Share the love: a sweet anti-inflammatory dish for your valentine
You may not think of dark chocolate as a food for spine health, but with the right kind of chocolate and treats for dipping, you can fall head over heels for this recipe’s anti-inflammatory properties. And the special secret? Dark chocolate with 70 percent or more cacao.
Researchers have found that good microbes actually feast on dark chocolate — and when you eat it, good microbes grow and ferment it, producing anti-inflammatory benefits. Pair that with anti-inflammatory properties of other healthy snacks, and you’ve got one sweet dish that can keep neck or back pain on the back burner:
Dark chocolate fondue
- 8 ounces of dark chocolate (70 percent or more cacao)
- 6 ounces of heavy whipping cream
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts (or both!)
- 1 large orange, disassembled
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
Using a small saucepan, place the cream over low heat and continually whisk to avoid burning. Once the milk is warm, stir in the chocolate chips or chunks until the chocolate melts. Stir in the sea salt with your favorite anti-inflammatory nuts, and go nuts!
And don’t feel guilty about loading up on pineapple and strawberries. These fruits contain plenty of bromelain and anthocyanin, which are both natural anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to fight neck, back or joint pain. How sweet is that?
Now, not only do you have a special Valentine’s Day dish to share, you can also add this to your list of pain relief foods that your neck and back will thank you for. However, when a chronic neck or back condition prevents you from cooking a special meal or spending time with loved ones, you may need more than a diet change. Call the Care Team at Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about the spine conditions we treat.