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Following our annual Dr. Arthritis holiday tradition, we’ve collected this year’s favorite holiday recipes from team members who won’t let pain and fatigue get in between a fabulous Christmas meal.


So plan ahead, get the whole family involved, and check out these easy-to-make, joint-friendly recipes below–

Cruditéand Garlic and Herb Dip

Simple, straight-forward, and easy—all the hallmarks of a must-try appetizer recipe you can whip up in minutes for Christmas. These vegetables are also known for fighting inflammation and are packed with antioxidants.

Pro-tip? Pick-up pre-chopped vegetables at the supermarket to save time and minimize stress on your joints.


2 cups baby carrots

2 cups, pre-cut broccoli florets

2 cups, pre-cut cauliflower florets

2 cups, pre-cut celery

1 pint Greek yogurt

1 pack fresh dill, stems removed

1 pack fresh chives, torn into small pieces

2 tsp pre-chopped garlic

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Wash vegetables thoroughly and arrange on a serving tray.

2. Place yogurt in a food processor and add dill, chives, and garlic.

3. Process the mixture until smooth.

4. Season with salt and pepper, according to taste.

5. Pour mixture into a serving bowl and serve alongside the tray of vegetables.

Broiled Honey Garlic Salmon

A savory and sweet recipe that’s not only easy to make, it can also help decrease inflammation. No need to settle for bland fares this year. This Christmas, you can enjoy the tangy hint of lemon paired with sweet honey and spiced with garlic.


4 pcs salmon fillets

2 tbsps ghee

4 cloves of garlic, minced

4 tbsps honey

1 tbsp water

2 tsps soy sauce

1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 lemon cut into wedges

1/2 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven and set to broil

2. Place ghee in a skillet over high heat until melted.

3. Add garlic and saute until fragrant.

4. Add honey, water, and soy sauce and whisk until all mixture is combined.

5. Gently place salmon fillets in the sauce. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until golden. Baste the tops with pan juices. Season with salt and pepper.

6. While cooking the salmon, place lemon wedges around the salmon to boost the citrus flavor.

7. Remove from heat and place salmon fillets on a baking dish and broil for 5-6 minutes.

8. Serve with a drizzle of sauce from the pan.

Spiced Dark Hot Chocolate

Dessert has always been tricky for arthritis sufferers. But did you know that dark chocolate is actually good for our joints? If you want to enjoy a steaming cup of hot cocoa for Christmas, we recommend this recipe.


1 cup non-fat milk

1 tsp organic raw coco sugar

2 oz dark chocolate, chopped

A pinch of ground cinnamon


1. Heat milk in a sauce pan over medium heat.

2. Before it boils, add brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

3. Stir in dark chocolate and keep stirring until melted.

4. Remove saucepan from heat and pour mixture into a mug.

5. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and serve.

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