Dehydrated Foods And Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dehydrated Foods has been my quest for feeling GREAT while living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My first step at eating healthy was to learn which foods were RA friendly. You can find that in my post Healthy Food For Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The next step was to keep these foods on hand at all times. Time and time again, I ran into the inevitable busy day and not having time to grab something healthy on the go. Dehydrated foods have become my go-to for eating healthy in a pinch or on those days when life gets busy! Dehydrated foods are not only YUMMY they are full of nutrients and flavor!
Dehydrating Foods For RA
Dehydrating foods for RA is simple and I love the creativity you can add to your on the go snacks. What has worked best for me is to spend a weekend day with my daughter or grandchildren and creating our healthy snacks for the week. Not only is it fun for the kids to help me out, they also are learning about eating healthy. They also love to try out the sweet taste of dehydrated fruits! I absolutely love this dehydrator. It fits under my cabinets on the kitchen counter perfectly.
Foods to Dehydrate
Although you can dehydrate almost any food, people like me who Live Life With RA, fare-well with plant-based foods. So start dehydrating your vegetables, fruits, and herbs! Make teas, soup stocks, vegetables for soups and stews, fruit roll-ups, trail mixes, and your own spices. If I can do it, believe me, anyone can do it!
One of our family favorites is this fruit and almond trail mix. It doesn’t last long around my grandkids, so be sure to stash some away for yourself.
Fruit Trail Mix with Almonds
What you need:
- 2 Cups Strawberries
- 1 Cup Blueberries
- 2 Bananas
- 2 TBL raw Coconut Flakes plus a small handful.
- A Medium to Large Mango
- 1 Cup Raw Almonds
- 1 TLB Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
- Lemon Juice
Dehydrator Time: 8-12 hours at 115 degrees.
Wash your fruit. Hull the strawberries and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Peel mango and bananas and slice into 1/4 inch pieces. Paint your bananas with the lemon juice to prevent them from turning an ugly dark color. Poke a couple of holes in each blueberry. Place fruit on dehydrator trays so that the fruit pieces are close to each other but not touching. Dehydrate for 8 hours at 115 degrees. Check the fruit and flip fruit pieces over. Return to dehydrator for the remainder of time or until you’re happy with the texture. Your fruit pieces will be leathery. If they tear apart easily they aren’t done yet.
Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine the Almonds and Honey or Maple Syrup and 2 TBL of Coconut flakes. Mix well and spread onto the cookie sheet. Bake for about 5 minutes and then stir and flip the almonds over. Bake for an additional 6-7 minutes. Watch your almonds so that they don’t burn.
Once the Almonds have cooled down, mix all ingredients into a bowl and add a small handful of coconut flakes.
This trail mix will last for about 3-4 days as is. (without grandkids in the home) For a longer shelf life, store in an airtight container. I use this handy machine along with this device for mason jars to keep my dehydrated goodies fresh!
Enjoy these tasty treats and eat healthy at the same time! I would love to hear about your results of this trail mix and maybe you have a creative add on to this recipe!
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Alright, it has to be said, the information in this post is not presented by a medical practitioner! You should always seek medical advice from a trusted health care provider. Furthermore, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis; however, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms.