Arthritis Pain Relief with Salmon and Asparagus
Arthritis Pain Remedy Dinner
May 15, 2013
As we search for the perfect arthritis pain remedy, we need to look at the bigger picture. Our overall health and well being definitely impacts arthritis pain. Relief is only achieved when we figure out all possible agents that cause arthritis pain. Food happens to be one agent we can easily change. To help you achieve that ultimate level of arthritis pain relief, we cooked up an arthritis friendly dinner.
This dinner features several ingredients that have powerful arthritis-fighting properties. Salmon, almonds, olive oil, and red bell pepper are all anti-inflammatories, which aid in reducing pain and inflammation that comes along with arthritis. The complete list of the most beneficial ingredients and their arthritis-fighting properties can be found at the bottom of this page.
Almond and Red Pepper Encrusted Salmon
Time: 30 minutes (active), 1.5 hours total
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp
1 red bell pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp honey
3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
4 4 oz salmon fillets
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add chopped almonds, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and cook for another minute, until the red bell pepper is semi-soft. Remove from heat.
In a mixing bowl, combine the red bell peppers and almonds with parsley, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and honey. Cover and set in refrigerator for 1 hour.
Lightly oil a shallow baking dish. Place salmon, skin side down onto the dish. Spoon out almond and red bell pepper mixture onto the salmon, using your fingers to gently push the mixture firmly onto the salmon.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through.
Arthritis Friendly Sautéed Asparagus
Time: 15 minutes
Lemon juice has long been the go-to secret ingredient for the perfect sautéed asparagus, but citrus fruits are known to increase arthritis-related symptoms, including pain and inflammation. Fortunately, we found a few substitutes that work just as well (in some cases, better!).
Instead of lemon juice, use a dash of white wine OR 1 teaspoon of your favorite flavored vinegar. If you plan on drinking some of the white wine, we recommend one glass at dinner time, since alcohol not consumed in moderation can increase your arthritis symptoms.
1/2 bundle asparagus
1 tbsp olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
sprinkle of pepper
dash of white wine
Wash the asparagus and break off the tough white parts of the stems.
Heat oil in a skillet on medium. Add asparagus, salt, pepper, and white wine. Stir frequently until the asparagus is tender but still bright green, about 8-10 minutes.
- Salmon - High in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids as well as Vitamin D. (Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatory and Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to arthritis).
- Almonds - Contains anti-inflammatory micronutrients and Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant.
- Olive Oil - Contains oleocanthol, which helps fight inflammation
- Red Bell Pepper - High in Vitamin C - getting the right amount of Vitamin C is key for preventing inflammatory arthritis and maintaining healthy joints
- Asparagus - Asparagus is a good source of dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and several minerals.