April Anti-Inflammatory Dinners: What to Cook (April 10)

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This week’s menu, April Anti-Inflammatory Dinners, focuses on reducing sugar and adding inflammatory-fighting ingredients to our weeknight meals. These healthy dinners also happen to be diabetes-friendly too.

Top view of Lemon Pasta with Shrimp on a blue plate for April Anti-Inflammatory Dinners

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As we do in most of our weekly dinner menus, we like to focus on eating a good balance of healthy fats, lean protein and complex carbohydrates.

Skipping added sugar and focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet is a healthy way to live. Much like the Mediterranean Diet lifestyle so many of us follow.

Let’s start by looking at a list of foods considered by registered dieticians to have inflammatory-fighting properties.

Low Sugar and Anti-Inflammatory Food List

Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD has put together this list of foods considered to be anti-inflammatory and low in sugar. Try to incorporate more of these in your daily diet.

  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots, Plums
  • Grapes
  • Citrus: Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes
  • Pomegranates
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Green Leafy Vegetables: Spinach, Kale, Chard
  • Nuts and Nut Butters: Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios
  • Fatty Fish: Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, Sardines
  • Unsweetened Dairy, Kefir, Yogurt
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Whole Grains
  • Avocados
  • Seeds

April Anti-Inflammatory Dinners Menu

Monday’s dinner is a hardy and healthy one pot lentil dinner that makes enough for lunches throughout the week. Serve with greens and slices of whole grain bread, or whole grain pitas (my favorite) if needed.

Tuesday’s dinner is a healthy bowl of spring flavors with a simple pasta and shrimp meal that comes together in minutes!

Wednesday’s dinner is a one-pot Mexican quinoa dish packed with flavor and healthy, anti-inflammatory ingredients. Another satisfying dinner to feed your hardy eaters! Serve with all the Mexican condiments you love like avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, etc.

Thursday’s dinner is a filling seafood salad made with couscous. Did you know that the selenium in couscous can boost your immune system? “This antioxidant helps reduce inflammation and boosts immunity by lowering oxidative stress in your body.” Couscous is also a good source of protein.

Friday’s dinner is a quick and healthy main dish salad, perfect to end the week on. Consider prepping chicken breasts ahead and this salad is ready in 15 minutes or less!

Treats: For quick and healthy breakfast or snack options, we have Mediterranean Egg Muffins you can make ahead. For a second option, energy bites that are delicious, healthy, and refined sugar-free!

Have a beautiful week!

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April Anti-Inflammatory Dinners: What to Cook (April 10)

April Anti-Inflammatory Dinners: What to Cook (April 10)

These April Anti-Inflammatory Dinners focus on reducing sugar and adding inflammatory-fighting ingredients to our weeknight meals.

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