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Arthritis Friendly Christmas Holiday Recipes

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With a certain condition like arthritis, it is sometimes disheartening to eat delicious food because it will catch up on you soon enough and trigger your arthritis pain. Although people with arthritis are often discouraged because of certain restrictions of food intake, you can still have a good hearty meal this Christmas season with arthritis recipes that won’t trigger your arthritis pain. Having a good holiday meal is not easy to reach, even if you have pain and fatigue in your muscles. You still can have certain recipes that are arthritis friendly.

Here are some easy to whip Christmas Holiday Arthritis Recipes:

Sweet Cocoa Recipes: Studies have shown that cocoa, especially dark chocolate, is good for the body, taken in moderation of course. Cocoa is packed with antioxidants which are called polyphenols. Here are some cocoa recipes:

Cocoa Banana Walnut Bread

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. allspice
2 large eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
1/3 cup canola or grapeseed oil
2 Tbs. molasses
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and allspice in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs lightly and stir in the sugar, yogurt, molasses, bananas, vanilla and oil. Fold walnuts and pour batter in the pan. Bake for 45 minutes to about 50 minutes and check with a toothpick by inserting it at the center to know if it is already cooked.

Cocoa-Spiced Chicken Salad

1 Tbs. cocoa powder
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbs. honey or maple syrup
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. grainy mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups baby spinach
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/3 cup toasted sunflower seeds (optional)

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cocoa, sugar, cumin, cayenne, salt, thyme and pepper together. Coat the chicken with the mixture you just made. Place a silicone lined baking sheet and cook for about 20 minutes to an internal temp of 165 degrees.

Cookout Dishes:: Studies have shown that cocoa, especially dark chocolate, is good for the body, taken in moderation of course. Cocoa is packed with antioxidants which are called polyphenols. Here are some cocoa recipes:

For Starter Dishes you can serve grilled whole grain bread with tomato based bruschetta, puree of white bean, hummus or other special spreads. You can also grill zucchini, squash, onion and peppers.

For The Main Course: Skip the burgers and choose mushroom marinated burgers with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. These are best anti-inflammatory compounds which help reduce pain and sensitivity to pain. Salmon with lemon is also a great main course.

Condiments: No ketchup please! Use salsa which is packed with anti-oxidants. Olive oil based pest or tomato spread are also good alternatives to ketchup and mayo.

Easy Cook Healthy Black Beans::

Cumin-Scented Black Bean Dip

Black beans,
3 Tbsp. olive oil,
1/2 cup plain,
low-fat yogurt,
1/2 tsp. ground cumin,
and 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic until smooth.

Instructions: In a food processor, mix all ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper. You can serve with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, or pita chips.

Black Bean Salat with Quinoa, Squash and Lime

1/4 cup dried quinoa,
1 cup chopped butternut squash,
1/2 cup plus
2 Tbsp. water
Beans
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions: Simmer quinoa, squash for 15 minutes. Partially cover until squash is cooked and most of the water is absorbed. Stir in beans, crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then drizzle with lime juice and olive oil.

Breakfast Egg Recipes: Eggs are packed with Vitamin B and protein which are good daily starter food. They keep you feel full and help with weight loss.

Open-Faced Eggs Florentine Sandwiches

2 tsp. olive oil
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
2 slices whole-grain bread
3 eggs
1 Tbsp. milk
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Baked Eggs Provencale

1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
4 eggs
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Chopped basil or parsley

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