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AARP Rewards Healthy Plate Contest, Week 3 May 17-23
Welcome to Week 3 of our AARP Rewards Healthy Plate Contest, May 17-23, 2021
This week we are discussing the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet. What are your favorite foods or recipes that help stay in sync with anti-inflammatory diets? Share them here and get 50 AARP Rewards point as well as a chance to win our Week 3 topic. Rules: https://community.aarp.org/t5/AARP-Rewards-Connect/AARP-Rewards-Healthy-Plate-Contest-2021-Official-... . Click here to see information on the contest
- A jar of turmeric spice is front and center in my cabinet for use in everything from homemade vinaigrette salad dressing to veggie omelet for breakfast. A rich yellow color offsets the colorful vegetable array. Try it in cheesy scrambled eggs too
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- I have been drinking a cup of green tea prepared by adding 3 g freshly powdered black pepper and 5g ginger. A great anti inflammatory cocktail indeed for the whole day.
- Sudarshan Ojha
I'm the oatmeal, cinnamon person with to go along; whole wheat, grains, Cheerios, fruits vegetables, fish oil supplements, olive & canola oils, my Sprouts trail mix yummy!!, fiber cereal, all kinds of beans. still gotta have some beef in there...green tea.
We think the healthiest vegetable, and the most delicious, is the asparagus that we grow in our own garden. We are eating it with almost every meal and are so happy that spring has finally arrived so the we can enjoy this wonderful vegetable.
I chop radishes, tomatoes, avocado & green onions together. Mix into cottage cheese, season with a no-salt seasoning & white pepper. I like this as lunch that's easy to prepare in advance & take with me. Alternatively, season the cottage cheese and spread onto toasted sourdough rounds. Spoon some of the veggie mix over the top. Simple & easy for breakfast, appetizer, snack, etc.
One of my favorite meals is a macrobiotic meal which is anti-inflammatory: adzuki beans cooked with butternut squash, brown rice sprinkled with gomasio (sesame seeds and sea salt ground together), and Tuscan kale sautéed in a little water sprinkled with ume vinegar (which is salty). SO good!
Pumpkin Cake with zucchini. Pumpkin is anti-inflammatory. How to sneak vegetables in.
Duncan Hines white cake mix box. Follow recipe. Substitute all water and oil (1 1/2 cup ONLY ) with Trader Joe's pumpkin soup (2 cups) in a carton. (Shake your carton before mixing in.) Mince zucchini to 1 1/2 cups. (Can add more ? ) Add to batter. Bake per instructions. Makes a dense moist cake. Enjoy. (Can add cream cheese frosting but...)
I add cinnamon and ginger to my oatmeal in the morning. I enjoy drinking turmeric tea. I always look for a blend which includes black pepper in the ingredients since it is needed to activate the anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric.
I'm nearly vegetarian. Breakfast: oatmeal with milk, pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds, walnuts and blueberries.
Lunch/ Dinner: either Smoothie: milk and yogurt, greens, banana, assorted organic frozen fruit, vegetarian protein powder, seeds and often a few drops of peppermint.
Or Salad loaded with greens and veggies, avocado, cheese and homemade dressing 2:1 ratio of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and maybe some citrus juice.
or homemade bean soup with sandwich ( veggie-hummus, avocado ) or egg salad substitute avocado for mayo or Cobb salad: with greens, beans, corn, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, avocado, blue cheese and a rare treat - a little bacon!
or pasta with veggies and green salad.
About once or twice a month I might have a tuna sandwich or some salmon.
Treats: Brownies made with black beans Breakfast bars: crust is flaxseed, peanut butter and oats, then plain yogurt and topped with berries; Banana nut or blueberry muffins- made with xylitol for sugar replacement. --- Christine
I follow the Mediterranean diet, shock-full of fresh vegetables and fruits, beans, herbs, plain yogurt. To enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits, I add Turmeric, Cayenne pepper and Cinnamon to many dishes. This way I am starting to like Cinnamon which I have always despised; it sure is an acquired taste and for me a true challenge! Next taste to acquire: durian, the world's smelliest fruit! (May-be.....)
This is my go to recipe to boost immunity and reinforce an anti-inflammatory diet. It's called "Turbo Soup" and is a great warm-up on cold days and makes enough to both serve at home and pack up some to give away to an ailing neighbor.
1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
2 Medium Onions, Finely Diced 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
2 Large Sweet Potatoes, Diced 1 tsp. freshly Ground Black Pepper
into 1/4 " cubes 16 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach
3 Cans - 15 oz.each Black Beans 8 Cups Chopped Kale
1/3 tsp. Dried Oregano 2 Cups Roasted Chicken Breast
2 1/2 (32 oz. each) cartons low Diced Red Pepper
sodium Chicken Broth 1 T Parmesan Cheese, Optional
Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat. Sauté onions, 5 minutes. Stir in
remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat:
cover and lightly boil until sweet potatoes are soft, 12-15 minutes.
Makes 8 3-cup servings. Store in refrigerator up to 4 days. Heat before
serving and garnish with 1 T Parmesan Cheese.
Healthy and delicious - if you like greens and sweet potatoes!!