Our #8 Back Pain Diet Tip of foods that can help contribute to a healthy back is Garlic! Garlic has been used in foods since practically the beginning of time, and not just because people enjoy its taste. In fact, our ancient ancestors knew even way back then of garlic's medicinal properties, and it was used in a variety of ways.
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But what is inside of garlic that makes it so good for you? The most important compound in garlic is called Allicin. It is a sulfur compound that is produced when garlic is crushed or chopped up and is mostly responsible for garlic's strong smell. This compound, along with others such as Ajoene, Allyl, and Alliin, have been found to have amazing anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. Among other things, they can help with:
- Preventing and healing infections
- Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
- Improving bone health
- Helping circulation and digestion
- And so much more!
Here are a couple of tasty and healthy recipes you can make at home that contain garlic!
Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken
- 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 1 Minced Clove of Garlic
- 1 Cup of Dry Bread Crumbs
- ⅔ Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Teaspoon of Dried Basil Leaves
- ¼ Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
- 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
First, preheat the oven to 350⁰ and lightly grease a 9x13" baking dish.
Next, mix the olive oil and garlic in one bowl, and mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper in another bowl (The bowls should be large enough to dip the chicken breasts in.)
Third, dip each half chicken breast into the oil and garlic mixture first, then the bread crumb mixture, and place inside the greased baking dish. When done, if you'd like, you can top the chicken breasts with the remaining bread crumb mixture.
Finally, bake the chicken breasts for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink. Enjoy!
Garlic Stir-Fried Snow Peas and Pea Greens
- For Garlic Scape Pesto
- ½ Cup of Chopped Garlic Scapes or Garlic Cloves
- ½ Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- For Stir-Fry
- 1 Tablespoon of Canola Oil
- 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Ginger
- 2 Cups of Trimmed Snow Peas or Snap Peas
- 2 Packed Cups of Pea Greens or Pea Sprouts
- 1 to 3 Tablespoons of the Garlic Scape Pesto (see above)
- 1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce, preferably reduced sodium brand
First, prepare the Garlic Scape Pesto: Pulse the scapes or cloves in a food processor until well chopped, then add the oil and process until mostly smooth
Second, prepare the Stir-Fry: In a large skillet (or something similar), heat up the canola oil over high heat until it is simmering. Add in the garlic and ginger and stir for about 10 to 15 seconds. Then add the peas and keep stirring until the peas are bright green and the garlic is light brown. Next stir in the pea greens or sprouts, and then add the Garlic Scape Pesto until your desired taste. Finally, add the soy sauce and continue to stir and cook until the pea greens begin to wilt. And you're done!