We all try to eat healthy foods as often as possible, but sometimes your heart tells you to “treat yourself.” One chili cheeseburger later, and you may be paying the price. Heartburn and acid reflux could quickly have you wishing you’d stuck with your clean eating routine. But never fear! We’re here with the healthiest, cleanest, anti-heartburn-est recipe you’ll find online.
Heartburn is caused by a variety of lifestyle factors, not just food. Yes, some foods can increase the amount of stomach acid that refluxes into your esophagus, but other causes can include pregnancy, smoking, and certain over-the-counter drugs like aspirin. No matter what the cause is for your heartburn, changing your diet can still help alleviate some of your discomfort.
An anti-inflammatory diet has been known to reduce chronic pain, by decreasing the amount of swelling (or inflammation) in the body. Did you know it can also help with heartburn pain as well? Generally, an anti-inflammatory diet is high in fiber and low in artificial additives or processed foods. Moreover, alkaline-rich foods help balance the acidity in your body, which makes them extra helpful for fighting heartburn. So, if you want to fight your heartburn symptoms, here are the kinds of foods you’ll want to incorporate into your diet:
- Dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale
- Fruits like bananas, apples, and pineapples
- Apple cider vinegar
- Brown rice
Using some of these fantastic heartburn-fighting foods, we’ve crafted a delicious recipe for a fresh spring salad that’s sure to neutralize any unruly stomach acid. The best part about this recipe is the delicious, creamy salad dressing: it’s packed full of anti-inflammatory ingredients like cashews, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and ginger. This whole recipe is vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, and perfect for stopping heartburn!
Get the recipe for this anti-inflammatory dressing here, courtesy of author and recipe creator Alisa Flemming. Then put together this essential anti-heartburn salad! It’s perfect for lunch or a dinner side, because the quinoa and cashews are full of protein. And you’ll feel oh-so-healthy after you eat it.
The Perfect Anti-Heartburn Salad
(All amounts are to taste)
- Cubed apple pieces
- Dried cranberries
- Anti-Inflammatory Dressing
Cook quinoa according to package instructions until done.
Wash and chop up the kale and celery into bite-sized pieces. Halve the cashews.
Add all ingredients to a bowl or salad mixer and toss until evenly coated with dressing.
Serve and enjoy!