One of the best ways to heal our bodies is with whole food nutrition. We rarely get sick which I attribute to our healthy lifestyle. However that doesn’t give us super powers or make us invincible.
UPDATE! This recipe being a favorite I’ve had it on my list to re-photograph. We’ve made it countless times but with the lack of light or time I haven’t gotten to it. I did get time to photograph my quick and easy go to Anti-Inflammatory Salad! Photo added below as I make this for a quick lunch or dinner.
Back to the original post for the Anti-Inflammatory Buddha Bowl.
What will be two years ago this December I fell and slipped on the ice. At the time I was banged up and bruised but didn’t think much of it other than taking a couple weeks off from working out. It was also over the holidays so it was easier to take it easy. A couple months after that I was in the middle of a workout that wasn’t new and bam I went down. After many trips to the doctor, meds and physical therapy didn’t help. I still tried to workout in the meantime when I could and probably pushed my body more than I should have. So 6 months after the initial injury I went to a Chiropractor and it did wonders. So what do I go back to working out like I was. My hips and back went out here and there, I went in got adjusted and took a couple days off and then got back at it again, I had goals! Well finally this summer I went in and I was so out of alignment and it wasn’t as easy to get things back in place and I was even more sore. This was after having 3 amazing weeks of vacation in California where I did Piyo daily, ran when I could, and went on a few nice family hikes. Come back and I went back to weights and HIIT and bam. So after a couple weeks off I have been sticking to PIYO, yoga, walking, and lower intensity exercise since those back and hip problems and a little tweak messed up my knee. I’m really trying my hardest to take it easy but build back up I can’t be set back again and finally yes I got the message I need to take care of myself. I’m really trying to focus on recovery after working out, stretching more, and anti inflammatory foods. So my recovery smoothies and smoothie bowls, my turmeric golden milk (any way I can get it), and all the anti inflammatory foods. Where is where this bowl came to exist. Packed with anti inflammatory whole foods. Eating cauliflower is like winning the antioxidant and phytonutrient lottery, packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid, and much more. Turmeric supports a healthy immune system as it’s packed with antioxidants and includes great anti-inflammatory properties. As I have talked about in my Golden Banana Bread Chia Oats and Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Bowl. Kale is an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory food, potentially preventing and even reversing these illnesses. Beets are a source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Blueberries I think we all know are packed with anti oxidants and once of the sweetest healthy berries out there. Avocado significantly increases your body’s ability to absorb two very important carotenoid antioxidants: lycopene and beta carotene. Carotenoids aid with it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Avocados are also one of the few land plants that carry the fatty acid polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs). PFA’s have excellent anti-inflammatory benefits. Walnuts are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids and also known ti aid in reducing inflammation and aiding in recovery. Again I’m not a doctor or a dietitian but I do my research and try to pack in as much nutrition, superfoods, and anti inflammatory foods to aid in my recovery these days. There aren’t any miracle foods but any way I look at it I can’t go wrong with healthy whole food nutrition.
Anti Inflammatory Buddha Bowl
Makes 4 servings
2lb cauliflower florets, steams removed and broken into chunks
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper
10oz chopped kale
1 clove of garlic
8 medium cooked beets, peeled and quartered
1/3c chopped raw walnuts
Optional ingredients, cayenne pepper and nutritional yeast.
Preheat oven to 425F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, spray with coconut or olive oil and set aside. In a large bowl toss cauliflower with olive oil. Sprinkle in turmeric and toss. Spread cauliflower on baking sheet and wash your hands. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and pepper as well as a little cayenne pepper and nutritional yeast if desired. Bake cauliflower for about 30 minutes, checking at 20 minutes. When your cauliflower is just about done heat a large skillet or fry pan with a little coconut oil spray or a small drizzle of oil over medium heat. Add in kale and toss until it just starts to wilt and grate in garlic. Toss to coat. I don’t like mushy kale but you can cook it longer if desired. Cut avocado into chunks or slices. Divide kale among bowls, top with roasted turmeric cauliflower, beets, avocado, blueberries, and walnuts. Enjoy!
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