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18 Anti-Inflammatory Recipes That Are Worth Trying

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Hey guys! I'm Michelle. Recently, I had a medical scare involving double vision that, for the first time in my adult life, made me take a true, hard look at my health and diet.

I don't know if my diet played any role in my acute double vision — it may very well have played ZERO part in it — but I figured now would be as good a time as any to examine sources of inflammation in my diet and lifestyle.

In my quest to understand nutritional sources of inflammation, I spoke with registered dietitian Kristen Brogan, of wellness platform On Target Living.

Generally speaking, on an anti-inflammatory eating pattern, you should focus your dishes on vegetables, fruits, some spices, nuts, and omega-3 fats.

According to Brogan and other sources, here are some basic guidelines you should follow for an anti-inflammatory "diet":

Consume plenty of vegetables and fruits. Generally speaking, this goes along with the anti-inflammatory principle of sticking to foods that are as close to their natural states as possible.

Consume whole grains, as opposed to refined carbohydrates like pasta, white bread, and white rice.

• Consume foods rich in omega-3 fats, like flaxseeds, chia seeds, and fish oil.

Season foods with anti-inflammatory herbs and spices like cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, rosemary, ginger, sage, and thyme.

• Make oily fish your primary protein.

• Consume alcohol, processed meat, and dairy rarely.

• Avoid processed foods and refined sugars.

• Cut out trans fats completely.

Like the Mediterranean diet (which is a type of anti-inflammatory diet, btw), an anti-inflammatory eating pattern works best when coupled with a healthy lifestyle. Lifestyle factors that can cause inflammation include poor sleep, high stress, lack of movement, smoking, and long-term use of antibiotics and medications.

Without further ado, here are 18 recipes that fit the anti-inflammatory bill:

2. Artichoke Ricotta Flatbread

3. Lemon Chicken With Asparagus

5. Chickpea Shawarma Salad

6. Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

7. Fish Taco Bowls With Chipotle Aioli and Coconut-Lime Cauliflower Rice

8. Tomato Basil Garlic Chicken

10. Spaghetti Squash Garlic Noodles

11. Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

12. 15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles

13. Greek Chicken Topped With Tomato, Olive, and Feta

14. 5-Ingredient Green Curry

15. Spaghetti Squash With Asparagus, Ricotta, Lemon, and Thyme

16. One-Pan Salmon With Wild Rice and Broccoli

17. Farro Risotto With Butternut Squash and Kale

18. Easy Salmon Cakes