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5-Day Anti-Inflammatory Diet Meal Plan | A Sweet Pea Chef

Hey there, Lacey here with “A Sweet Pea Chef.”
Welcome back. I am so excited you’re here today, because we have a pretty epic video
going on. We are going to be doing something that so many of you guys have been requesting.
You’ve been asking me to do another five-day meal prep, like my meal prep for weight loss
that I did a while back. And I know you’ve been so patient, and I asked which type of
video you guys want me to do, and the by far number one request was to make an anti-inflammatory
meal prep video. So, that’s what we’re gonna be doing today, because you guys requested
it and because bloating and inflammation is just the worst. So we’re really gonna focus
on that today. So, we’re gonna make a five-day anti-inflammatory meal plan that is going
to cover all of your breakfast, lunches, snacks, and dinners for the entire week. It’s going to give you just a ton of anti-inflammatory
recipes that are going to help with inflammation. And we’re gonna do this entire meal prep in
less than two hours. So, you’re going to have all of your meals done for the entire week
in less than two hours. So it’s a really good deal. Make sure if you haven’t yet to go subscribe
to my channel so you never miss my new weekly recipe videos and get healthy inspiration,
and you get to be a part of this healthy lifestyle choice we’re making to eat healthy and clean.
If you do come and say hi in the comments, and I’ll say hi as well. All right, so let’s
get started with this anti-inflammatory meal plan. So, right off the bat, if you’re following
a clean eating diet already, fortunately, a lot of overlap happens with anti-inflammatory
foods as well. So, in the anti-inflammatory diet, we’re looking
for foods that are whole, have really good vitamins and minerals, are unrefined, and
are just basically good whole foods for you. That means we’re gonna be choosing to avoid
things like processed foods, processed snacks, sodas, high sugar, highly refined flours,
and all of that kind of stuff. And we’re avoiding that anyway on a clean eating diet and opting
instead for things like nuts, fruits and vegetables, beans, and just everything that’s whole and
good for you. So, that all being said, while this meal plan is clean eating, it is highly
intentionally planned for anti-inflammatory foods to get your body feeling better and
to get you back on track. The first step with any large meal plan to
save time is to start with the foods that take the longest to cook. So, for this meal
plan, that means we’re going to be choosing our sweet potatoes, our wild rice, and our
quinoa, because starches generally take the longest to cook. We’ll be having roasted sweet
potatoes in our dinner. So we’ll need to start preheating our oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
and lining a rimmed baking sheet with some parchment paper then set that aside. So, go
ahead and get your whole sweet potatoes, and we’re going to wash them in some running water
to remove any debris or dirt. Then we’re gonna pat them dry, and then as we lay them out
onto our baking sheet, we’re gonna poke several holes along the outside of it, either with
a fork or a knife. For your sweet potatoes, try to find ones that are pretty evenly sized.
That way it won’t be difficult to have an even portion every meal for our dinners. If
you can’t, I’ll show you how to mix and match your sweet potatoes later, but it’s best if
you can have them be evenly sized, because they’ll also bake the same amount of time
evenly in the oven as well. Then just pop our sweet potatoes into the
oven. We’re gonna bake them for about 55 to 65 minutes until a fork or a knife inserted
goes in easily into the sweet potato. You can also gently squeeze it, and if it’s tender,
that means it’s done. No need to add any oils or wrap them in aluminum foil or anything.
These are very simple, and trust me, they are gonna be so tasty. Next, we’re gonna get
our wild rice started, so in a large stockpot, go ahead and add in our wild rice, some water,
and some sea salt. We’re gonna heat this over a high heat until it comes to a boil, and
then we’re going to reduce it to a simmer. Put a lid on our pot, and then we’re gonna
cook this for about 40 to 45 minutes. We’re looking for the wild rice to absorb all that
liquid and to become nice and tender. If you didn’t want wild rice, you could always
substitute it for another rice, like brown rice. Just we’re looking for something that
has a lot of fiber to it and is a whole grain. So, when our sweet potatoes have about 20
minutes left, we can start our quinoa. Quinoa is really awesome. It doesn’t take very long
to cook, but we want to have it done ahead of time, because it’s one of those things
that it just cooks on the side while we’re getting everything else prepped. So, add into
our saucepan our uncooked quinoa followed by some water, and then we’re gonna cook this
over high heat until it comes to a boil, then we’re gonna reduce it to a simmer, add our
lid, and we’re gonna cook this for about 15 to 20 minutes. You’ll know the quinoa is done
when all the water has been absorbed and the quinoa seeds have kind of opened up and puffed
up. Then you can remove it from the heat, fluff
it with a fork and then set it aside. All right, so now that we have those starches
taken care of, we can go ahead and start on our chickpeas and kale. And these are going
to both be used in our lunch bowls, and yes, they are both going to be super tasty. To
season our turmeric chickpeas, go ahead and drain them in the sink and rinse them off
with some water, and then we’re going to pat them dry. Then we’re going to transfer those
into a large mixing bowl. We’re gonna add some really tasty seasonings, like some ground
cumin, garlic powder, turmeric, sea salt, and black pepper, and then we’re going to
gently toss to coat. Now, we’re going to heat a skillet over medium-high
heat and add some olive oil, and then we’re going to transfer our seasoned chickpeas into
this hot oil. We’re gonna cook this for about 8 to 10 minutes. You’re gonna wanna toss it
occasionally. We’re looking for the chickpeas to kind of get smaller in size, cooked down
and then also get a nice crispy outside to them. It’s going to be really tasty when you
have them later. If you notice that you need a little bit more olive oil, that’s totally
fine. And also try to avoid smashing the chickpeas, because they can get a little bit tender as
they cook. So, to avoid that, you can always kind of shake the pan rather than using a
spoon to stir everything. Once you have them nice and golden brown and you have that fragrant-smelling,
delicious chickpeas in the air, you can remove them from the heat and let them set aside. To make our garlic kale in another saute pan
that has a lid, we’re gonna heat it over medium heat and add in a little bit more olive oil.
And then we’re going to add in our kale that’s been broken up into small pieces. So, we’re
going to cover our kale, and then we’re going to toss it occasionally. We’re looking for
the kale to become softened, which is gonna take several minutes, because kale is pretty
tough to begin with, so you have to be a little bit more gentle with it and let it cook a
little bit longer to break down those fibers. Once the kale is really tender, you can go
ahead and add in your minced garlic and your sea salt and then toss to combine. Then just
cook it for about another minute or so until that garlic becomes fragrant. And then you
have delicious sauteed kale, and remove it from the heat and set that aside. So, our snack for this anti-inflammatory meal
prep are these delicious lemon turmeric energy balls that are chock-full of all sorts of
anti-inflammatory goodness, and they’re just lemony and gingery and so delicious. So, to
make them, it’s really easy. All you need is a food processor or a really good heavy
high-speed blender. We’re gonna add in our raw oats, raw almonds, pitted dates, freshly
squeezed lemon juice, some fresh lemon zest, ground turmeric, ground ginger, ground cinnamon,
and some black pepper. We’re gonna process this mixture in the food processor until it
starts to stick to itself. You might need to press it down a few times using like a
spatula or a spoon, and we’re really wanting it to become really sticky, fully mixed together,
and then it’ll start to stick to itself as it spins. So, now we need to divide this mixture
into 15 portions. And a really easy way to do that is to use a one tablespoon meatball
scoop, which is super easy and really helps with making things like energy balls. I can
leave the link for the one I use in the description below. So, go ahead and grab your one tablespoon
portions of your energy ball mixture, and then we’re going to form each of those into
balls with your hands. And then you just set those aside and repeat with the remaining.
And you should have about 15 of these. Each day our snack is going to be three of these
energy balls. So, I store these energy balls in the fridge in an airtight container, and
they harden up when they’re in the fridge, and they’re super tasty. I keep them all together
in one meal prep container, and I just grab them as I need. But if you need to take them
with you, like, on a certain day, you can just grab three of them and put them into
a separate container. But definitely keep them in the fridge during the week to make
sure they store well. All right, so now it’s time to make our quinoa
salad, which is going to be the stuffing for our sweet potatoes, which is gonna be for
our dinners, and it is seriously one of my favorite things. So, I’m really excited to
show you it. So, in a large mixing bowl, we’re going to grab our cooked and cooled quinoa
and add it to it, followed by some diced cucumber. Also, I use English cucumbers, because they’re
a little bit sweeter and you don’t have to remove the peel. They’re really tasty. So,
if you can find any English cucumbers, especially organic English cucumbers, definitely go with
those. Then add in some grape tomatoes, some pitted Kalamata olives, sliced red onion,
and some crumbled feta. And then in a separate mixing bowl, we’re gonna make our dressing
for this tasty salad. So in a small mixing bowl, we’re gonna add in some olive oil, red
wine vinegar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper, and then we’re
gonna whisk this all together. Then we’re going to take that salad dressing, and we’re
going to put it on top of all of our quinoa and cucumber and tomato mixture. And then
we’re going to toss it all together to coat. This is so good, you can eat it on its own,
but it’s even better stuffed into a big sweet potato. So, now that our sweet potatoes are
done baking and are tender and have cooled enough to the touch, we’re going to go ahead
and grab them and slice down the center using a knife and then go ahead and kind of squeeze
each end and kind of push towards each finger so that you push all of the sweet potato open
a little bit. Then using a fork, press down the inside flesh of everything to kind of
get everything spread out and even. You kinda want it to be a little bit like mashed sweet
potatoes in there, because that’s gonna make it easier to eat later. So, do all the hard
work now when you don’t have your salad in the sweet potato already. So, like I was saying, I try to get evenly
sized sweet potatoes, and a medium-sized sweet potato is perfect for this recipe. If you
don’t have evenly sized ones and ones like super big and one’s kinda small, you can always
take a piece of one of the larger ones and put it in the bottom of one of the other meal
prep containers and kinda even everything out. The idea is that you have it nice and
even so any meal you grab, any dinner is going to be the same size, that way you know kind
of what you’re expecting. You don’t have, like, a giant sweet potato one day and then
a little baby one the next. So, now grab that delicious Mediterranean quinoa salad that
we prepared, and we’re going to divide that evenly across all five of our baked sweet
potatoes, and yes, this is as delicious as it looks. Trust me, it is so good. So, this is gonna be our dinner for each of
our days, and you can enjoy this hot or cold, which makes it really easy to just grab and
go. Personally, I love it cold, but having it hot also works really well. Just put it
in the microwave and reheat it for about two minutes until everything’s heated through.
So, let’s set all of our dinner aside, and we’re gonna prep our lunch Buddha bowls. So
for most of these meals today, I’m using my glass meal prep containers, which are super
awesome. They’re eco-friendly, and they’re reusable. You can microwave them. You can
just store them in the fridge. They’re awesome. I’ll leave the link for them in the description
below if you’re interested in getting yourself some, and they’re pretty cheap, too, so they’re
a really good buy if you’re looking to meal prep like this for a whole week. So, into each of our meal prep containers,
we’re going to add in our cooked and cooled wild rice, which is going to be our base for
our bowls. It’s going to be about one cup per meal. Then we’re gonna add in our seasoned
chickpeas. It’s going to be about a third of a cup per meal. Then add in our sauteed
kale, and then I add in about a quarter cup of sliced red grapes and a wedge of lemon
for that additional anti-inflammatory boost. If you wanted to, you could store the grapes
and the lemon separately, or you could just add them in, and then I actually reheat my
lunch bowls with the grapes, and then I remove the lemon right before I reheat it. And then
I squeeze the lemon on, and it just kinda keeps everything stored together. But if you
wanted to add the grapes in and reheat them, they’re actually really good heated. So, if
you want to give that a try, definitely recommend it. So, now you have your turmeric, chickpea Buddha
bowl of goodness all ready to go. This is a really, really tasty lunch. You find that
you’re not fully super full and you want a little bit more added healthy fats, I recommend
adding in some diced avocado when you’re ready to serve. Avocado is a really great anti-inflammatory
food, so it’s always good to add that in if you want it and if you’re still hungry. So,
our final meal that we’re gonna be making for our meal plan is our breakfast, and then
for that, we’re going to be making matcha chia make-ahead smoothies, which are really,
really tasty. And I actually make all five of them ahead of time, and then I store them
in the freezer, and then each day, the night before, I’ll grab out one of my mason jars
with the smoothie in there and put it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Then in the
morning, I can just grab it, and it’s ready to enjoy. So, doing this make-ahead smoothie method
is awesome, because you make it once, you only clean the blender once, and you have
all of your smoothies ready to go. If you’re someone who makes a smoothie every morning,
you know the struggle of having to clean your blender every morning and get all the ingredients
out. So this is a really big time saver and probably for this meal plan. All right, so
to make our smoothie, we’re going to start with your milk of choice. I use unsweetened
almond milk, but any milk will do. Follow that with some frozen bananas, pitted dates,
some matcha powder, chia seeds, and some fresh baby spinach. And then just blend until smooth.
Depending on the size of your blender, you might need to break it into like three smoothies
at once and then two, or if you can make all five smoothies at the same time, more power
to you. That sounds like an amazing blender, but mine, I have to usually break mine up
into like three and two, and then I divide that evenly into five Mason jars. And I really recommend using these Mason jars.
They’re super awesome. They store well in the freezer or in the fridge, and I have reusable
Mason jar lids, which are super awesome, and I can link to all of this below for you. These
are really great. Just make sure that you don’t fill your Mason jar all the way to the
top. You’re gonna want to leave a little bit of space, because as you know, when you freeze
something, it expands, and you don’t want to break anything. So, leave a little bit
of space, put that lid on your Mason jar, and then transfer all of these into the freezer. Okay, so let’s go over our meals for each
day. For breakfast, we have our matcha chia make-ahead smoothies, which contain dark leafy
greens with our spinach, our matcha powder, the dates, and chia seeds, and all of these
have proven anti-inflammatory properties, plus there’s no added sugar or any refined
ingredients or artificial ingredients. So, this is a fully good for your body recipe.
For lunch, we’ll be enjoying our turmeric chickpea and kale Buddha bowls that are so
tasty, and they contain anti-inflammatory chickpeas, kale, red grapes, and wild rice,
all with proven anti-inflammatory properties. And that lemon squeeze right at the end to
top everything off, not only adds a burst of flavor, but also adds to helping reduce
inflammation and helps your muscles and your joints and just overall inflammation. So,
really good to add that lemon squeeze at the end, too. For snack, we have our lemon turmeric
energy balls each day, and those have lemon and tumeric and other anti-inflammatory spices,
like pepper and cinnamon and ginger, plus because they’re so chock-full of so many tasty
and healthy ingredients, they’re also going to keep you full and be a really good snack
each day. And then dinner is going to be our Mediterranean
stuffed baked sweet potatoes, which are so delicious and filling. We have so much anti-inflammatory
goodness stuffed into these big sweet potatoes, including the sweet potato itself, which is
high in vitamin C and E, and also they have alpha and beta-carotene, which have anti-inflammatory
properties. Those are good for you, plus you have it stuffed with quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes,
and red onion with that fresh lemon vinaigrette. All of those were chosen because of their
anti-inflammatory properties. All right, so like I’ve said, every recipe in this five-day
meal plan has been specifically chosen and optimized to be as anti-inflammatory as possible
to keep you well-balanced and just regular for your diet and just really reducing a lot
of inflammation. So you might’ve noticed that I haven’t added
any meat into any of the meals for this five-day meal plan. That’s not because meat is a bad
choice if you’re following anti-inflammatory diet. In fact, foods like fish and cold water
fish, specifically like tuna and salmon, are really great for you and high in omega-3 fatty
acids and omega-6 fatty acids. So they’re really a great option if you wanted to add
in some fish as well. And so as much as food is very important, it is not everything for
an anti-inflammatory diet. I also would encourage you to drink a lot of water, get regular exercise,
and make sure to get good sleep, because all of those really help in addition to your diet
to reduce inflammation. Thanks so much for hanging out with me today.
I hope you enjoy this anti-inflammatory meal plan, and let me know if you have any questions
on substitutions in the comments below. If you’re looking for more meal plan inspiration,
check out my 7-Day Meal Prep For Weight Loss video, and make sure to give this video a
thumbs-up if you enjoyed it. I will see you next time. Bye-bye.

10 thoughts on “5-Day Anti-Inflammatory Diet Meal Plan | A Sweet Pea Chef

  1. Hooray! I've got another meal plan video coming in hot for ya today! Thanks so much for your patience and requests on this one – I hope you love this 5-day meal plan for reducing inflammation … it's super tasty and optimized to help fight inflammation! What meal plan / meal prep video should I make next?? xoxo

  2. Yum looks delicious i am making all soon perfect for my office lunches never did meal plan before drooling over my samsung galaxy j4 love your recipes making me hungry Thanks Ramya

  3. does it have to be kale ….. in case you don't like kale also is there another good kind of fish that's not tuna or samon

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