Lemon Tart Smoothie

This lemon tart smoothie is full of protein and healthy fats, making it a perfect anti-inflammatory smoothie for breakfast, snacks, or even a meal replacement!

In this winter anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe we’re gonna be taking advantage of cauliflower and, obviously, lemon.

anti inflammatory lemon tart smoothie

This smoothie recipe includes:

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of frozen cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp of coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla protein powder
  • And 1 ½ cups of unsweetened milk
anti inflammatory lemon tart smoothie for breakfast

Frozen bananas

Now if you don’t have a bag of frozen bananas and just toss bananas into the freezer when they’re about to go bad like I do, the easiest way to use them is to put in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then just slice the skin off the banana and slice the banana up. I know it looks super gross, but bananas naturally brown in the freezer like that, so no worries.

Frozen cauliflower

frozen cauliflower in bags

For the cauliflower, you can find this in the freezer section at your grocery store, but just know that they should have cauliflower florets, and riced cauliflower. You can use either, but I prefer the riced because that’s just that much less blending you’ll need to get the chunks out of your smoothie.

Coconut butter

coconut butter

Now for the coconut butter, this can sometimes be tricky to find. Basically, coconut butter is the coconut meat ground down into butter, the same way that peanut butter or any other nut butter is made.

So for this recipe if you can’t find coconut butter, you can do one of 2 things:

  1. Either make your own coconut butter with coconut flakes—but you’ll need to make sure they’re free of any type of coating,
  2. Or you can use coconut oil.

The difference in the two lies in the fact that the fat is all extracted from the coconut butter, which is the oil. So on these containers you can see that they have the same servings size, and per 1 TBSP, the coconut butter has 100 calories, 10 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber.

Coconut oil, on the other hand, is 120 calories of only fat. No carbs and no fiber.

coconut butter and coconut oil jars

If you’re counting calories and/or macros, this is something to be aware of if you need to sub out the coconut butter.

Protein powder

putting protein powder into a blender

For the protein powder, I recommend checking the label and making sure there’s no sugar added. A lot of reputable protein powders are now using stevia or monk fruit to sweeten the powder.

If you can handle dairy, a whey protein powder is great. If you need non-dairy or vegan, pea protein powder is really great.

Milk

pouring milk into a measuring cup

And lastly, the milk can either be dairy if you can tolerate it or any other non-dairy unsweetened milk. Make sure it’s unsweetened so it doesn’t have added sugar.

I really don’t like using oat milk either because it has so many carbs straight from grains with no fiber.

Directions

So into the blender, we juice our whole lemon, add in the frozen banana, 1 cup of frozen cauliflower, 2 TBSP coconut butter, ¼ cup of vanilla protein powder, and 1 ½ cups of unsweetened milk.

Then blend or pulse it in a high-powered blender until it’s super smooth, pour, and enjoy!

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Lemon Tart Smoothie

This anti inflammatory smoothie is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fat, making it perfect for a winter breakfast, snack, or even meal replacement.

  • Author: Laura Brigance, MS, CHC
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of frozen cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp of coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla protein powder
  • And 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened milk

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender.

Pulse or blend on high until super smooth.

Enjoy!

Keywords: smoothie

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Carrot Cake Smoothie

This carrot cake smoothie takes advantage of our winter root vegetables while packing an anti-inflammatory smoothie punch that’s filling and satisfies the sweet tooth!

anti inflammatory carrot cake smoothie

So let’s talk ingredients.

Carrot

Our carrot is gonna be raw so the smaller the pieces you can put in your blender, the easier it will be to get smooth.

Frozen bananas

cutting a frozen banana on a cutting board

If you don’t have a bag of frozen bananas and just toss bananas into the freezer when they’re about to go bad like I do, the easiest way to use them is to put in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then just slice the skin off the banana and slice the banana up.

I know it looks super gross, but bananas naturally brown in the freezer like that, so no worries.

Milk

pouring milk into a measuring cup over a blender

The milk can either be dairy if you can tolerate it (organic, full fat) or any other non-dairy unsweetened milk. Make sure it’s unsweetened so it doesn’t have added sugar.

I really don’t like using oat milk either because it has so many carbs straight from grains with no fiber.

Yogurt

2 containers of yogurt on a counter top

I personally prefer Greek yogurt, so if you can tolerate dairy- I’ve got 2 options for you that abide by anti-inflammatory diet guidelines.

  1. The first is just plain unsweetened Greek yogurt.
  2. The second is the Oikos brand called Oikos Pro.

I always prefer for any dairy to be organic, but if it’s not available, these options will do. The Oikos Pro has no sugar added, and no artificial sweeteners, but has added whey protein to bump up the protein content.

If you’re dairy free you can use coconut yogurt or any other dairy-free yogurt as long as it’s unsweetened.

Cinnamon

holding a bottle of cinnamon forward

Cinnamon is a beautiful spice that adds that perfect complimentary carrot cake spice, and not only is anti-inflammatory, but it also helps control blood sugar levels.

Fresh ginger

grating fresh ginger over a blender

Lastly, fresh ginger is an amazing add-in whenever you’re able. It’s got anti-inflammatory properties and gives this smoothie recipe the bite that it needs to be fresh, zingy, and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Directions

So once we’ve got the carrot chopped or grated, add it into the blender with the bananas, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, and grated ginger.

Then blend it in your high-powered blender, pour up your anti-inflammatory Carrot Cake Smoothie, and enjoy!

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Carrot Cake Smoothie

This carrot cake smoothie takes advantage of our winter root vegetables while packing an anti-inflammatory smoothie punch that’s filling and satisfies the sweet tooth!

  • Author: Laura Brigance, MS, CHC
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x

Ingredients

Scale

1 medium carrot, chopped or grated

2/3 of a frozen banana (or 2/3 cup frozen banana)

1/2 cup of unsweetened milk

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp grated ginger (fresh)

Instructions

  1. Grate or finely chop the carrot.
  2. Grate the fresh ginger.
  3. Combine all ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend on high until super smooth, taking care to ensure all the carrot chunks are broken down.
  4. Pour and enjoy!

Keywords: smoothie, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free

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Citrus Pear Smoothie

This Citrus Pear Smoothie is a green anti-inflammatory smoothie that combines signature winter flavors to create an absolutely refreshing snack or breakfast smoothie.

citrus pear smoothie

So let’s talk ingredients.

citrus pear smoothie ingredients

Frozen avocado

So, first off, if you’re not using frozen avocado chunks, which you can buy at the grocery store, you can either freeze your own avocado ahead of time, or use it at room temperature.

Just know that if you use it at room temperature, that’s the only ingredient that was frozen, so we’ll need to use some ice in the place of part of the water so your smoothie is cold and slushie.

Pear

cutting a pear into wedges with an apple corer

We start out cutting up the pear and parsley. Pear is so delicious when it’s in season in the winter, and the skin is usually softer than an apple.

The skin is also full of antioxidants, and one in particular is quercetin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, plus it has lots of fiber.

So I keep the skin on. You can cut the top and bottom off so it stands on its own, then use an apple corer get perfect wedges while taking the core out.

Parsley

chopping parsley on a cutting board

Parsley is full of vitamins K, C, A, and Bs. It’s also been shown to help reduce blood pressure and bloating, so I love to use parsley in any recipe I can. It just needs to be roughly chopped for this smoothie.

Lemon juice

juicing a lemon into a blender

Lemon juice adds just a bit of tang to this smoothie, as well as a bit more Vitamin c. Fresh is always best since most lemon juice in the bottle has added preservatives.

Water

pouring water into a blender for an anti inflammatory citrus pear smoothie

Make sure you use filtered water, and if your avocado isn’t frozen, use ½ cup of water and about ¾ to 1 cup of ice to replace the 1 cup of water.

Instructions

And then we just add all the ingredients to the high-powered blender, blend really well until all smooth—remember it’s chopping up pear skin if you kept it on, so you may need to let it go for a bit.

Then pour up and enjoy!

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Citrus Pear Smoothie

This smoothie combines the winter flavors of pear and citrus with anti-inflammatory greens to create a refreshing combo that will keep you full.

  • Author: Laura Brigance, MS, CHC
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x

Ingredients

Scale

1/2 avocado (or 1/2 cup frozen avocado chunks)

1 pear

1 cup of spinach

1 handful of parsley (fresh)

1/2 of a lemon, juiced

1 cup of water

Notes

If you don’t have frozen avocado, you can freeze your own, or substitute 3/4 cup ice and 1/2 cup of water for the full cup of water in the recipe.

Keywords: smoothie, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free

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3 Anti-Inflammatory Smoothies Perfect for Winter

Even though winter produce is less abundant than our other 3 seasons, there’s still plenty of goodness available—especially for anti-inflammatory smoothies.

So today I’m got 3 anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes to take advantage of the winter produce and give you a balanced anti-inflammatory breakfast smoothie, or snack.

We’ve got an anti-inflammatory green smoothie, which we call Citrus Pear Smoothie, a Lemon Tart Smoothie chock full of protein, and a Carrot Cake Smoothie that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the sugar.

anti inflammatory smoothies

Citrus Pear Smoothie

First up is our citrus pear smoothie. This green smoothie tastes clean and refreshing and is super yummy with the combination of pear and lemon.

Grab the printable Citrus Pear Smoothie recipe HERE.

Lemon Tart Smoothie

This anti-inflammatory smoothie definitely has the tart flavor down. But it’s also packed with protein and healthy fat, which would make it a perfect meal replacement as well.

Grab the printable Lemon Tart Smoothie recipe HERE.

Carrot Cake Smoothie

And last, we have our Carrot Cake Smoothie which satisfies the sweet tooth while still being crazy healthy! I love to be able to use root vegetables from the winter, so this smoothie is perfect!

Grab the printable Carrot Cake Smoothie recipe HERE.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite is!

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Crispy Kale Chips

If you’re looking for a super easy and healthy winter snack, Crispy Kale Chips are a super easy choice! They’re the ‘savory cotton candy’ of the snack world. Each bite is lightly crisp but dissolves in each addictive bite.

The other plus is that these Crispy Kale Chips are crazy easy to make.

crispy kale chips

The printable recipe is below, and it’s also featured in our Winter Freestyle Meal Prep session (check it out and get the printable guide!)

Step 1: Choose your kale

First of all, opt for organic if you can. Greens easily soak up pesticides, especially since the part you eat isn’t protected by a shell or a pod cover or skin. Pesticides are inflammatory to all bodies, so it’s best to be safe. If that’s not an option, make sure you wash it well when you get home.

Second, I know it can be tempting to grab a bag of the pre-chopped kale, but that’s a huge mistake. The reason is that they don’t remove the stems, and you’ll be left for an hour just trying to trim out all the mini stems.

crispy kale chips

Instead, get a bundle of whole kale leaves.

Step 2: Trimming kale for kale chips

One method I’ve found to trim kale leaves is to hold the end of the stem, and use a paring knife to sort of scrape the leafy part away from the stem.

crispy kale chips

You do have to be careful that you don’t cut through the stem, especially if your knife is super sharp.

The other option would be to lay the whole leaf flat and just cut out the stem. Or, you could fold the leaf in half and just make a single cut to remove the stem of the kale.

crispy kale chips

Once the stems are removed, simply tear the pieces in medium to large chunks and place in a bowl.

Step 3: Massaging kale for kale chips

Adding oil is going to help with the crispness, so drizzle some avocado, warmed coconut oil, or MCT oil on the kale leaves in the bowl.

Some people don’t think it’s necessary, but I do like to massage the leaves to loosen the fibers. Also this allows the oil to get evenly distributed.

You’ll literally just stick your hands in, massage the leaves, and turn over chunks as you’re working to get the oil on everything.

*DON’T SEASON YET!

crispy kale chips

Step 4: Cooking kale for kale chips

Cooking the kale is super easy. You simply place the contents of the bowl on a large baking pan.

crispy kale chips

Kale cooks at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes or so. Keep an eye out and make sure they’re getting browned (this is how they get crispy) without getting burned.

Step 5: Cool, season, and enjoy!

Let them cool to finish crisping, and then add sea salt or any other seasonings you wish. It’s best to wait until they’re cooked to season because they shrink and it’s really easy to over-season your kale chips.

Kale Chips flavor options

Some flavor options are:

  • Ranch (nutritional yeast + lemon juice + salt)
  • Chili Lime (chili powder + lime juice + salt)
  • Salt and Vinegar (vinegar + salt)
crispy kale chips

And enjoy! They can be stored in a baggie or container on the counter for a few days.

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Crispy Kale Chips

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Snack

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 bunch kale leaves (organic)
  • 1 TBSP avocado oil (or warmed coconut, or MCT)

Instructions

  1. Prehead the oven to 300 degress F.
  2. Wash and trim all kale leaves.
  3. Tear leaves into medium to large chunks and place in a large bowl.
  4. Drizzle the oil, and massage to evenly distribute the oil.
  5. Spread the entire bowl of kale on a baking sheet, spreading out as much as possible.
  6. Cook for about 20 minutes, making sure the leaves are getting browned without burning to ensure crispness.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Season with sea salt or any other seasoning of choice.
  9. Enjoy! (Can be stored on counter in a container for a few days)

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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crispy kale chips

Winter Pear and Yogurt Bowl

When apples are done for the fall, pears move right on in to take center stage! And this Winter Pear and Yogurt Bowl is super versatile, macro balanced, and oh so yummy!

pear and yogurt bowl

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The thing that’s so great about nourishing yogurt bowls like this is that you can add whatever you feel like adding (like as long as it’s anti-inflammatory and falls in your macros if you’re trying to lose or gain weight.)

And although we used Greek yogurt for this bowl, if you’re dairy-free, you can simply sub that out for coconut or almond yogurt.

Another reason these are so easy is that you can just throw it together in 3 minutes.

But the yogurt mixture can be portioned out, and the toppings can separately be portioned out so you can meal prep them ahead of time for the week. (Win!)

Now, I really used to not like pears that much. Even though we had a pear tree as a kid, they were the variety that big food companies use to can (you know–the ones that sit on the grocery store shelves?) I don’t like the grittiness.

But if you get the winter varieties that are a bit smaller, the skin is actually very soft and the inside texture isn’t gritty. Which is why I now love pears. 🍐

Since I keep the skins on (they’re full of nutrients like apple skins are!) I use a trick to quickly and easily slice and core them.

How to quickly and easily cut and core a pear:

  1. Cut off a thin slice from the bottom of the pear so it sits flat
  2. Cut the top skinny part off
  3. Use an apple corer/slicer the same way you would an apple
pear and yogurt bowl

Here’s what I put into my creamy and nourishing Winter Pear and Yogurt Bowl:

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Winter Pear and Yogurt Bowl

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, Plain and unsweetened (or coconut or almond yogurt for dairy-free or vegan)
  • 1/2 pear (halved and cored)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 23 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup pepitas ((pumpkin seeds))

Instructions

  1. Dip yogurt into a bowl. Add the stevia and vanilla extract, then stir till completely mixed.
  2. Top with pear slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Enjoy!

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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pear and yogurt bowl
pear and yogurt bowl

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix Recipe

If you’re all in on the anti-inflammatory diet, and it’s finally fall, then Pumpkin Spice Mix definitely needs to be one of your pantry staples.

Not only is it delicious, but it’s also made of super anti-inflammatory ingredients.

homemade pumpkin pie spice mix recipe

So, what happens regularly around our house is that I’m looking for my spice mix, and…. It’s been all used up by my kids, and they also conveniently forget to tell me we’re out of it.

So I started keeping spice mix recipes so I can make my own any time that happens.

Here’s how to make your own pumpkin spice mix to keep in your pantry.

homemade pumpkin pie spice mix recipe

Our ingredients are :

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cloves
  • Ground allspice
  • And our last surprise ingredient is a pinch of ground black pepper.

The reason I love adding in ground black pepper is that all the other spices already have mega anti-inflammatory properties, but black pepper has a compound in it that boosts absorption of the nutrients in the other ingredients.

Now when I’m making spice mixes, I like to just use a measuring cup that has a spout like this one so I can pour it into the container without a funnel.

homemade pumpkin pie spice mix recipe

So I add all the spices into the measuring cup, no special order, then stir really well. You want to make sure to get everything mixed really really well, then pour into your storage container.

homemade pumpkin pie spice mix recipe

This spice mix is perfect in any recipe that calls for pumpkin pie spice mix, like pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin seed granola, pumpkin muffins, and even pumpkin pie.

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper (a pinch)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Make sure to mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour into storage container.
  3. Use in any recipe that calls for 'pumpkin pie spice mix'.
  4. Store indefinitely in a cool, dark pantry.

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Cozy Keto Pumpkin Muffins

When it’s fall (ya’ll) 😆 everybody goes bonkers for pumpkin spice, and these keto pumpkin muffins should definitely be in your saved + often-used recipe collection.

keto pumpkin muffins

And I get it–it’s (hopefully where you live) starting to cool down, and that crisp snuggly feeling should be crankin’ up!

The only thing is… when we think of ‘cozy’ things, it usually veers in dramatically different directions: Either heavier soups and stews (savory), or warm, sweet breads (sweets direction).

Lucky for you, I’ve got the sweet covered with a fiber-filled, pumpkin-spice loaded muffin that is sugar-free, and also has the added benefit of being a great after-dinner snack (if you add on the pumpkin seeds–they contain melatonin. 😉)

keto pumpkin muffins

Now, I know some of us like stevia, some prefer erythritol, some like monk-fruit, and on and on. So I put 2 options in the directions to accommodate for either choice, because that one option will determine baking time.

So warm up some unsweetened coconut (or almond) milk and enjoy! 🍂

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Cozy Keto Pumpkin Muffins

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 27 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 6 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 eggs (large)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, canned
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 TBSP coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp stevia liquid (OR 1/3 cup erythritol (Swerve brand works great))
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup pepitas, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F + prepare pan. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line your muffin tin with liners (paper tend to stick unless you spray with oil).
  2. Mix wet ingredients + spices. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, stevia (or erythritol), coconut oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Mix dry ingredients. In a small bowl, mix together the coconut flour, salt, and baking powder. Then whisk into the pumpkin batter.
  4. Pour batter into muffin papers. Evenly divide the mixture in the 6-muffin tin cups.
  5. Bake based on type of sweetener used. Bake 22-25 minutes (using stevia as the sweetener), or (27-29 minutes using erythritol as the sweetener).
  6. Test if done. Muffins are ready when a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove, cool + enjoy! Pop muffins onto a towel or cooling rack, and let them cool completely for optimal fluffy texture.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 156

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free

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Keto Pumpkin Pancakes | Anti-Inflammatory, Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Cooking breakfast for everyone on the weekends is one of my husband’s favorite things to do. And this is seriously one of my favorite breakfasts for fall.

Because how can you beat pancakes and pumpkin?

And since we’re on a mission to control our blood sugar levels, we’re doing it with an anti-inflammatory keto version of pumpkin pancakes that you’re gonna love!

One thing I wanna highlight for these keto pumpkin pancakes is that they’ve got a good amount of protein in them.

What we’ve found in our house is that the kids tend to veer more towards carbs in the morning, so if I use a higher protein recipe, they’re getting a better balanced meal that leads to less blood sugar spikes (and crashes) and keeps us full longer.

But the norm to accomplish this is to use a protein powder. Instead, I like to use egg white powder for that extra protein. (This trick also keeps it dairy-free.)

Also, if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice mix, grab that recipe HERE.

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Keto Pumpkin Pancakes

Anti-Inflammatory, Gluten free pancakes perfect for fall

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup egg white powder
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP erythritol (or other granulated sugar-free natural sweetener)
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1 TBSP avocado oil (to cook pancakes)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except avocado oil in a blender; blend until combined- stopping halfway through to scrape the edges down.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet to medium. Add avocado oil.
  3. Pour batter into pan, trying to keep it equal to serving size.
  4. Cook 3-4 minutes, flip and cook about 2 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free

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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte | Anti-Inflammatory | Sugar Free | Vegan

One of the biggest bummers of going anti-inflammatory was learning that sugar was TOTALLY out. Especially in the fall when I love me some PSL—

However—hope is not lost!

I’ve got a healthy pumpkin spice latte that won’t jack your blood sugar up (or your waistline) like a Starbucks PSL will.

Just for reference, the Starbucks PSL has FIFTY grams of sugar in it!!

It’s sugar-free, dairy-free, anti-inflammatory, and full of pumpkin spice goodness.

{And just in case you don’t have any pumpkin pie spice, you can grab that recipe HERE.}

Now let’s get started!

healthy pumpkin spice latte

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Gather your ingredients

First we start with our ingredients, which are:

Pumpkin puree, coffee, erythritol or other granulated natural sugar-free sweetener, vanilla extract, unsweetened non-dairy milk of your choice, and pumpkin pie spice.

healthy pumpkin spice latte

Prepare the 2 parts of your pumpkin spice latte

First, you need to go ahead and start your coffee brewing. This will take a few minutes.

While your coffee is brewing, add that cup of nondairy milk to a small saucepan and turn it to medium heat, then add in your sweetener, and the pumpkin puree.

healthy pumpkin spice latte

And then whisk it really well until it’s all mixed together,and let it get really warm.

Then turn off your heat, add the vanilla extract and pumpkin spice, give it another good whisk…

healthy pumpkin spice latte

And then you’re ready to pour it up!

Pour it up like a barista

Put the coffee in your mug first, then pour the pumpkin milk mixture into the coffee.

healthy pumpkin spice latte

And enjoy your pumpkin spice latte that has mega anti-inflammatory ingredients WITHOUT the crazy amounts of sugar.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte | Anti Inflammatory, Keto, Vegan

A healthy pumpkin spice latte that won't skyrocket your bloodsugar!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 oz coffee (strong)
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (of your choice, unsweetened)
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp erythritol (to taste, or granulated natural sugar-free sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Brew coffee while making pumpkin milk mixture.
  2. Place a small saucepan on medium heat. Combine milk, pumpkin puree, and erythritol. Whisk together.
  3. Keep whisking until mixture is warm.
  4. Turn off heat. Add vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.
  5. Pour coffee into a mug, then pour pumpkin milk mixture into it.
  6. Enjoy!

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Anti Inflammatory Pumkin Cheesecake Smoothie

The Anti-Inflammatory Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie You’ve Been Waiting For

Today we’re making what tastes like dessert but is a balanced meal with a fall-inspired yummy twist: Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothies

pumpkin cheesecake smoothie anti inflammatory vegan gluten free

So, there’s nothing better than that break in heat from the summer and smelling fall in the air, and when it comes to easy, yummy, FAST meals, you can’t beat a smoothie.

This fall-inspired, anti inflammatory Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie owes its anti-inflammatory balanced macro goodness to pumpkin and banana and a surprise ingredient that gives it that creamy cheesecake mouthfeel that keeps us coming back for more. 😋

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And here’s how you make it…

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Prep Your Ingredients

Although many smoothies are just ‘dump and blend’, this one needs two ingredients pre-frozen: a banana and the pumpkin puree.

We keep bananas that were about to go bad in a baggie in the freezer so I always have them on hand for smoothies (or ice cream). But the pumpkin puree is a different story.

For this smoothie I measured out the pumpkin puree and placed it on a silmat and put it in the freezer. (This should freeze for about 30 minutes to an hour.)

pumpkin cheesecake smoothie anti inflammatory vegan gluten free

Dump and Blend

Once those 2 ingredients are frozen you’re free to dump them all in a high-powered blender (my choice is the Ninja), including our secret ingredient that we use instead of cream cheese: Silken tofu.

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Now, if you’ve never eaten or used tofu before, settle down. I used to avoid it like the plague because of all the bad press soy has gotten over the years. The truth is that it’s full of vegan (complete) protein, fiber, and healthy fat.

The reason some soy isn’t considered healthy is because if it’s NOT organic, it’s laden with chemicals, and the soy oil is extremely oxidized.

So choose organic and you’re good to go!

Also, if you can’t find silken (which is a much softer version), you can still use medium or firm, you may just have to add a few TBSP of water and blend longer for it to get super smooth.

Blend all your ingredients until super smooth (scraping the insides of the blender if needed).

pumpkin cheesecake smoothie anti inflammatory vegan gluten free

Then pour it up and enjoy!

pumpkin cheesecake smoothie anti inflammatory vegan gluten free
pumpkin cheesecake smoothie anti inflammatory vegan gluten free
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

The Anti-Inflammatory Vegan Cheesecake Smoothie You've Been Waiting For

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 oz tofu (silken)
  • 1 banana (frozen, small)
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (frozen for 30 min – 1 hour beforehand)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy alternative)
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon, juiced)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Freeze pureed pumpkin beforehand for 30 min – 1 hour.
  2. Add all ingredients to a high powered blender.
  3. Blend until super smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Notes

Fat: 11

Carbs: 43

Fiber: 11

Protein: 22

Nutrition

  • Calories: 323

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THE Fall Pumpkin Spice Superfood Smoothie

Your New Go-To Fall Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

There’s nothing better than that break in heat from the summer and smelling fall 🍂 in the air, and when it comes to easy, yummy, FAST meals, you can’t beat a smoothie— And if you love pumpkin spice as much as I do, you’re gonna love this!

pumpkin spice superfood smoothie anti inflammatory

So this fall-inspired, Anti Inflammatory Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (that is a mouthful!)—is packed with anti-inflammatory goodness like pumpkin, avocado, spinach, and ginger, and I have a feeling it’s gonna become your GO TO smoothie for fall from now on.

Now, as much as I’d like this to be a gorgeous pumpkin color, as with all smoothies that have greens added…it’s green. But this absolutely doesn’t detract from it’s yumminess–pinky promise.

And here’s how you make it:

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

This smoothie is made with pumpkin, banana, avocado, spinach, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, nondairy milk, egg white powder, and keto maple syrup.

pumpkin spice superfood smoothie anti inflammatory

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Step 2: Put them all in the blender

Honestly this is why smoothies are so darn easy. You just put them all in the blender at once.

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The one caveat for this smoothie (I’d suggest) is to hold off on the egg white powder until everything else is nice and smooth, because it can make it thicker.)

A high-powered blender is always recommended, like this Ninja, or if you want to spend more, the Vitamix is a favorite for a higher price tag.

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Step 3: Assess thickness

If your smoothie is having a hard time blending, you may need to add a little more liquid to it. If it gets too thick it can’t run back down to the bottom where the blades are doing their thang.

pumpkin spice superfood smoothie anti inflammatory

Step 4: Assess sweetness

I always like to do a little taste-test and just make sure the sweetness is where I like it. If it needs more, I add a tiny bit at a time. If there’s no sweetener in the recipe, I add a natural zero calorie sweetener like liquid stevia, monk fruit, or erythritol.

Step 5: Pour it up + enjoy!

In all honesty, sometimes smoothies make way more than I can handle in one sitting. So if it’s a bit too much, just store it in the fridge for up to a day.

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The Pumpkin-Spice Superfood Smoothie: Your New GO TO Fall Smoothie

An anti-inflammatory smoothie made with fall superfoods.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 cups baby spinach (fresh)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 piece ginger (fresh, grated)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup keto maple syrup (I used Lakanto brand)
  • 2 TBSP egg white powder (or plant-based plain protein powder)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. If too thick, add a few TBSP of water at a time, or 4-5 ice cubes.
  4. Taste test to determine if sweet enough.
  5. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!

Notes

Per serving:

Fat- 9g

Carbs-40g

Fiber-7g

Protein-12g

Nutrition

  • Calories: 267

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Gluten-Free, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Blueberry Paleo Pancakes

One of the best things about summer has got to be the delicious assortment of fresh berries. And if your family is like mine, it’s pretty darn rare for anyone to turn their nose up these gorgeous juicy gems.

Our typical problem with baking with them is that so many recipes add in (totally unnecessary) sugar to sweeten berries up. The thing is, if they’re in season and fresh, they absolutely don’t need extra sweetness.

And one of our absolute favorite ways to use them is in pancakes. And these Paleo blueberry pancakes are super yummy AND can easily take a switchout for whichever summer berry goodness you have on hand!

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Blueberry Paleo Pancakes

These Paleo blueberry pancakes are super yummy AND can easily take a switchout for whichever summer berry goodness you have on hand!

  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 TBSP monk fruit sweetener (granulated, or keto maple syrup)
  • 1 1/2 tsp avocado oil (for pan)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen; or other summer berries)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk all the wet ingredients EXCEPT the blueberries; in a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients. Then add the dry into the wet a little at a time, whisking until completely combined.
  2. Either add blueberries into batter, or save for topping pancakes (or both!)
  3. Heat a pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot add the oil. Spoon the batter into the pan in scant 1/4 cup portions to form small pancakes. Divide the blueberries between pancakes and cook for about three to five minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. Repeat with any remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as needed.
  4. Divide pancakes between plates and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 241

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free

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Anti Inflammatory Spring Charcuterie Board

When spring has sprung, we looove having friends over for weekend get-togethers! Admittedly, living in the Houston area has its benefits since we use our patio at least 8 months out of the year. But it does still get cold here!

anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board

One of my favorite things when we entertain is to make a charcuterie board, platter, or table because everyone seems so happy grazing while catching up.

But making it anti-inflammatory allows for everyone to enjoy the finger foods while not worrying about the ramifications later.

anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board

And this anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board seemed a fun addition to our weekends that signified the ending of winter.

anti inflammatory spring charcuterie board

Grab the recipe list below and let me know when you create your own spring board! Post it and tag me! 👉 @truewell.co

**Also, if you’re a charcuterie beginner, check out the mega guide: How to Build an Anti-Inflammatory Charcuterie Board

AND

Build a super cute Anti Inflammatory Easter Charcuterie Board! 🐇

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Anti Inflammatory Spring Charcuterie Board

Since charcuterie boards have pretty random different quantities depending on size of the board and how much is needed for creative license, I don't include amounts in the ingredient list. 🙂

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients

  • deviled eggs
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • baby dill pickles
  • kalamata olives
  • green olives
  • cherry tomatoes
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • raspberries
  • grapes
  • almonds
  • mozzerella pearls
  • chives (for garnish)
  • mint (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Chop broccoli and cauliflower into tiny florets
  2. Peel and slice kiwi
  3. Slice strawberries
  4. Slice celery
  5. Arrange on board
  6. Add chive and mint garnish + additional spring flowers or other decor
  7. Serve!

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Anti-Inflammatory Easter Charcuterie Board

Easter is, no doubt, one of the best times to get together with friends and family to have a brunch. After all, spring has sprung, the weather’s getting nice, and we’re all at our wit’s end with heavy winter recipes.

This Easter charcuterie board is made anti-inflammatory style to accommodate those of us who can’t have all the processed and cured meats.

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If you’re new to charcuterie boards, check out the post on How to Build an Anti-Inflammatory Charcuterie Board for all the ins and outs, and then grab the recipe below to create your own Easter charcuterie board (or platter) anti-inflammatory style!

Here are ideas and tips for arranging your Easter anti-inflammatory board or platter:

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Decide your pattern

For this platter, since it was oval-shaped like an egg, I wanted the design to resemble a decorated Easter egg. That meant lines across but with pattern interplayed.

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Divide fruits and veggies

I decided that I had enough color to be able to divide the fruits to one side and the veggies to the other with the deviled eggs being the divider in the middle between the two.

I sometimes like to do this just to also make sure the savory flavored ingredients aren’t touching sweet ingredients. (You know what I mean if you’ve ever tasted a pickle-flavored strawberry. 😂)

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Disperse color throughout

Unless you’re going for an ombre effect or specific color groupings, try to spread the colors through the board so that the eye moves through the entire thing. Remember, these things are made to be pretty!

(I realize I could’ve done a better job with the darker colors, but if you’ll notice the dramatic contrast of the blueberries on the top half, this sort of makes my point that contrast attracts the eye. Now looking at these photos later it sort of makes the bottom half look a bit boring, lol!)

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Garnish

The last step is to decorate. So the first think I love doing is using fresh herbs because they’re brightly colored and are great finishers.

I used mint and chives in mine because they feel so much like spring. (My daughter also wanted it to look like there was grass on the platter, lol!)

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Final decor

And the final decor would be any other items you want to place to round out the theme or look of the board or platter. These would be things like number or letter cutouts, flowers, or other themed accessories.

I chose tree blooms to go on this one because the redbud trees and Bradford pears were bursting when we made this board.

So grab the recipe/ingredient list below and let me know if you made one! Post it and tag me: @truewell.co

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Anti-Inflammatory Easter Charcuterie Board (or Platter)

Since charcuterie board assembly has a bit of an 'unknown' factor when it comes to quantity (lest we dampen our creative process…) the quantities for ingredients are left out in this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients

  • deviled eggs
  • olives
  • baby dill pickles
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cherry tomatoes
  • celery
  • baby carrots
  • assortment of nuts (of choice)
  • grapes
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • kiwi
  • any condiments, sauces, or dips of choice

Instructions

  1. Chop the broccoli and cauliflower into tiny florets.
  2. Slice celery.
  3. Peel and slice kiwi.
  4. Slice strawberries.
  5. Arrange on board or platter.
  6. Garnish with decor.
  7. Serve!

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, nightshade-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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How to Build an Anti-Inflammatory Charcuterie Board

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The charcuterie board has become one of the biggest crazes on social media in the last couple years. I’d blame it on how gorgeous they can be… but I think after lockdowns and quarantine, the appeal may also have to do with the fact that they represent togetherness: If you’re building a board, you must be having a get-together.

And that’s what makes them so fun–having a way to entertain and feed guests at the same time! It also doesn’t hurt that there are literally a million ways to build a charcuterie board based on what season, holiday, or event is being celebrated.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

That being said, most charcuterie boards have a few ingredients as staple items that are no good for those of us trying to live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

Especially since the definition of charcuterie revolves around cured meat products (even though nowadays we add on lots of other fun stuff, too!)

So here’s how to build a board that’s just as pretty and fun, while also keeping out the foods that send inflammation into overdrive.

What exactly makes this an anti-inflammatory charcuterie board?

Obviously the thing that will determine how anti-inflammatory your board is will be the ingredients that you add. These are normally the processed meats, breads, crackers, many of the dips or sauces (including honey), and some dairy additions.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

The thing to remember about making a charcuterie board anti-inflammatory is that it’s made up of so many fresh ingredients that you can still make it gorgeous and fun without all the inflammatory no-go foods.

There are also (thankfully) enough substitutions for things like crackers and dairy-based dips to give us plenty of options that are A-OK on the anti-inflammatory diet.

So let’s get to it.

STEP 1: Choose your base

The very first step is choosing what your base will be. Since the word ‘board’ is in ‘charcuterie board’, you may automatically think you need a special board for this. Or even a cutting board (which is a good option).

But the truth is that you can expand this way beyond just a plain ole board.

Platters in various different shapes are great, cutting boards (wooden or stone are the prettiest for this), boards specifically designated for charcuterie, or even something more creative like a dough bowl. (I’ve even been seeing charcuterie boxes lately!) Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

Here are some great options:

You’ve surely even seen some of the spreads down the entire countertop. These are usually referred to as ‘spreads’, ‘tables’, or even ‘grazing tables’.

In that case, you may just need some butcher paper as your base. (Although even this larger cases I do still recommend having some boards and other platters to add visual interest.)

👉How to choose between a board, platter, or table? First think about how many people you’re feeding or entertaining. If it’s just a few, a smaller board or platter is perfect. 5-10 would be better served with a board. 20-30 people may warrant several boards or a spread.

There’s really no formal calculation on this, but just know that these boards are traditionally the thing people see when they walk in the door to your get-together.

Although they can be used as the option for sides at a meal, they’re normally used as appetizers before the main meal.

Since people love to graze, especially when having drinks and mingling, it’s highly likely the whole thing will be cleaned off by the end of your get-together.

STEP 2: Layering and levels

Different levels could work for smaller boards, but is usually best when you have a larger board, need a little extra space, or are doing a spread.

The best types of varying levels would be things like raised cake platters, or even a bowl upside down as a pedestal for a smaller platter to sit on.

Using layers can give the board a really interesting add-on while helping to delineate or highlight certain ingredients.

For example, if you have some special ingredients for those with allergies or foods that contain alcohols that kids don’t need to partake in, special levels can designate those foods separately.

I’ve even used separate platters before to keep crackers away from the juices of the fruits and veggies.

STEP 3: Ingredients

Obviously the ingredients are the star of the show. Even though the goal here is an anti-inflammatory board, it should still be pointed out that probably most of your guests (if this is for a get-together) probably don’t eat by anti-inflammatory guidelines.

When this is the case, don’t be afraid to add in ingredients that you don’t eat yourself. Most people appreciate the variety, even if you’re not eating some of those foods.

Another important thing to consider is the season or theme of the get-together (or board). Winter themes probably shouldn’t include things like zucchini or summer squash while spring and summer themes wouldn’t include cranberries.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Fruit and Veggies

Unless the board is specifically for, say, pre-dinner vs dessert (meaning no fruit vs no veggies), I like to make sure I have a mix of half veggies and half fruit. I also add in lots of extra finger foods like nuts and sometimes seeds. These all work perfectly for an anti-inflammatory diet.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Cheese

Cheese can be ok if it’s organic, but it may be a good idea to keep it separate if you have anyone who can’t have dairy.

Cheeses that are great for charcuterie boards include mozzarella pearls and pre-sliced cheese that you can cut into different shapes if needed.

Triangular shapes are popular because you can layer pieces while shifting the directions, creating a super cool pattern. Soft cheeses like brie may be ok, but try to choose organic as well.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Nuts

Unless there’s a severe nut allergy, these can be a great way to add texture and variety. I recommend buying the kinds that are salted and roasted, and individual types, not mixed. (This allows easier flexibility in arranging them.)

Crackers and breads

Bread can be a tricky addition because slices can dry out quickly. It’s especially tricky when it’s gluten-free or grain-free because the slices are more crumbly and hard to manage.

If you include bread, I do recommend pre-slicing it so that the guest line can move along quicker and nobody has to handle a knife.

I personally don’t usually include breads just because they can be tough to deal with when I have so many other things going on as the hostess.

But if you really want to include it (or just try out some yummy grain-free bread!) I recommend the Simple Mills brand:

Crackers are usually a fun addition because you can use them to separate sections on a board, and they come in different shapes to add visual interest.

Gluten-free or grain-free are a little more limited in variety, but can be just as fun!

I’ve recently found these grain-free crackers that are yummy and have just enough crunch to satisfy:

Protein

As said before, processed meats are a definite no-no on an anti-inflammatory diet. So if you choose to leave them out, you can still always add chunked-up grilled or baked chicken, steak bites, or even tuna.

There are some brands now that are uncured, so this may even be an option. If you do opt to have processed meats, I still recommend choosing organic.

Eggs are also a really great protein option. Boiled, that is. (Unless you’re doing a breakfast or brunch board, in which scrambled can still work too.)

Deviled eggs are becoming a popular addition as well since they’re cooked, prepped, ready to go, and usually super yummy.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Sauces and spreads

Any anti-inflammatory sauces, spreads, or condiments will probably have to be homemade as most store-bought versions are full of inflammatory oils, preservatives, and non-organic dairy.

Some good options for these include hummus, bean dips, and homemade versions of yogurt dips or dressings for dipping veggies.

Honey has sugar, sure, but it can be a nice add-on for others. I always recommend raw and organic.

Fruit spreads are also a favorite as they pair well with cheeses and crackers. It can be hard to find sugar-free versions that also don’t have artificial sweeteners. So if you’re going for anti-inflammatory just for yourself, you may need to whip this one up yourself.

Consider color

Since one goal of the charcuterie board is to sit and be gorgeous, an important thing to consider when choosing your ingredients is color.

Some boards vary color throughout the board, while others have distinct color groupings.

💡 Think about how you want to arrange the board, or the colors you may need to emphasize before making final choices on ingredients to go on the board.

For example, I did a 4th of July board last year that distinctly moved from red to white to blue. This meant that I didn’t include ANYTHING that was green.

STEP 4: Design and place

The most fun part of a charcuterie board is designing it, then placing all the ingredients!

Designs can be literally anything, but the most eye-catching ones usually follow any of these patterns:

  • Linear separations
  • Symmetrical design
  • Color groupings
  • Balanced color through the board
  • Randomized texture

Basically, don’t just put stuff willy-nilly on the board. Have a visual plan in place and follow it, adjusting as needed.

And don’t forget to place your levels as you go as well (like the tiered cake platters.)

STEP 5: Containers

This step is needed for any sauces or condiments, but it’s also a neat visual add-on for things that are small and may need to be contained (like nuts or seeds.) I even use them sometimes for olives since they’re sometimes covered in oil or brine.

Using small containers like ramekins is perfect, but I’ve even seen other fun stuff like cupcake papers or silicone cupcake wrappers. Just make sure the spacing is random or proper spacing throughout the board or table.

An art professor in college once pointed out that the goal of any piece of art is to encourage the eye to move around the total piece, not just focus on one thing. This is the same concept with charcuterie boards. You may have a main focal ‘part’, but you want the entire thing to be visually appealing.

STEP 6: Decor and garnish

I think this is the most fun part, because it speaks to whatever season, holiday, or event you’re celebrating!

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

Decor and garnish can be as simple as letters or numbers cut out of cheeses, as easy and natural as flowers from your yard, or as themed as paper or plastic cutouts and do-dads you’ve purchased specifically for this get-together.

Garnish can also be as simple as fresh herbs.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

The possibilities are endless.

These, too, should be spaced out so they make sense visually and continue to encourage eye movement around the board.

STEP 7: Plates and serving

Plates are necessary for charcuterie serving, but make sure that you pay attention to the types of foods you have as well.

  • Do you need spoons to scoop anything?
  • Are there soft cheeses or spreads that require a knife?
  • Would toothpicks be the obvious choice for some of the foods (like olives)?
  • Would little serving forks be best for spearing things?

Make sure you have appropriate serving pieces to make things easy. (And don’t forget the napkins! 😉)

STEP 8: Timing

I’ll be the first to warn you that make a charcuterie board can take a while!

That being said, you want to try to time the finished masterpiece with when your guests arrive (unless you have a large enough fridge to accommodate until then.)

Just remember that the last thing you want is a food poisoning situation from foods that have been out too long because you made the thing first thing in the morning when guests didn’t arrive until late afternoon.

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

I will sometimes place the tiered platters and ramekins, then arrange the nuts and crackers earlier. Then when it’s closer to time for guests to arrive I’ll place the cold items and garnish with decor right as people arrive.

If it’s just a board I’m making for us at home, the kids will NOT let me do it alone! So it’s actually a kind of cool time to spend together creating something pretty we can eat when we’re finished. 🥰

Charcuterie boards can be a super fun way to add spark and interest to your food choices at any get-together! (I still have friends who talk about boards I’ve done on various holidays.)

But admittedly, it can be a challenge to create one that’s anti-inflammatory. Don’t despair, though–it CAN be done!

Check out my spring charcuterie boards and get the ingredients lists and charcuterie platter ideas of your own! 👇

The ‘Easter’ anti-inflammatory charcuterie platter:

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The ‘Spring Anti-Inflammatory Charcuterie Board’:

anti inflammatory charcuterie board

And hit me up on Insta! Post your charcuterie board and tag me! @truewell.co

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Green Smoothie Protein Muffins

When it comes to bulk recipes that are easy to grab-and-go, you can’t get much more balanced than these Green Smoothie Protein Muffins!

Not only do these powerhouse muffins have spinach in them (hence, the green color), but they’re also packed with fiber and a boost of protein to make these perfectly balanced.

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Green Smoothie Protein Muffins {anti-inflammatory, vegan, gluten-free}

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients

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  • 1 tsp coconut oil (organic, virgin unrefined)
  • 2 1/3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 bananas (ripe)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 2 TBSP pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup whole milk (organic, or non-dairy unsweetened milk of choice))
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups oats (rolled or steel-cut or old-fashioned)
  • 1 TBSP baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (177ºC) and line a muffin tin with liners. Brush the liners with coconut oil or use silicone cups to prevent the muffins from sticking.
  2. In your blender, combine the baby spinach, bananas, protein powder, dates, and milk. Blend until smooth, then add the eggs, oats, and baking powder. Blend again until a batter is formed.
  3. Scoop the muffin batter into the cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  4. Let cool and enjoy!

Notes

  • Recommended Protein Powder

    This recipe was developed and tested with a plant-based protein powder. If using a different type of protein powder, results may vary.

  • Leftovers

    Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days, or freeze for two months or more.

  • Add-Ins

    After blending, stir in chocolate chips, fresh berries, walnuts, or anything else you like to add to banana muffins!

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, nightshade-free

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Egg, Bacon, + Avocado Bowl

This high-protein, high-fat breakfast bowl will keep you satisfied and focused for hours in the morning. Plus it’s a perfect post-workout muscle builder!

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Egg, Bacon, + Avocado Bowl

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

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  • 2 slices bacon (organic, uncured)
  • 2 eggs (medium to large)
  • 1/2 avocado (chopped)
  • 1 TBSP red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 TBSP red bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • sea salt + pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Prep all vegetables per the ingredients list
  2. Fry the bacon until crisp on a non-stick pan. Let it cool slightly and chop.
  3. Combine the bacon, eggs, avocado, onion, and bell pepper in a bowl.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to serve.

Notes

Per serving:

32 g fat

14 g carb

23 g protein

*For vegan option, replace eggs with meat-free substitute

Nutrition

  • Calories: 378

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Egg Broccoli + Turkey Muffins

These little savory muffins are full of comfort, without the carbs. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, and amazing as a batch-prepped breakfast or snack!

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Egg Broccoli + Turkey Muffins

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, lunch, Snack

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 head broccoli
  • 5 eggs (medium to large)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 pinch chili flakes (optional)
  • 4 slices turkey (from deli)
  • 1/3 cup cheddar (shredded)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 360°F(180°C).
  2. Place the broccoli in a pot of boiling water and cook for approx. 3 minutes. Strain and cut into small pieces.
  3. Beat the eggs in a medium-size bowl, add the minced garlic and season with salt and pepper, and chili flakes if using.
  4. Grease a 6 muffin tray with oil or butter, and fill the muffin tin with evenly divided broccoli, ham, and grated cheese. Pour the beaten eggs into the muffin tin and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until eggs have set.

Notes

Per muffin nutrition:

6 g fat

4 g carb

10 g protein

*For vegan option, replace cheese with plant-based cheese + replace turkey with meat-free option.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 102

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Avocado + Egg Salad

This delicious high-fat take on egg salad is a perfect breakfast or lunch, and can be easily paired with whole-grain or grain-free bread for a quick toast or filling sandwich.

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Avocado + Egg Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, lunch, Snack

Ingredients

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  • 3 eggs (medium to large)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 avocado (ripe)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 TBSP cilantro (fresh, chopped)

Instructions

  1. Boilthe eggs (put in warm water and cook 5 and a half minutes after the water hasboiled, then pour cold water in the pot and cool). Once cooled, peel and chop into cubes and put in a bowl.
  2. Press the garlic,and addto the eggs.
  3. Half the avocado, remove the stone and cut the flesh into cubes. Place the avocado and cilantro the bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.
  4. Season everything with salt and pepper, and gently mix. Garnish with more cilantro.
  5. Serve immediately on whole-grain or grain-free bread or on its own.

Notes

Per serving:

24 g fat

9 g carb

11 g protein

Nutrition

  • Calories: 298

Keywords: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free

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