Put a twist on anti-inflammatory trail mix

anti-inflammatory trail mixHealthy snacks don’t have to be boring, even with anti-inflammatory foods. We already know that these can include fruits and nuts — and with a special twist, everyone will be after your anti-inflammatory trail mix.

Crafted by Dr. Jennifer Martin, a Consult Physician at Laser Spine Institute, these trail mix recipes are tasty ways to tackle neck and back pain. “This snack brings antioxidants and healthy fats into the body,” said Dr. Martin. “Trail mix also satisfies your hunger while keeping your energy levels up and your metabolism burning between meals.”

Her big secret? Infusing the mix with some anti-inflammatory spice.

“Start by choosing an anti-inflammatory spice, like ginger or turmeric,” said Dr. Martin. “In a small pan on low heat, stir your desired amount of spice with a teaspoon of organic coconut oil. Then, add your trail mix ingredients to the mixture and let it sauté for a few minutes — this allows the added flavor and health benefits to soak into the nuts and seeds.”

For your other trail mix ingredients, Dr. Martin has two signature recipes for you to play with:

Dr. Martin’s Totally Tropical Trail Mix

  • 1 cup dried mango, chopped
  • 1 cup dried papaya, cut into pieces (If desired, coat the pieces in 1/2 tablespoon organic coconut flour to keep from getting sticky)
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, sprouted or slivered
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts or cashews
  • 1/3 cup raw or toasted coconut shavings
  • 1/4 cup (optional) dark chocolate cacao bites

Dr. Martin’s Berry Good Trail Mix

  • 1 cup mixed dried dark cherries, blueberries and cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, sprouted or slivered (substitute with dark chocolate covered almonds if desired, but add only after mixture has cooled)
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, shelled

“Whenever possible, use organic ingredients with no sugar or oils added,” said Dr. Martin. “If you add salt to your trail mix, use a natural sea salt loaded with the trace minerals your body needs.”

Trail mix is one of Dr. Martin’s favorite snacks to prepare, especially with her background in nutrition for spine health. She recommends making a batch for the week and portioning into bags — for kids or adults!

If you’ve tried an anti-inflammatory diet and other conservative treatments but are still living with chronic neck or back pain, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Contact us to learn how you may be able to find lasting relief with our minimally invasive spine procedures.


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