are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene from the sweet potatoes and lime, and they pack some heat from the jalapeno. If you like more heat, go ahead and add another!

Gluten-free crepes many people think crepes are difficult to make and only for special occasions. To the contrary, they’re easy to prepare and a great way to make any meal special. Try filling these crepes with sliced strawberries or bananas. Alternately, you can make them for dinner and fill them with a stew or leftover chicken.

Quinoa turkey stuffed peppers stuffed peppers is a 1950’s classic, but this recipe gives it a modern overhaul. Instead of packing the stuffing with calorie-busting bread, use quinoa, one of the world’s most powerful super-foods. Skip the green peppers and go for red, yellow, or orange peppers for a sweeter taste.

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