10 Inflammation Fighting Foods & Easy Ways to Add Them to Your Diet

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10 Inflammation Fighting Foods & Easy Ways to Add Them to Your Diet

Get healthy this year with 10 inflammation fighting foods!

Hi everyone!

Confession time.  I used to pop an over the counter pill for every little ache and pain.  As I’ve grown older and I’ve become more aware of the dangers of too many over the counter meds. I’ve started trying to find natural ways to deal with ailments.  I’m not saying I never take a Tylenol (I get some gnarly headaches,) but I try to make sure the headache (or other issues) cannot be solved with a natural remedy first.

Along the same lines as natural pain remedies… did you know that chronic inflammation in the body can lead to all sort of health issues like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s?  The most powerful way to fight back is not popping pills, but in the food you eat.  These inflammation fighting foods are a key part of my diet and healthy eating philosophy!

Since so many people have the goal to be healthier this year (including ME!,) I thought I’d share some of those inflammation fighting foods and some of my favorite recipes that use them.  Happy cooking.

10 Inflammation Fighting Foods

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens are packed with vitamin E, which can protect the body from inflammation!  The calcium, iron and nutrients in the dark greens are so much better than the light ones.  Plus I’m a firm believer that kale gives you super powers.

Try it in…

Crock Pot Sweet Potato Mushroom & Kale Red Curry

30 Minute Kale Tortellini Soup

Crustless Kale, Mushroom & Feta Quiche

Easy Crustless Kale Quiche recipe Vegetarian Crustless Quiche- Includes skinny, healthy swaps to cut calories



Almonds are rich in inflammation-fighting healthy omega-3 fats!

Try it in…

Peppermint Fudge Energy Bites

Crock Pot Granola

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt



Beets vivid color means amazing antioxidants!  Beets and beetroot juice can reduce inflammation as well as protect against cancer and heart disease.

Try it in…

Beet & Apple Salad


Colorful veggies like peppers are higher in vitamins and have more antioxidants!  Hot peppers even have capsaicin, which can reduce pain and inflammation!

Try it in…

Vegetarian Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Crock Pot Red Pepper Soup (also includes tomatoes!)

Healthy Creamy Crock Pot Red Pepper Soup recipe / Running in a Skirt



Bright red tomatoes are high in lycopene!  That has been shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body.

Try it in…

Zoodles with Tomato Sauce (also includes onions and olive oil!)

30 Minute Tomato Quinoa Soup

Crock Pot Marinara Sauce

Easy Crock Pot Marinara Sauce recipe / Running in a Skirt


Ginger and Turmeric

These two spices have been shown to help inflammation for centuries.

Try it in…

Crock Pot Vegetarian Detox Soup

Orange, Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

Green Detox Smoothie (also includes kale!)

THE Best Detox Green Smoothie Recipe/ Running in a Skirt


Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-inflammatory and immune boosting! Luckily many of my recipes start with this duo.

Try it in…

Hearty & Easy Crock Pot Vegetable Soup

Crock Pot Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

Nourishing Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup (with kale!)

Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup / Running in a Skirt


Olive Oil

This healthy plant-based fat is good for the heart and inflammation.

Try it in…

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips

4 Ingredient Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Curry Roasted Cauliflower - Your new favorite way to eat cauliflower



These colorful little bursts of flavor contain chemicals that have anti-inflammation properties.

Try it in…

Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Triple Berry Smoothie

Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats

Summer Berry Kale Salad (also includes almonds and kale!)

Summer Kale Salad recipe with berries and white balsamic dressing / Running in a Skirt

Whole Grains

Because they have more fiber, whole grains can reduce inflammation in the blood.  It also helps that they generally have less sugar.

Try it in…

Farro, Mushroom & Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

Kale & Wheat Berry Salad

Kale and Wheat Berry Salad / Running in a Skirt

Note: I am not a doctor, nor am I your doctor.  Certain foods and vegetables may not work for you especially if you have a more serious inflammation disease.  So check with your doctor before changing your diet!

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Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing my favorite roasted broccoli recipe.

Your turn!

Which of these foods do you eat?

By | 2020-06-02T17:06:25-04:00 January 18th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Fitness, Food, Healthy Living Tips, Recipe Roundup|23 Comments


  1. Sherry Reeves February 24, 2019 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Julie, love your blog and recipes that I would really like, but what about the dishes with tomatoes and peppers. I have been reading a lot about nightshade veggies and Lectin shield. I have a lot of stiffness in my joints and frankly not sure what to eat. Seems everything good for you is bad.

  2. Leo Tat February 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Julie, in the past I used to take supplements like serrapeptase and nattokinase to help prevent against chronic inflammatory diseases like heart disease and Alzheimer’s. As I learned more about health, what we really should concentrate on are the effects of we eat on our inflammation. So eating inflammatory foods like those in your post and also avoid inflammatory foods such as sugar and omega 6 oils.

  3. Miz Helen January 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I just pinned and am so excited about your post. This is a great collection for me, I can really use these recipes and your recipes are always so delicious! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing you awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Barrie January 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I love that you gave lots of ideas to incorporate these healing foods right in the post- wonderful!

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Barrie! Hope you get a chance to try them.

  5. Patricia @Sweet and Strong January 20, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I feel so lucky that I LOVE healthy foods and eat almost all of these. But I have yet to try a ginger turmeric smoothie, so that will def be on the breakfast menu next week 🙂

  6. Kristy from Southern In Law January 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    This is such a great list! I love that you listed all the foods but also rounded up a bunch of delicious recipes too!

  7. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition January 19, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Such great ideas Julie! I especially love turmeric, ginger and olive oil. It’s amazing what food can do to fight or enhance inflammation. You always have such great content!


  8. Edye January 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Such a wonderful post, Julie! I suffer from really bad migraines and prefer to treat them naturally (although that’s not always possible.) One thing that helps me is eating healthy fats like dark chocolate, peanut butter, and as you said – ALMONDS! Not only do they help with the discomfort, but they’re yummy and nutritious too! #winwinwin

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Such good tips for helping those headaches. I feel for you b/c I get them too.

  9. Blane Sherer January 18, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    This should be helpful for lots of folks.

  10. I’ve gotten better at adding more leafy greens into soups and stews and also eggs.

  11. Emily January 18, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    OOH Wow; it’s amazing that God created so many natural foods that fight inflammation without having to take lots of drugs. My dad did a special diet for about a year to fight a lot of inflammation he was struggling with; thankfully these are a lot of my favorite foods here!

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      I hope it helped him! I’m grateful these are my favs too.

  12. Did you write this for me? LOL… I need to get more antiinflammatory foods in my diet.

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      I def thought of you! Hope these ideas help. 🙂

  13. Susie @ Suzlyfe January 18, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Inflammation fighting or not–these look delicious, Julie! I can’t wait to try them!

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