As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat.” An ever-increasing body of research demonstrates the connection between a healthy diet and a stronger immune system – and even improved mood.

Inflammation in the body contributes to or causes many of the debilitating chronic illnesses that we see in older adults, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and even cancer. The good news is that changing your diet is one of the most effective ways you can help prevent or even reverse the inflammatory process. Learning which foods may be triggering the inflammatory process, and preparing healthy, tasty, and anti-inflammatory dishes can go a long way in managing your chronic pain.

Click here to browse recipes from our Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen.

While most of us know the importance of eating a variety of foods, especially vegetables and fruits, making this a reality day-in and day-out can prove to be challenging. With the goal of eating better at every meal, our recipe corner will suggest some healthy and satisfying dishes – some straight from the kitchens of our staff!

Bon Appétit!

  • Water Kefir

Homemade Water Kefir

Water kefir, a variation of milk kefir, is a wonderful way to improve your gut health. Kefir grains are actually not grains at all! They are a combination of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts that [...]

Slow Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter

From the kitchen of Melissa Czerwinski This is a very simple recipe to prepare. It can be made in advance and stored in the fridge and it's a delicious gift to bring to any holiday [...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait

From the kitchen of Shannen Irwin, Office Manager "This high-fiber, low-fat treat is a great way to indulge your sweet-tooth during the holidays - without the guilt!" Ingredients: 1 cup Silk Vanilla almond milk, unsweetened [...]

Winter Lentil Soup

From the kitchen of Michele McLellan, PT, OCS, CLT "This is one of my favorite recipes for this time of year. Not only does it warm you up, but it is super healthy too!" Ingredients: [...]

Guacamole Dip

From the kitchen of Lisa Lilienfield, M.D. "This guacamole recipe is a favorite go-to for me and my family. It's full of heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats and it's ready in no time! A guiltless dip for [...]

Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Casserole

From the kitchen of Shannen Irwin, Office Manager This recipe can be a great Thanksgiving side dish for everyone at the table - it's gluten-free and low carb! Ingredients: 4 cups butternut squash, cubed 1 [...]

Yelanchi (Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves)

From the kitchen of Sonia Vartanian, Marketing Assistant "This is hands down my favorite Middle Eastern recipe and in our family there is no holiday table without them. Make sure to set aside a few [...]

Three Sisters’ Compote

From the kitchen of John Doleman, Executive Director This recipe perfectly captures the traditional meaning of Thanksgiving - giving thanks for the season's harvest. The Three Sisters of Native American folklore are corn, beans, and [...]

Homemade & Healthy: Mayonnaise

Omega 6 oils are pro-inflammatory fats and can be found in MANY of the staples in our fridge, such as mayonnaise, salad dressing, margarine, and other processed foods. Replacing those foods with ones that use [...]

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