Spinach with Grilled Chicken Wrap

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As summer is upon us, it’s that time of year for cold sandwiches and wraps, with a continued focus on an anti-inflammatory diet. When following an anti-inflammatory diet, chicken and other lean meats are a good alternative to red meat, which can increase inflammation. There are many additions for sandwiches that add the benefit of anti-inflammation:

  • Spinach has a good source of  nutrients to reduce inflammation, with its Vitamin B & E compounds and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Parmesan cheese offers a reasonable amount of the fatty acids. These fatty acids play a role in reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, and improving vascular function.
  • Garlic contains diallyl disulfide, an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Therefore, garlic can help fight inflammation and may even help prevent cartilage damage from arthritis.
  • In addition to its use as a natural sweetener, honey is used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent. Eating local honey can also help ward off seasonal allergy symptoms.
  • Whole grains tend to be high in fiber. Fiber has body weight–related anti-inflammatory properties. With its lower energy density, a diet high in fiber has been linked to lower body weight, alleviating obesity-induced chronic inflammation evidenced by reduced amounts of inflammatory markers in human and animal studies.

Spinach with Grilled Chicken Wrap

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces grilled chicken, thinly sliced
  • 6 cups baby spinach, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ coddled egg (cooked about 1 minute)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  •  salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large wholewheat tortillas

Directions

  1. Make a coddled egg using a small ramekin by placing the ramekin into a pot and fill with water so it reaches halfway up the ramekins.
  2. Remove the ramekins and use coconut oil to grease the inside.
  3. Crack the egg into each ramekin.
  4. Bring the pot of water to a boil, then carefully place the ramekins into the pot.
  5. Cook for about 7 minutes and CAREFULLY remove the ramekins from the pot.
  6. Use a small spatula to remove the egg from the ramekin.
  7. In a bowl, mix together the half of a coddled egg, minced garlic, mustard, honey, lemon juice and coconut oil. Whisk until you have formed a dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the spinach, chicken and cherry tomatoes and toss to coat with the dressing and ¼ cup of the shredded parmesan.
  9. Lay out/spread the two wholewheat tortillas. Spread the salad mixture on the two wraps and sprinkle with ¼ cup of parmesan.
  10. Roll the wraps, slice in half and enjoy (best when eaten immediately).

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