Snack Healthy to Reduce Inflammation

Shared by Dr. Tanner Tunskey

Snack Healthy to Lower Inflammation

As I tell my patients in St. Louis Park, choosing balanced nutrients is key to keeping inflammation levels down and reducing neck and back pain. Everybody can fall into the hustle and bustle of life. Running from meeting to meeting, from kids practice to dance recitals, and so on. With so much going on, our diet and healthy snack choices are often left to chance. That is where these quick and easy energy balls come in handy. The perfect grab-and-go snack, they provide your body with the right nutrients to fuel your body and hold you over until your next meal. A simple and easy recipe is good, but having ingredients like oats tossed into these bite sized pieces is even better. Oats have been around since the dawn of time, and they provide our bodies with a whole host of beneficial nutrients.

Oats are high in beneficial fiber, and they also provide our bodies with whole grain carbohydrates and protein. Studies have also shown that regular consumption of oats also showed positive results in essential blood markers.” In general, scientific studies have shown that eating oats, like other fiber-rich cereal grains, helps lose weight, lowers blood cholesterol levels, and improves postprandial glycemic and insulinemic responses in noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and healthy subjects. Oatmeal reduces the risk of colon cancer, regulates blood pressure, and prevents cardiovascular disease. Oat-based foods also strengthen the immune system’s defenses against parasites, bacteria, fungi, and viruses”.

This recipe is an easy way to fit more oats into your diet, as well as provide yourself with a quick and easy snack that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Give it a try!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup natural, crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 ½ tablespoons of honey
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add chocolate chips to mixture and stir again, just until combined.
  • Using your hands, press FIRMLY to form one-inch balls.
  • Place in air-tight container and refrigerate as needed (or freeze per directions in notes below).
References

Alemayehu, G. F., Forsido, S. F., Tola, Y. B., & Amare, E. (2023). Nutritional and Phytochemical Composition and Associated Health Benefits of Oat (Avena sativa) Grains and Oat-Based Fermented Food Products. TheScientificWorldJournal, 2023, 2730175. https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/2730175

Our Message

When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our St. Louis Park Chiropractors located in the West End, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr., are here to teach you that taking care of your mental health and getting the proper nutrients are just as important as the chiropractic adjustment to stay healthy.