Valentine’s Day is a time for you to shower your special someone with love. And candy. Candy seems to be required. However, you might not be able to default to those sugary boxes of sweets if your loved one has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This doesn’t mean that you can’t show them how much you care, though. An option that can help COPD patients feel the love on Valentine’s Day is a special lung-healthy dinner, and 2 easy recipes can help you pull off such a dinner with a minimum of fuss.
1. Steak and Asparagus
Healthy fats are an important part of any meal when you have COPD, but they can sometimes be hard to get. Steak and asparagus is a recipe that’s fancy enough for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, yet it also provides plenty of healthy fats. The asparagus will also provide vitamins that can help boost the immune system, including vitamins A, C, K and E. With this tasty and lung-healthy main course, you’ll really be able to show your loved one how much you care.
2. Homemade Chocolate-Covered Blueberries
You can round out a Valentine’s Day dinner in many ways without resorting to sugar-heavy candies or desserts. One option is to make your own mix of fresh berries, such as blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. This dessert option limits the sugar, and it also tastes fantastic.
You can also kick Valentine’s Day dessert up a notch and still keep it lung-healthy, and you can do this by making some homemade chocolate-covered blueberries. Blueberries are high in vitamins A and E, as well as immune-boosting minerals like manganese. Add to this the antioxidant power and healthy fats of dark chocolate, and you have a dessert that’s fit for a lung-healthy Valentine’s Day feast.
How to Make Chocolate-Covered Blueberries
- 1 6 oz. package blueberries (You could also use blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries.)
- 6 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into uniform pieces (Make sure the chocolate is at least 85% cacao.)
- Wash the blueberries well. Make sure to dry the blueberries completely after washing them. Any water in the chocolate could cause the chocolate to be lumpy and seize up.
- Put the chopped chocolate into a microwave-safe glass bowl.
- Microwave for 15 seconds at a time. Take the bowl out and stir the chocolate each time. Chocolate melts at fairly low temperatures and the residual heat from the bowl can help finish melting the chocolate if it’s almost melted.
- Dip the blueberries into the chocolate by using a toothpick and dipping at an angle. Make sure you don’t introduce water to the melted chocolate.
- Place coated blueberries onto wax paper, foil or other similar material, and let the chocolate set at room temperature. As soon as the chocolate solidifies, they are ready to eat.
Lung Health Institute Offers Natural Treatment Options for COPD
A big component of this plan is information about many lung-healthy food options, including steak, asparagus and berries. It also contains information about specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs. This plan includes exercise advice, sleeping tips and hydration advice. All these natural methods are combined with the intention of helping to boost your immune system and training your body to fight inflammation using fats.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.