I feel like I could write a book on the pain of arthritis. I have it in my fingers, hands, neck, back, and feet. It really puts a damper on leading an active life and it’s tempting to just sit in a chair and watch the world from the sidelines. The foods you eat also have a big impact on whether your joints are feeling good or driving you crazy with pain.
What could be more delicious than cooking-out now that it’s warmer? Brats, chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs sizzling on the grill make your mouth water. Of course the side dishes of chips or potato salad, and a tasty dessert like cookies, brownies, or cake just send the whole experience over the top.
Unfortunately, it may also send your joint pain through the roof, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy cooking-out. Here are four healthy options for a tasty cook-out:
Sprinkle lemon and your favorite herbs on salmon. It’s not only delicious but you also get a good dose of Omega-3 and Vitamin D which promotes joint health and controls inflammation.
If you like a little spice, try these Caribbean Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs.
I have to admit when I eat hamburgers or hot dogs, ketchup is a must and I often go overboard with it. A tasty substitution for ketchup is salsa or pico de gallo. Buy mild salsa if you have problems with spicy foods.
Kick mayo to the curb and try a tasty spread with olive oil, basil, and sundried tomatoes.
I am not a big vegetable eater but I enjoy threading different vegetables on skewers and grilling them. You can use zucchini or summer squash, peppers, onions, or whatever vegetables are your favorites.
I like Three-Bean-Salad, which is rich in potassium and fiber. You can combine fresh and frozen beans, and to make it even more delicious, put in some homemade green beans.
What is any meal without dessert? Well, at least that is how my thought process works. Grilling fruit such as peaches, pineapple, or plums is a delicious way to up the nutrition and still satisfy that sweet urge. If you want to put it over the top, serve with frozen yogurt.
Grill fruit at a high temperature and only on one side for best results.
Frozen banana bites dipped in chocolate help you cool down after standing over a hot grill. Use dark chocolate which has many beneficial flavonoids that help fight against cell damage. It only takes about an hour in the freezer, and then it’s time to chow down.