The Deal With Inflammation + 6 Easy Snacks

5 Nov

There’s a lot of talk ’bout inflammation floating around out there. Before you go dismissing it as a a vague term or another buzzword (I know, I don’t blame you), go ahead and give “inflammation / Havard” a quick search on the ol’ Internet. It’s the real deal, but not in a good way.

In some instances  inflammation is a good thing- it’s actually the body’s healthy biological response to irritation, injury, or infection.

But when our insides take on a less-than-ideal state (caused by a host of reasons from stress to obesity), we experience a  more low-grade inflammation which is different than the acute inflammation that occurs when we have an injury.  Low-grade inflammation puts the body in a constant state of physiological stress and can lead to all sorts of yucko conditions from cancer to heart disease and metabolic issues.

So I guess the million dollar question is: how does one fight low grade inflammation? A quick Google search will lead you to a long list of suggestions, but my #1 strategy is… eating food.


Here are a couple of  my fave go-to snacks, all of which happen to be made up of highly anti-inflammatory grub.


1. Berry Salad: I’m confident in your awareness that: 1. blueberries and other dark berries are full of antioxidants 2. The fact that they’re delicious unless you’re insane, and 3. Are key in preventing inflammation (<-you may not know that, but now you do). This little salad is one of my favorites and I break all sorts of food combining rules by eating this alongside my dinner most nights.

Mix blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries with a good squeeze of lemon, torn mint, + a tsp of slivered almonds or chopped hazelnuts, and add a dollop of Greek yogurt if you’re into that.

2. Half an Avocado + Anti-Inflammatory Shot: Call me cray, but I feel like a weirdo if I don’t eat at least half an avo (my fave food ever) and take a shot of this concoction (my favorite shot ever) each day.

Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit, sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.

The shot can be made with at home with a juicer and is packed full of anti-inflammatories, including turmeric, ginger, and lemon.

3. Sweet Potato Fries Yeah duh. I love anything that tastes like french fries, because, well, because I have working tastebuds. But these are like 9 million times healthier, and in my humble opinion, more yummy.

Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Cut 1 sweet potato sliced into wedges, toss in a teaspoon or so of Extra Virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with cumin, paprika, kosher salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper.   Bake about 30 minutes.

Dark Chocolate + Walnuts: Here’s your version of a super  healthy candy bar, and I promise you it’s more satisfying than a Snack Wells or one of those nasty 100 Calorie snack bags.  A square or two of dark chocky and a small handful of walnuts is super satisfying and packed with healthy goodness… just don’t overdo it if you’re watching your calories- a little goes a long way.

Raw broccoli, cauliflower, and sliced peppers + white bean  hummus. I’m iffy on garbanzo bean hummus. It’s not my fave. But white bean hummus is another story altogether.  It took me a minute to find a recipe that really blew my skirt up, but I finally stumbled upon this way simple recipe – instant winner, super creamy, party favorite, and has been my go-to for a while now. Make some on a Sunday and enjoy it all week.

Chia Seed Kombucha  My experience with Kombucha was very similar to the time I decided to dislike Florence and the Machine without having ever heard a single song. And then curiosity got the best of me and I broke down and listened and fell hopelessly in love. My girlfriend tried her damnedest to convince me that Kombucha did not, in fact, taste like rotten vinegar water.  I resisted for no particular reason other than being difficult. Of course curiosity got me once again and I had to crawl back with my tail between my legs ’cause it’s amazing. Now I drink one almost daily – my fave is GT Chia Seed Kombucha (I ♥ the Hisbiscus, Black Tea, and Ginger flavors), which is packed with probiotics that keepour insides alkaline.

(Photos credit of food network, science daily, GT Kombucha, Syracuse, + Juicemaster Delivered)


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