There are 25 grams of protein in each of these beauties. The high protein is stemming from the use of ground chicken, almond flour, egg, and pistachio topping. There is only 4 g of carbohydrate, making these an ideal snack for an anti-inflammation diet or a diabetic diet. Coming in at a moderate 11 grams of fat, these little loafs will give you satiety by keeping you full but are also waist friendly and will keep you lean.
Banana Peanut Butter Date Baked Oatmeal
This dish is gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free, making it the epitome of an anti-inflammatory recipe! In the past I have made a simple version of this soup with only the chard and chicken thighs; but I must admit this version is by far my favorite. By searing and browning the onions, leeks, and potatoes you are infusing so much flavor into each of them that the end result is definitely restaurant quality. The depth of flavors developed by vegetables alone will amaze you!
Leeks are something that everyone should add to their diet and this is why.
When the leek stalk is cut or crushed the compounds convert to allicin.
This recipe is also posted in my antioxidant blog section but since Lyme patients have to focus so much on antioxidants I found it relevant to put here as well.
Kohlrabi looks like a vegetable from an alien planet and can be rather intimidating. If you can get past the bizarre appearance it might just become one of your new favorite foods! It has a taste similar to broccoli stems, but sweeter and crisper. I think of it as being a substitute for celery, apple, or bell pepper. In the salsa recipe above, it provides a refreshing crisp flavor and texture to compliment the sweetness of the mango and cut through the heat of the jalapeno.
Kohlrabi is similar to broccoli in that it is a cruciferous vegetable. They are most notable for having a pungent taste when eaten. This pungent flavor is actually a chemical process occurring in your body as you chew them and continues through digestion. The end result is isothiocynates, which is a potent anti-cancer compound being linked to stopping cancer cell growth in over a dozen types of cancers. In order to get to the end result, we must go back to the beginning of the story where kohlrabi meets mouth.
The process is complicated so I will do my best to simplify it, just realize there is much more to this story and I am highlighting the......highlights.
Kohlrabi contains many amazing compounds; two of which are glucosinolate and myrosinase. The two of them work in tandem like Bonnie an Clyde, needing one another for maximum results. Myrosinase is activated when the vegetable is damaged (chopped or chewed). Once myrosinase is activated by chewing the glucosinolate can now convert to an isothiocyanate and the Bonnie and Clyde love affair has come to an end. As previously mentioned it is their love child, isothiocynates, that is the cancer preventing substance we are all wanting to circulate in our bodies. They are currently being researched, and could play a role in future anti-cancer drugs.
In addition to kohlrabi being anti-cancerous, it also provides more Vitamin C per serving than an orange. It is also associated with increasing gut health, boosting weight loss, decreasing blood pressure, and aiding in healthy vision.
Cilantro is the key to why this recipe is such a winner for Lyme survivors. When you have Lyme disease you are automatically prone to becoming host to a variety of bacteria and viruses. Eating foods that can combat this process is what you need to focus on in your treatment. Cilantro contains a naturally occurring antibacterial called dodecanal. This compound has been shown to fight salmonella, a serious foodborne illness. A study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that cilantro was twice as potent at killing salmonella than the most common antibiotic prescribed. Cilantro also contains something called borneol that is capable of destroying cold causing viruses and germs. One of the common sources of salmonella is ironically the base of this meatball: chicken. For that reason, the pairing of the two seems like a natural marriage.
More awesome health info for Lymies! Cilantro is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps with arthritis. I personally had awful arthritis with my Lyme so this is one of my favorite foods.
These meatballs are the best for food prep, I make a ton of them and they freeze really well. My fiancé is addicted to these little balls of joy.
NO DAIRY, NO GLUTEN, NO REFINED SUGAR!
The natural sweetness of the dates and banana is the perfect contrast to the tart pineapple peach combo. When you bake oatmeal it has a bread pudding consistency and is inherently fluffy and creamy.
Many Lymies have a lot of illness associated with the bowel. Personally I had issues with vomiting and parasite issues within my gut. The greatest advantage of dates for intestine is their content of nicotine inside the fleshy parts. Nicotine helps to check the harmful microorganism development and has the potential to regulate the bacterial interactions in the intestine. When you have Lyme your immune system is so trashed that often times you become a host for all sorts of nasty bugs. Combating them with liberal use of dates keeps in check the growth of pathological organisms and helps to establish a colony of friendly bacteria in the gut.
With only 24 calories per date, dates are very high in dietary fiber, low in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and contain three times the potassium that bananas do. Very few other fruits offer this healthful combination. Dates have the highest concentration of polyphenols among dried fruits. If you are in the mood for something sweet, add these beautiful fruits to your arsenal.
As previously mentioned, having Lyme disease means your immune system is in a constant struggle. You need to make it high priority to find foods that will give it the tools it needs to be as strong as possible. Adding two kinds of fresh bell peppers is a great way to make this colorful dish rich in immune boosters. Vitamin C is especially concentrated in red peppers at the highest levels. One serving of red pepper provides about 213% of RDA of vitamin C. Vitamin-C is a potent water soluble antioxidant. Inside the human body, it is required for the collagen synthesis. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in this vitamin helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
Bell peppers also contains good levels of vitamin-A. A serving of peppers has 101% of vitamin A. In addition, it contains anti-oxidant flavonoids such as a and ÃŸ carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin. Together, these antioxidant substances in sweet peppers help to protect the body from injurious effects of free radicals generated during stress and disease conditions e.g. Lyme disease.
Knowing what to eat with Lyme disease should be like any other disease. You should be able to google "what to eat" and "what to avoid" and get a decent answer at the tip of your fingers. The truth is, it's not that easy. If you have Lyme disease you probably just consider yourself lucky to finally have a diagnosis; to finally have an answer. The problem is that Lyme disease is one of the least researched, least funded, least recognized diseases on the planet.
I struggled for 8 years with Lyme disease before I was diagnosed (more details in about me section), and the only way I could provide myself any comfort was by choosing the right foods to eat. Lyme totally destroys your immune system! It is crucial to receive medical treatment for Lyme disease, but equally as important is your diet. Diet is what gives your immune system the much needed reinforcement to fight the immense battle ahead of you. In each blog post I will outline why that recipe is ideal for a person suffering from Lyme. I don't focus as much on all the things you shouldn't have, but instead focus on adding in as much nutrition to your diet as possible.
If you want a detailed meal plan, check out the rest of this section. If you would like an overview, I will make it simple. Anti-inflammatory! That means no gluten, no dairy, no refined sugar, no yeast. Yes, I did say that I don't like to focus on things you can't have. So now that that's done with we can focus on creating healthy meals full of disease fighting foods.