Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe Fight Inflammation
Fight inflammation with antioxidants like in my delicious and healthy chicken salad recipe. Chicken salad apples, pecans, and cranberries pack nutrition. Chronic, or prolonged, inflammation results in long-term tissue destruction and may be the underlying basis to hosts of chronic diseases such as some cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s’ disease, and arthritis. I devoted a whole chapter to anti-inflammatory recipes in my Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook because of how important antioxidants are to our health.
Anti-Inflammatory Vitamin C Foods
The cranberries in this healthy chicken salad recipe are chocked full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an important role in growth and tissue repair, and is essential for collagen formation. It also helps to keep bone, cartilage and connective tissue strong, which helps to relieve arthritis inflammation and pain. The sweet crunch of the tart apples and the toasty pecans round out this outrageously delicious yet good-for-you chicken salad!
Short-Cuts for Joint Pain
Depending on your type of arthritis, joint pain in your hands and fingers can make cooking limited so take short-cuts where you can. When making my healthy chicken salad recipe, look for pre-cut chicken, rotisserie chicken, and pre-cut veggies and apple slices to make this healthy easy recipe lighter on your joints. For ease with chopping, use a food processor.
More Easy Chicken Salad Recipes
Looking for another easy healthy recipe with a southwestern kick? My Chicken Taco Salad recipe from my trim and terrific arthritis cookbook is the easiest taco salad and full of flavor! All ages come running when you say tacos. This healthy salad is heartiest enough for even the hungriest eaters.
Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook
I raided the pantry to liven up leftover chicken and turned it into this outrageously delicious salad.
Makes 2 (about 1-cup) servings
1 cup cooked skinless chicken breast chunks
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup chopped green apple
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
3 tablespoons Greek nonfat plain yogurt
2 teaspoons light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In large bowl, combine chicken, pecans, apple, cranberries and onion.
2. In small bowl, mix together yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, and thyme. Toss with chicken mixture. Season to taste. Refrigerate at least an hour, or time permitted.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 252, Calories from Fat 36%, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 62mg, Sodium 106mg, Carbohydrates 18g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Total Sugars 12g, Protein 24g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 fruit, 3 lean meat
Check out all of my anti-inflammatory salads and easy healthy recipes on my blog.
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