Easy Anti-Inflammatory Recipe

Easy Anti-Inflammatory Recipe

I, as most people, do not always want to cook after a day at work but when you suffer from auto-immune disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis, diet can be crucial. Does diet affect Rheumatoid Arthritis? Some might say no, I will say heck yeah! Eating foods that contain anti-inflammatory properties is super important, especially if you would like to live pain free. This will be a super simple salad recipe that will not take you longer than your lentils need to cook, it will be filled with foods high in anti-inflammatory properties. Let me also give you a break down of the ingredients and why I have chosen them.

What Is Anti Inflammatory Food

Some foods can cause, lets call it an “allergic reaction” in your body, especially if you already suffer from some for of inflammatory illness. These foods can “irritate” your system and cause the inflammation to increase, by that, it will put your immune system into first gear which can cause pain and, needless to say, inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory food is the opposite. Instead of causing inflammation and your system to react it will strengthen your immune system and it will calm the inflammation down.

Anti Inflammatory Meal Ideas

Bean sprouts are filled with goodness, it contains, amongst other vitamins, Vitamin K, C and B. Vitamin B is a great vitamin for anyone that has rheumatoid arthritis. This little legume also contains Folic acid, which you will have to take as a supplement if you are on Methotrexate. Bean sprouts can be put on top of pretty much any anti inflammatory meal to give it that extra crunch.

Red onions contains amino acid, folic acid as well as vitamin B, it is also highly anti inflammatory as it contains flavonid quercetin and has proven to be very beneficial against inflammation.


Cucumber might not be highly anti-inflammatory, it is however great in the prevention of cancer as it is packed with both antioxidants as well as it will keep your body hydrated.

Beetroot contains calcium, iron,potassium and Vitamin C, all great for your body. Beetroot contains Betalains which are highly anti-inflammatory as well as they will help and prevent cancer.

Lentils contains both folic acid and potassium. There have been studies done that have shown that people who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis do have a potassium deficiency. So adding a bit extra into your diet can only do good.

Sunflower seeds Are high in Vitamin K and are also great for helping to fight inflammation. The seeds will help with the symptoms and relieve pain.

Making a salad out of these ingredients will not only pack your body with highly anti inflammatory foods but it will also nourish your body and give it energy.

Anti-Inflammatory Meal

This is so simple. The ingredients that I just listed, all you need to do is toss them together in a bowl.

You might need to boil the lentils first, which usually takes around 20 minutes or so.

If you are making this your main meal, add in some extra lentils as they will fill you up, or have it with some protein or another salad.

I tossed all these together in a bowl, ( Had to add some capsicum, even though it is not anti-inflammatory, as it is a nightshade which you should try to limit yourself with but I had a craving). Since I do not eat meat I had it with a vegan version of pulled “pork”. You can however have it on the side with anything. Make it your main meal or only have it as a salad on the side and if your feel adventurous, mix it in with some brown rice even.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

Yes, there is such a thing and I will be adding more and more foods into this category as I go along. Your main goal is to stay away from highly inflammatory foods and pack your body full of anti-inflammatory foods. However, you are allowed to eat things that you love, I had a bag of chips a few days ago, definitely not anti-inflammatory, the opposite actually, just do not make it to be something you have every day. As times goes along you will feel your body disliking this kind of food as it will make you feel sluggish and you will feel the inflammation increase.

A rheumatoid arthritis diet will minimize inflammation by avoiding foods, such as nightshades, and aid your body in the struggle by increasing highly anti inflammatory foods such as ginger.


Eating healthy is a choice and eating foods that will help you fight your auto-immune disease is also a choice. It will not matter how much I say that it works or how much it will benefit you, the only way to find out is to try.

This salad is such an easy meal, that will fill you up but not make you tired. It will fuel your body and give it the nutrients that it needs to fight the inflammation so that you can go about your day without pain.

If you have any questions or comments then please drop them down below, if not, thank you for reading.

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  1. This looks so very tasty! I completely agree with you on diet being one of the priorities in treating rheumatoid arthritis, and most things really! Like you, I am vegan, but only newly so, for the last 12 months. Would you mind telling me what your vegan version of pulled pork is?

    1. Hi Josie,
      This is called Oumph! and it is created by a Swedish company with the same name, it is made out of soybeans. It has a very similar consistency to meat and it actually really reminded me of pulled pork, only guilt free.

  2. Hi Alexandra,

    I agree with you that diet truly plays an important role for people having rheumatoid arthritis. 

    Both of my parents suffer from it for many years now and I have done lots of research on remedies, medications and food intake and I already include beans sprouts, lentils, cucumber and beetroot in their diet and they do have a positive effect in lessening their pain. However, I never knew about red onions and sunflower seeds and I will surely incorporate these in as a part of their regular diet. 

    Also, I recently found that eating a wheat grain size of limestone daily can do wonders for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis as its a pure source of calcium. You can google this further to know about its benefits in detail. 

    Thanks for the great article.


    1. Hi Nick,
      I am glad that you have done some research on the subject to help your parents.

      I will most definitely look into limestone, this sounds truly amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hi Alexandra,

    Wow!What an excellent article you have written about “Easy Anti-Inflammatory Recipe”

    Really this is an awesome salad recipe.It has many kinds of benefits.For living a happy life with a healthy body, good food is very important.This nutritious salad is help to fight with the auto-immune disease an inflammation.It is very easy to make.I will make this at my home.Thank you so much for sharing this beneficial recipe.I will share this with my friends and relatives so that they can take the benefits from this.

    1. Thank you for reading and I am glad you enjoyed it.

  4. I know a woman that has something with her hands, causing pain, very intense at times, I am told. She should see a doctor, but she thinks “just a little arthritis”  would this plan help her, do you think?  I think she would like to read this article, I will be sure she sees it. 

    You are vegan, are there any animal sources of food that would be anti-inflammatory.? Could you dress your salad with olive oil or vinegar?

    Myself, not really having much pain with the exception of pulled muscles. But I do believe our foods can be our cures to many of the public health problems.   Thank you for such an informative article

    1. Hi James,
      I strongly believe that by eating the right foods she could notice a difference with her arthritis pains. 
      When I was eating meat I would eat chicken and fish, but now when I am more aware of the impact it has on our environment I stay away from it. However there are studies both supporting white meat but also the opposite, that there are components in meat that will trigger inflammation. I feel a lot better when I do not eat meat, but it is still important to get the beneficial nutrients that are found in meat from different sources.

      Yes, you can put vinegar or olive oil on, I love balsamic and herbs,.

      Thank you for reading and I hope that I somewhat answered your question.

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