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    Fast and Simple Meals for Arthritis

    Arthritis pain can make it hard to cook. Try these tricks to preparing easy and nutritious meals.

    Recipes That Save Your Joints continued...

    Jazz-y Oatmeal
    Prepare a packet or two of regular instant oatmeal in the microwave according to directions, with milk or soy beverage. After cooking, stir in 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup raisins (more if using 2 packets) and pinch of cinnamon, if desired.

    Confetti Cottage Cheese
    Add 1/4 cup dried pre-chopped apricots; 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts; and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed to 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese. Serve on top of a toasted Heart Healthy Cinnamon Raisin bagel from Sara Lee. One bagel supplies 48 grams of whole grain, the minimum amount experts recommend you get each day.

    Waffle Sandwich
    Toast two high-fiber waffles, such as Kashi Go Lean Original Whole Grain. Spread each waffle with 1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter to make a sandwich. Have with a glass of low-fat milk and fruit.

    Lunch

    Easy English Muffin or Pita Pizzas
    Top each half of a whole-grain English muffin or a small whole-wheat pita round with 1/4 cup marinara sauce and 1/4 cup grated cheese. Broil in a toaster oven or in the regular oven for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Cool before eating. Serve with a glass of orange juice fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

    Soup du Jour
    Add an equal amount of cooked small whole grain pasta, such as DaVinci's whole wheat elbows or leftover brown rice to a can of lentil or split pea soup (reserve half for another meal). Serve with fruit and a glass of milk or 8 ounces low-fat yogurt.

    Scrambled Egg and Salsa Sandwich
    Scramble one or two eggs. Fill each half of a small whole-wheat pita pocket with the cooked egg. Top with mild salsa or ketchup and 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese. Enjoy with fruit or baby carrots and a glass of low-fat milk.

    A Better Burger
    Microwave a Perdue Frozen Seasoned Chicken Burger to have on a whole grain bun. Or go vegetarian with Boca Burger's All American Meatless Burger. Pair with baby carrots or presliced celery sticks and a glass of low-fat milk.

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