Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015, I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 

You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here

You guys!  I swear breakfast can be fun.  You don't have to eat things that you do not like.  Seriously, your food, regardless of your dietary needs, SHOULD NOT SUCK.   You need to do your due diligence and research, research, research.  This is a perfect example of that.  Now, this recipe in and of itself is pretty simple, looks easy and yep, I have all of those ingredients on hand and in my pantry.  So, let's rock this!  WOAH!  Let's take a look at this recipe and break it down to make it anti-inflammatory worthy.  This is where the research comes in handy.  I can eat pretty much anything, with modifications.  First, the recipe - Banana Chia Breakfast Cookies.  So stinking good!   And, Savy Naturalista is really creative!  

Here is how I modified these -

First, applesauce is a sugar alternative.  And, this recipe calls for both applesauce and sugar.  Actually, two different kinds of sugar.  Now, if sugar is fine with you simply follow this recipe as is.  If sugar is not fine here are some options that I've tried and have worked well.  
Option 1 - double to applesauce, and please be sure to use unsweetened applesauce.  Applesauce is sweet as it is, you really don't need the added sugar.  But, do realize that by doubling the "liquid" you will need to add additional "solids" - in my case I increased the flour that I used to get the right consistency. 
Option 2 - run 3/4 of a cup of raisins through a food processor and add that instead of the sugar.  Raisins are naturally sweet and they also blend well with the flavors of this recipe. 

Second, rolled oats.  Make sure that they are gluten-free.  Most are but if you have a gluten intolerance you really should be using the ones marked gluten-free.  But, if you are like me and are just eliminating obvious gluten from your diet the regular canister is fine.  

Third,  flour.  I have used a gluten-free flour mix made of nuts that worked really well.  I've also used gluten-free baking flour that has worked well.  I've also used almond flour as an alternative (that added a great flavor).  

Do not skip the step of mixing the applesauce and chia seeds together and letting it set.  Chia seeds need to soak.  They end up forming a gel-like glob that makes it easier for your body to digest and will aid in you feeling full longer after consuming it.  It's got a whole host of other great effects, go ahead and search the interwebs.  

Now, go forth, and eat great food.  Your dietary limitations should not limit you from enjoying great food. 

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