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In this 7-day plan, you'll find a week of delicious and simple anti-inflammatory recipes to help jump-start your health journey and improve your confidence in the kitchen.

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Sheet-Pan Mediterranean Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Gnocchi

Anthocyanins, turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids, resveratrol—these are just some of the nutrients and compounds that come up when talking about the anti-inflammatory diet. Does it sound complicated? Definitely! But, it doesn't have to be so complex. At its core, the anti-inflammatory diet is a healthy Mediterranean-style diet with a focus on nutrient-dense foods and healthy fats, like salmon, avocado, nuts and olive oil. In this seven-day anti-inflammatory meal plan for beginners, we break down the foods to focus on and include a week of healthy, simple recipes with shorter ingredient lists, so you can realistically make them, even on the busiest of days.

If you're trying to lose weight, reducing inflammation and lowering calories can play a big role. We set this plan at 1,500 calories per day, which is a level where most people will lose weight, plus included modifications for 1,200 and 2,000 calories a day, depending on your calorie needs.

What Is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

The anti-inflammatory diet focuses on healthy fats, nutrient-dense foods, complex carbohydrates, legumes and plenty of fruits and vegetables. You won't see processed foods, excess added sugars, refined grains (like white bread and white flour), or red meat more than once or twice a week. The goal of this healthy diet is to reduce chronic inflammation in the body, which is linked to conditions like heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.

The anti-inflammatory diet is very similar to the Mediterranean diet, another popular and healthy plan. Both diets focus on nutrient-dense foods, healthy fats and plenty of nutritious produce while limiting processed foods, red meat and added sugars. One small difference is the anti-inflammatory plan focuses on including fruits and vegetables specifically shown to reduce inflammation—such as dark leafy greens and blue and red fruits and vegetables, like cherries, pomegranates, berries and beets.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Focus On:

  • Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Pomegranate
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard)
  • Nuts and seeds, especially walnuts
  • Natural nut butters
  • Avocado
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Fish, especially salmon and tuna
  • Legumes (lentils, chickpeas and other beans)
  • Whole grains (quinoa, whole-wheat bread, brown rice)
  • Sweet potato
  • Eggs
  • Citrus fruits
  • Garlic, herbs and spices
  • Greek yogurt and kefir

How to Meal-Prep Your Week of Meals:

  1. Make Sweet Potato, Kale & Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing to have for lunch on Days 2 through 5.

Day 1

Garlic Butter-Roasted Salmon with Potatoes & Asparagus

Breakfast (333 calories)

A.M. Snack (131 calories)

  • 1 large pear

Lunch (422 calories)

P.M. Snack (105 calories)

  • 8 walnut halves

Dinner (522 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,512 calories, 54 g protein, 147 g carbohydrates, 31 g fiber, 86 g fat, 1,073 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Change A.M. snack to 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers, substitute Green Salad with Edamame & Beets at lunch, and change P.M. snack to 1 clementine.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 medium orange to breakfast, add 1/3 cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds to A.M. snack, plus increase to 1/4 cup walnuts and add 1 medium apple to P.M. snack.

Day 2

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing

Breakfast (333 calories)

  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cherries
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

A.M. Snack (95 calories)

  • 1 medium apple

Lunch (393 calories)

P.M. Snack (206 calories)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds

Dinner (472 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,499 calories, 85 g protein, 168 g carbohydrates, 38 g fiber, 60 g fat, 1,136 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Omit the walnuts at breakfast and switch P.M. snack to 1 medium orange.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 3 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to A.M. snack and add 1 serving Everything Bagel Avocado Toast to dinner.

Day 3

Sweet Potato, Kale & Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Breakfast (333 calories)

A.M. Snack (206 calories)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds

Lunch (393 calories)

P.M. Snack (95 calories)

  • 1 medium apple

Dinner (464 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,491 calories, 58 g protein, 160 g carbohydrates, 35 g fiber, 77 g fat, 1,648 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Change A.M. snack to 1 clementine and omit the baguette at dinner.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 medium orange to breakfast, add 1 large pear to A.M. snack, and add 3 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to P.M. snack.

Day 4

Sheet-Pan Mediterranean Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Gnocchi

Breakfast (333 calories)

  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cherries
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

A.M. Snack (64 calories)

  • 1 cup raspberries

Lunch (393 calories)

P.M. Snack (127 calories)

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 5 walnut halves

Dinner (604 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,521 calories, 101 g protein, 141 g carbohydrates, 31 g fiber, 66 g fat, 1,304 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Omit the walnuts at breakfast, reduce to 1/2 cup raspberries at A.M. snack and switch P.M. snack to 1/2 cup sliced cucumber.

To make it 2,000 calories: Increase to 4 Tbsp. chopped walnuts at breakfast, add 1/3 cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds to A.M. snack, and increase to 1/3 cup walnuts at P.M. snack.

Day 5

Vegan Mediterranean Lentil Soup

Breakfast (333 calories)

A.M. Snack (154 calories)

  • 20 unsalted dry-roasted almonds

Lunch (393 calories)

P.M. Snack (35 calories)

  • 1 clementine

Dinner (582 calories)

Meal-Prep Tip: Reserve 2 servings of the Vegan Mediterranean Lentil Soup to have for lunch on Days 6 and 7.

Daily Totals: 1,497 calories, 59 g protein, 155 g carbohydrates, 40 g fiber, 79 g fat, 1,441 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Switch A.M. snack to 1 clementine and omit the avocado at dinner.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 slice sprouted-wheat toast with 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to breakfast, add 1 large pear plus increase to 25 almonds at A.M. snack, and increase to 1 whole avocado at dinner.

Day 6

Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Kale

Breakfast (333 calories)

  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cherries
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

A.M. Snack (131 calories)

  • 1 large pear

Lunch (367 calories)

P.M. Snack (206 calories)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds

Dinner (440 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,478 calories, 72 g protein, 169 g carbohydrates, 33 g fiber, 65 g fat, 1,439 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Change A.M. snack to 1/4 cup sliced cucumber and change P.M. snack to 1 medium orange.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1/3 cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds to A.M. snack, add 1 serving Everything Bagel Avocado Toast to lunch, and add 1 medium orange to P.M. snack.

Day 7

Provençal Baked Fish with Roasted Potatoes & Mushrooms

Breakfast (333 calories)

A.M. Snack (154 calories)

  • 20 unsalted dry-roasted almonds

Lunch (367 calories)

P.M. Snack (62 calories)

  • 1 medium orange

Dinner (586 calories)

Daily Totals: 1,502 calories, 54 g protein, 180 g carbohydrates, 44 g fiber, 72 g fat, 1,094 mg sodium

To make it 1,200 calories: Change A.M. snack to 1 clementine and omit the avocado at dinner.

To make it 2,000 calories: Add 1 slice sprouted-wheat toast with 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter to breakfast, add 1 large pear to A.M. snack, and increase to 1 whole avocado at dinner.