In an effort to keep healthy meals prepared, a stew or soup are excellent options to make in advance and heat up for lunch or dinner. This spicy chicken sweet potato stew is filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients that will help your health, your schedule and is full of flavor. Using a lean meat, such as skinless chicken, and sweet potatoes, which are high in vitamins C and E, will support anti-inflammation. In addition to these two vitamins, sweet potatoes contain alpha and beta carotene, both which reduce inflammation.
There are numerous ingredients that offer anti-inflammatory benefits in this recipe, and many include additional benefits as well:
- Tomatoes: high in the phytochemical lycopene, which is a type of carotenoid with antioxidant properties and a good source of vitamin C. Together, these nutrients can increase antioxidant activity, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol.
- Bell peppers: especially the bright-red ones, are high in antioxidants and low in starch. Similar to spicy peppers, sweet bell peppers contain the chemical compound capsaicin, which is known to help reduce inflammation and even pain.
- Red kidney and pinto beans: excellent sources of fiber and phytonutrients.
Anti-inflammation is often key to managing the impact of arthritis as it can limit joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It’s essential to maintain health throughout the year, and especially during busy times, focusing on diet and health can limit its impact and allow you to enjoy the festive time of year.