Joy Bauer MS, RD, CDN
TODAY nutritionist and diet editor
If you have some form of arthritis, it’s important to control inflammation in your joints. Here’s a sample menu, based on 1600 calories, that will give you an idea of how you can use food to help alleviate your condition:
Vanilla Pumpkin Breakfast Pudding: 1 cup nonfat, vanilla yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree and topped with 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts and 1 tablespoon wheat germ.
The Ache-Less Salad: 3 cups leafy greens topped with 4 ounces total of one of the following high protein options; wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, crab, shrimp, pacific oysters, tilapia, black cod, turkey breast, grilled chicken or 2 hard boiled eggs; mixed with ½ chopped tomato, ¼ chopped red onion, ¼ cup sliced mushrooms, 1 sliced red bell pepper, 1 sliced jalapeno pepper, 2 chopped beets, ½ cup chopped carrots, ¼ cup corn, optional red cabbage and chopped celery; tossed with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil and unlimited balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon (or 2-4 tablespoons low calorie dressing).
One Ginger Spiced Pumpkin Muffin (see recipe below)
Chicken Curry and Cauliflower with Brown Rice: One serving Crock PotChicken Curry and Cauliflower (see recipe below) over ½ cup cooked brown basmati rice.
One cup fresh berries
For more information on healthy eating, visit TODAY nutrition expert, Joy Bauer’s website (and check out her new book Joy Bauer’s Food Cures) atwww.joybauernutrition.com