This week on Blogging Marathon, we focus on Anti Inflammatory Foods. Inflammation in common terms means “a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection.” This inflammation could be dermal (skin level) or even on the internal organs (throat / abdomen / gut / intestine / digestive tract / lungs etc)
Be it due to injury or otherwise, certain foods are known to be proven effective as Anti Inflammatory foods -turmeric being the oldest of them in Hindu tradition. A poultice of ground fresh turmeric is said to have been applied to the kings / soldiers during the mythological times.
Similar foods include wholegrains, citrus based fruits, garlic and onions, olive oil, Curd, fatty fish, dark leafy greens (like fenugreek/ spinach / kale etc), nuts, low fat dairy, bell peppers, tomatoes, ginger and beets. There are many many more.
So today, we begin with a super simple but yummy Citrus burst salad with a mild dressing. Make it for summertime meals or party / potlucks. I am sure it would be a winner all the way..
Prep time : 15 mins, No cook, Serves : 2
Orange Segments – 10 to 12
Sweet Lime segments – 5 to 6 (halved)
Carrots + Cucumbers + deseeded tomatoes – cut into strips – 1 cup
Red Bell peppers – cubed – 1/4 cup
Pineapple cubes – 1/4 cup
Lime Juice (1/2 TBSP) + salt + pepper to taste
Warm olive oil – 1/2 tsp (opt.)
Crushed Mint leaves
Mix all the salad ingredients, Chill well. Similarly mix all dressing ingredients. Keep aside.
Just before serving, toss the salad in the dressing and serve immediately