There are so many ways to reduce the inflammation in your body through the foods that you eat. Remember that foods high in sugar and saturated fat are going to encourage inflammation because the balance between omega-6 from processed fast foods and omega-3 from fish, nuts and healthy oils becomes out of whack. In short, a diet high in omega-6s and low in omega-3s increases inflammation in the body. So try to eat fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains which are naturally low in fat. Eat a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and nuts. Avoid refined foods and processed foods. Love your spices such as ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and curry. This gluten-free, dairy-free loaf contains three anti-inflammatory ingredients below- superb!
- Chia seeds: Chia is one of the most potent sources of plant based omega 3. Omega 3 is the ultimate anti-inflammatory food.
- Nuts: Almonds are possibly the strongest fighter of inflammation, but all nuts have essential fatty acids and Omega 3.
- Berries: Acai contains anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant, which is also common in red and purple colour fruits such as grapes and blueberries. Blueberries are fantastic for preventing intestinal inflammation while raspberries can help with arthritis.
I love baking with flaxmeal, coconut flour and almond meal, which are essential in my pantry. Coconut flour is amazing! You get a nice coconut-y flavour and extra fibre which makes you full longer, but remember it absorbs a lot of liquid and the loaf gets quite crumbly and dense. Have fun baking x
20g flaxseed meal
75g coconut flour
35g almond meal
30g chia seeds
1 tbsp of Acai berry powder
1 tsp of vanilla bean powder
3 tbsp of maple syrup
1 tbsp of coconut oil
100g coconut milk
a pinch of salt
1 tsp of baking powder
goji berries, cacao nibs and buckwheat for garnish
Mix flaxseed meal with 100g water and set aside for 10 minutes to make flax “eggs”. Add maple syrup, coconut oil, coconut milk into a bowl and combine with flax “eggs”. Add other ingredients in and mix well. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin, sprinkle goji berries, cacao nibs and buckwheat on top and press gently into the batter. Bake in the preheated oven (180) for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry.