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Warm Broccoli and Walnut Salad with Tangy Lemon Dressing

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Have you ever wondered why your nan always told you to eat your greens? Well, she was onto something. This Warm Broccoli and Walnut Salad isn't just a treat for your taste buds; it's a bloody game-changer for those battling arthritis. Broccoli, packed with sulforaphane, is like a secret weapon against inflammation. Throw in walnuts, and you've got a dose of omega-3s, known to combat joint pain. And that tangy lemon dressing? Not just there for the zing but also has anti-inflammatory properties. And then sprinkle it with a few dried cranberries for the added vitamin C. So, next time you're thinking of a salad, give this one a go. Your joints will thank you, and so will your taste buds.

Recipe for Treating Arthritis: Broccoli & Walnut Salad

Now, let's break it down a bit more. That broccoli we're raving about? It's loaded with vitamins K and C, both crucial for bone health. Vitamin K ensures calcium is directed to where it's needed most (like your bones), and vitamin C plays a key role in collagen formation, vital for joint flexibility. The walnuts? They're not just there for a crunchy texture. They're packed with alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that's a powerhouse for reducing inflammation. And let's not forget the red bell pepper, a sneaky vitamin E source that protects cells from oxidative damage. So, this salad isn't just a tasty dish; it's a nutritional goldmine. Every bite does something good for your body, especially if you're dealing with arthritis. Eat up and feel the difference!


Serves: 4 Calories per serving: Approx. 190

Ingredients:

  • 300g fresh broccoli florets

  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced (approx. 150g)

  • 1 dessert apple (e.g. Granny Smith or Pink Lady), diced (approx. 150g)

  • 30g pine nuts or sunflower seeds (optional for added crunch)

  • 100g Dries Cranberries

For the Dressing:

  • 25ml olive oil

  • 15ml fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tsp date syrup

  • 1½ tsp Dijon mustard

  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Broccoli: Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add the broccoli florets and blanch for 3-4 minutes until they're bright green and slightly tender. Drain and immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain again and set aside.

  2. Toast the Nuts: In a dry pan, lightly toast the walnuts, pine nuts/sunflower seeds until golden and fragrant. This should take about 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  3. Whisk the Dressing: In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, date syrup, and Dijon mustard. Whisk until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Combine and Serve: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked broccoli, red bell pepper, apple, and toasted nuts. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss until everything is well-coated. Sprinkle over the cranberries. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Have you ever thought a simple salad could be your secret weapon against arthritis? Think again! My Warm Broccoli and Walnut Salad is more than just a tasty dish; it's a nutritional powerhouse designed to combat joint pain and inflammation.


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Recipe for Treating Arthritis: Broccoli & Walnut Salad

FAQS DIet & Arthritis


1. How does diet impact arthritis symptoms? Diet plays a pivotal role in managing arthritis. Consuming anti-inflammatory foods can reduce joint inflammation, while certain foods can exacerbate symptoms.


2. Are there specific foods that can worsen arthritis? Yes, processed foods, sugars, and certain dairy products can trigger inflammation, potentially worsening arthritis symptoms.


3. Which foods are considered beneficial for arthritis? Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and walnuts, as well as turmeric, ginger, and berries, have anti-inflammatory properties beneficial for arthritis.


4. How does weight impact arthritis? Excess weight puts additional strain on joints, especially the knees and hips, potentially exacerbating arthritis symptoms.


5. Can a vegan or vegetarian diet help with arthritis? Some studies suggest that plant-based diets can reduce inflammation and benefit those with arthritis, but individual results may vary.


6. Is gluten bad for arthritis? Some people with arthritis report symptom relief when avoiding gluten, but more research is needed. Always consult a doctor before making dietary changes.


7. How do antioxidants in food benefit arthritis? Antioxidants combat oxidative stress in the body, which can reduce inflammation and potentially alleviate arthritis symptoms.


8. Can supplements help with arthritis symptoms? Certain supplements, like omega-3, glucosamine, and chondroitin, might help with arthritis symptoms. However, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplement.


9. How does hydration impact joint health? Staying hydrated helps maintain adequate synovial fluid, ensuring joints remain lubricated, reducing friction and discomfort.


10. Are nightshade vegetables bad for arthritis? Some believe nightshades, like tomatoes and peppers, can exacerbate arthritis symptoms, but scientific evidence is limited. It's best to monitor individual reactions.


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