LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING COOKOUTS? Healthy Grilling Tips For Arthritis Sufferers
MAIN DISHES Instead of greasy burgers, brats and hot dogs , try some meaty mushrooms marinated in equal parts olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. You’ll get immune-boosting nutrients in the mushrooms, vinegar and lemon juice. Plus, studies show that oleocanthal, one of the most concentrated anti-inflammatory compounds in olive oil, dampens the body’s inflammatory process and reduces pain sensitivity with a pharmacological action similar to ibuprofen. Another great option is salmon with a splash of lemon and a sprinkling of savory summer herbs. Salmon is rich in omega-3s and vitamin D, both of which enhance joint health, boost immunity and protect against inflammation. CONDIMENTS Instead of ketchup (which packs 2 teaspoons of sugar per tablespoon) or mayonnaise (which is
relatively high in unhealthy fat) , try antioxidant- packed salsa or pico de gallo . Weighing in at just four to five calories per tablespoon, and zero fat, salsa boasts plenty of nutrients. Don’t forget, olive oil based pesto or sundried tomato spread is another good alternative. All three ingredients – olive oil, basil and sundried tomatoes – are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. SIDE DISHES Instead of mayo-based salads like coleslaw, potato salad and macaroni salad , try bean or Caprese salad . All beans boast fiber, protein and a bevy of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Put together some sliced tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and you’ll have a tasty Caprese salad . Plus you’ll get more oleocanthol and cancer-fighting lycopene.
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