A warm satisfying breakfast can kick off an amazing day. If you’re suffering from chronic pain or another chronic condition, put your absolute best foot forward by starting your day with anti-inflammatory breakfast recipes. Centered on whole, healthy foods, the following recipes are sure to please!

Why should you choose an anti-inflammatory breakfast? 

Inflammation is your body’s natural reaction as it fights off tissue damage, chemicals, or other injurious elements. Although natural, a continued state of inflammation may lead to common diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Inflammation can also exacerbate pain among chronic pain sufferers. Incorporating foods that fight inflammation into your diet can keep you healthy and decrease pain.

Although all fruits and vegetables contain powerful micronutrients that target your cells and boost your overall health, some foods carry extra anti-inflammatory benefits. These include the following. Find even more anti-inflammatory staples for your panty on Running on Real Food

Whole grains

The term whole grain literally means a food containing an entire grain–the bran, endosperm, and germ. These heart-healthy foods also help fight inflammation. Options include:

  • Whole-grain bread
  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Millet

You’ll see that many of our anti-inflammatory breakfast recipes feature these foods. Do note though that many labels are misleading and might say “containing whole grain.” This does not mean they contain enough of the healthy parts to offer the health benefits you seek. Read the ingredients and make sure the first ingredient says “whole grain.” Better yet, cook one of our recipes and use whole grains directly so you know exactly what’s in your breakfast. 

Ginger 

Ginger offers potent anti-inflammatory powers. A 2013 study published in Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin found that diabetic patients suffering from low-grade inflammation who took two ginger tablets daily experienced significantly reduced inflammation.

Dark green vegetables

These strong-tasting vegetables include kale, spinach, broccoli, and chard. Not everyone loves the taste, but incorporating these incredibly healthy plants into your smoothies or yummy egg bakes in the morning will make your body happy. These vegetables contain a dense array of potent anti-inflammatory vitamins including A, C, and K.

Dark berries 

As LiveStrong explains: “Dark-colored fruits like berries tend to have higher concentrations of inflammation-fighting compounds than pale fruits like bananas. Berries are rich in unique compounds known as cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors that flip the “off” switch on a process that promotes inflammation.”

Green tea

Try serving a warm mug of green tea on the side of the following anti-inflammatory breakfast recipes. Green tea ranks among the healthiest drinks available. Green tea’s leaves are unfermented and the resulting beverage is rich in a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). A 2007 study from the University of Michigan found EGCG st