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Quick & Easy Anti-Inflammatory Salad Kits

Check out these anti-inflammatory salad kits!

They are a convenient option to incorporate more vegetables and variety into your diet.

The kits below are packed with nutrients that reduce chronic inflammation and support healthy aging!

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s response to physical stress or injury. It can appear as pain, swelling, redness, or bruising.

While acute inflammation is a normal and healthy response for the body, chronic inflammation is not. 

Woman holding her arm due to pain. Picture demonstrates acute inflammation.
Acute inflammation is a healthy response.

Processed Foods & Inflammation

Processed foods alter the bacteria that live in our gut.  This in turn triggers an altered immune response. 

Over time, this different response leads to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to chronic disease.

Diabetes, heart disease, and dementia have been linked to chronic inflammation.

Doctor holding a sign that says "chronic disease"
Chronic diseases have been linked to chronic inflammation.

Foods that Contribute to Chronic Inflammation

  • Added sugar (cakes, cookies, coffee drinks, soda, candy)
  • Trans-fat-containing foods (fast food, fried foods, donuts, commercial baked goods, stick margarine)
  • Refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, white rice, breakfast cereals)
  • Excessive alcohol (>1 drink per day for women; >2 drinks per day for men)
  • Ultra-processed foods (hot dogs, chicken nuggets, packaged soups, chips, snack crackers)

Download your list of Inflammatory Foods List PDF to know which foods to limit to reduce chronic inflammation!

Unhealthy foods that contribute to chronic inflammation
Processed Foods contribute to chronic inflammation
Foods that Cause Inflammation by Kate Piper

Chronic Inflammation Fighters

The foods below are allies in chronic disease prevention. It is no surprise that fruits and vegetables make this list!

Look for these ingredients when purchasing an anti-inflammatory salad kit. Or add them to your favorite salads!

  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine, cabbage)
  • Fruits (strawberries, blueberries, oranges, cherries)
  • Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines)
  • Vegetables (tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, avocados)
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
Various anti-inflammatory salad ingredients
A nutrient-rich diet can fight chronic inflammation!

Check out this previous Age-Defying Dietitian Blog Post for an Anti-Aging 7-Day Meal Plan.

It includes a week of breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks. This meal plan includes portion sizes too!

Anti-Inflammatory Salad Kits

Below are a few of my favorite anti-inflammatory salad kits.

These products are packed with nutrients!

Anti-inflammatory salad kit
Salad kits are a convenient & healthy option!

Get your free PDF download of our Anti-Inflammatory Foods List PDF. It’s a great reference for shopping and meal planning!

1. Southwestern Chopped Salad from Trader Joe’s

Check out this quick and easy Trader Joe’s Southwestern Chopped Salad Kit.

It contains several nutrients that fight inflammation!

Green cabbage and romaine lettuce are mixed with carrots, radishes, cilantro, and green onion.

In addition, this prepackaged mix also includes pepitas, tortilla strips, Cotija cheese, and a spicy avocado dressing.

Trader Joe SW Salad
Trader Joe’s Southwest Salad

Add this anti-inflammatory salad to your next Taco Tuesday!

The Plate Method is an effective way to practice portion control. Fill up half your plate with this salad alongside your tacos.

You can also make this salad your main entrée. Slice up some tomatoes and avocados to add some additional anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Top with diced chicken or lean ground beef for added protein.

Add additional protein and extra fiber with a meatless alternative like black beans!

Southwestern Salad topped with Chicken and Beans
Southwestern Salad with Chicken & Black Beans

2. Asian Salad from Taylor Farms

Up next is this Taylor Farms Asian Salad. Savoy cabbage and green cabbage’s nutrients make this kit an anti-inflammatory salad.

This tasty concoction includes carrots, celery, and green onion.

Top the veggies off with the included crispy wontons, toasted almonds, and sesame dressing.

Taylor Farms Bagged Asian Salad Kit
Taylor Farms Asian Chopped Kit

Add protein and increase this salad kit’s anti-inflammatory properties by topping it with grilled salmon.

Add some mandarin oranges for some vibrant color and sweetness!

Asian Salad with dressing on the side

3. Dill Pickle Chopped Salad Kit from Good & Gather

Good & Gather had me at Dill Pickle! This Dill Pickle Chopped Salad Kit from Good & Gather is just as the bag says – Dill-licious!

This anti-inflammatory salad is loaded with nutrient-rich leafy greens (kale, green leaf lettuce, red and green cabbages).

Pile on the shredded cauliflower, radishes, and dill pickle brioche croutons. Then top with the dill pickle ranch dressing.

Anti-Inflammatory Good & Gather Salad Kit
Dill Pickle Chopped Salad Kit

Check out the recipe for a Dill Pickle Burger Bowl on the back of the package.

It calls for seasoned ground beef or a plant-based ground meat alternative. Mix up the week with this unique and tasty meal!

Dill Pickle Salad
Dill Pickle Chopped Salad

4. Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit from Fresh Express

Finally, this Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit from Fresh Express is another anti-inflammatory salad kit option.

It includes several anti-inflammatory ingredients – kale, romaine lettuce, cabbage, edamame, roasted sunflower seeds, and toasted quinoa.

This nutritious salad is then topped with a delicious sweet onion dressing.

Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Kit
Sunflower Crisp Salad Kit

This kit provides 7 grams of protein thanks to edamame, sunflower seeds, and toasted quinoa. Add grilled chicken or tofu for added protein!

Top it off with some blueberries for a twist and additional nutrients!

Takeaways from Anti-Inflammatory Salads

Salad kits can be a convenient option to add nutritious foods to your diet. They also allow you to try new foods and increase variety!

The salads above range in calories from 150-200 per cup. Omit some of the salad toppers or switch out dressings to lower the calorie content.

Anti-inflammatory salad topped with colorful vegetables.
Anti-inflammatory salad

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