We are very excited about the opening of the new Sprouts in Prescott March 15th right near our Prescott office! Sprouts offers many healthy choices and is a great place to pick up the ingredients for our Anti-Inflammatory Trail Mix!
Anti-inflammatory foods counteract the chronic inflammation associated with many serious age-related diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, and auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. In line with our Balanced Care Method, a holistic approach to healthy aging, this recipe for anti-inflammatory trail mix is healthy and easy to eat on-the-go. Anti-inflammatory foods have become a hot topic among dietitians and nutritionists for their ability to counteract the chronic inflammation associated with these serious illnesses. Indeed, diets that incorporate significant amounts of anti-inflammatory foods have been associated with lower incidences of many illnesses.
In general, an anti-inflammatory diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, foods abundant in Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish or walnuts, whole grains, lean protein and spices such as cinnamon, turmeric and cayenne pepper while minimizing intake of saturated and trans fats, refined carbs and processed foods. It has often been closely associated to the Mediterranean diet which is consumed by a majority of the world’s longest-living and healthiest people and is known to promote brain health.
This healthy and delicious trail mix is packed with nutrients and contains fruits, spice, a variety of nuts and even dark chocolate to boost brain health! The recipe below can be adjusted and made as a single serving or as a larger batch:
Anti-Inflammatory Trail Mix
All of these ingredients can be purchased in the Bulk Foods section of the new Sprouts Farmer’s Market at the Depot Marketplace at 174 E. Sheldon St, Prescott, AZ – across the parking lot from Home Care Assistance!
Almonds, pistachios and walnuts
Dried soy nuts
Dried fruit including raisins, cranberries, blueberries and tart cherries
Flax seed granola
Unsweetened dried coconut
Dark chocolate bits
Roasted green peas
- Mix equal parts of each ingredient in a large bowl.
- Make a single serving and eat immediately or increase the quantities of each ingredient and freeze for consumption at a later date.
- Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
This recipe is based on renowned health expert Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid. Anti-inflammatory nutrition is a major focus of the culinary training Home Care Assistance provides to every caregiver.
How do the key ingredients of the trail mix reduce inflammation?
Nuts are high in folate, a mineral essential for brain development that may protect against cognitive decline. It is also full of brain-boosting healthy fats and vitamin E.
Blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related cognitive conditions. Studies have also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats.
Cocoa, a major ingredient of dark chocolate, may improve cognitive function. One study of healthy volunteers showed that 5 days of consuming high-flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain.
Come stop by the new Sprouts and come say hello to us too!
At Home Care Assistance of Prescott, we believe in Changing the Way the World Ages, and that starts with us. Our professional staff is licensed, bonded, and insured, we offer flexible scheduling without long-term contracts, and all caregivers are trained through Home Care Assistance University and pass rigorous screening, background and reference checks. If you have questions or want more information regarding care options for you or a loved one in Prescott, AZ, or the surrounding area, please call us at 928-771-0105 or schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a dedicated Care Manager.