Day One: Dominique’s Anti Inflammatory Diet: Breakfast Recipes, Spinach, Blueberries, & More

Breakfast has and always will be my favorite meal of the day. I love everything about breakfast! But today’s breakfast is extra special because I’m starting a new, delicious, anti inflammatory diet. In hopes of finding some relief from chronic pain and inflammation; I’m giving up junk food much to the excitement of my body. After only a few elimination days where I cut out hard alcohol, coffee and processed sugars my insides are already thanking me.     

So what is the anti inflammatory diet? It’s a healthy way of eating that can help alleviate painful conditions like arthritis, allergies, fatigue, chronic pain, and possibly even stave off cancer. I’m sure you know the old adage you are what you eat. So true! 

    

I’ve been researching this diet and compiling notes. Some sources say to cut out certain foods while others say they are ok. That’s basically because everyone’s bodies respond differently to various foods. Some people may handle acidic foods (tomato, orange, lemon) just fine while others get upset stomach, acid reflux or even vomiting when consuming too much acid. How can you tell if your stomach is to acidic? PH test your urine;) So when considering any diet keep in mind that you can custom tailor it to your specific needs. Also start off slowly and give yourself plenty of wiggle room. The first few weeks might be an adjustment period but your body with get used to the high fiber that comes with eating “clean.” 

So now for the fun part! 
Recipes! 
This morning I had spinach and onion egg bake with a watermelon blueberry smoothie. I found this very easy to make and super nutritious. If for some reason this doesn’t sound good to you, stay tuned because I’ll be posting many more recipes in the coming days. 

Dominique’s Take on the Spinach and Onion Scramble 
Ingredients:: 1 tbs olive oil

1/2 medium onion diced

8-10 cups chopped spinach

One tsp juice (I used pink lemonade) 

4 large eggs

Instructions 

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and chop onion. Place half the onion in a hot pan with olive oil. The other half can go in the fridge for another time. Chop the spinach and add to the pan once onion is tender. 

Then add a teaspoon of juice (lemon, lime, or orange). I used pink lemonade. Salt and pepper to taste.

Yum. 
Cook the spinach for about five minutes or until properly wilted. 

Spread evenly in the bottom of the pan and make four little impressions to set the eggs in. Crack eggs into the holes and transfer skillet to the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes. If you like your eggs really hard like me break the yolk, cover and cook for another minute or two. 

While your egg dish is in the oven you can make a smoothie if you like them. 

I made a Watermelon Blueberry Anti Inflammatory Smoothie

Ingredients: ~3 cups watermelon 

~3 cups blueberry

One inch fresh sliced ginger root

One table spoon chia seeds

Two cups apple juice 

6 ice cubes

Just blend and enjoy! 

Stay tuned for lunches and dinners, even more anti inflammatory recipes coming up soon! 


-Dominique Barrentine 

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