“Anti-inflammatory” is quite the buzz word in nutrition lately! When it comes to diets and such, I am not a big fan. Why? Because diets don’t work. They are not sustainable. No ifs, ands, or buts! Continually educating yourself on nutrition and absorbing knowledge from different angles is the key to learning what foods are best for your body.Every day you hear different buzz words and diets such as keto, paleo, low-carb…the list goes on. It is hard to depict what you should and shouldn’t listen to when it comes to nutrition; although, anti-inflammatory is most definitely a buzz word your ears should be open to! Let me give you the low-down on what inflammation is, how nutrition can influence it, and how it pertains to (wink wink) diabetes.
Inflammation is a vital body function. Everyone needs a certain extent of inflammation in their bodies because it not only fights infection, but repairs injury as well. Inflammation fights invaders of your body such as germs, toxic chemicals, etc. Although, unfortunately inflammation can become chronic causing all types of damage. Chronic inflammation can negatively impact insulin resistance, the main cause of Type II diabetes.
Inflammation sounds difficult to overcome, but a healthy diet can improve chronic inflammation QUICK! Consuming foods high in omega-3 fatty acids in addition to whole fruits and vegetables is key to fighting chronic inflammation. With my nutrition expertise, I have put together the best summer anti-inflammatory fruit plate for you! This is the perfect side dish for your next BBQ and requires zero cooking! I mean, how great is that?!
Anti-Inflammatory Fruit Bowl: Cherries, Pineapple & Blueberries
Cherries and blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Antioxidants deliver the gorgeous deep colors of these berries. Additionally, the phenolic compounds of cherries and blueberries give a great anti-inflammatory boost! Pineapple is packed with vitamin C and contains bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme which aids in protein digestion! Bromelain reduces inflammation in the gut, improves immune function, and is a major player in protein digestion.
These fruits deliver many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boosts to your diet. But, they also contribute to glowing skin, stronger immunity, and beauty from the inside and out! Give it a try and let us know what you think 😊
Fresh summer fruit bursting with both sweet and sour flavors. This combination is perfect for your next weekend BBQ!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1 lb. cherries
- 1 pint blueberries
Cut the pineapple into desired shapes. Wash the cherries and blueberries under running water for 1 minute.
Place all the fruit in a big bowl and ENJOY!