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Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. You’ve heard it over and over again. Have you ever found yourself asking why everything that tastes good is always so bad for you? French fries, chocolate, white wine—the list goes on. For so long, you’ve felt limited to diet staples like rice cakes, celery and V8. And while these low-calorie goodies are excellent snacks, there has to be more out there, right? Yes! There is so much more out there. Why are tasty and healthy always at odds? Why can’t you eat something tasty that also improves your health? Well, we’re here to prove that you can!
Before you start any diet, there are two essential things to remember. One: Remember that a diet is simply what you eat. It’s a lifestyle modification, but it most certainly is not your whole life. Two: Don’t give up, but don’t get stuck in a rut. If you aren’t happy with your current food choices, change it up. Try something new. Find new recipes. But whatever you do, don’t revert back to your old unhealthy lifestyle because there are always other options out there.
When it comes to modifying your diet, you should always consider what would help your overall health. Will dropping your caloric intake help you lose weight? Sure, but cutting your calories too severely will also cause you to lose energy. Balance is essential. For individuals combating a chronic lung disease, it is important to boost your calories to maintain your weight and your energy level, but doing so healthily can be difficult. By looking for foods that are oxygen rich, you can improve your blood oxygen level and hopefully breathe a little easier. This means it’s time to get creative with leafy greens and some lean protein.
Greek Salmon Salad with a Dash of Feta
Imagine the meal in front of you. As you lift your fork to your lips, the soft aroma of Greek dressing with the smooth texture of feta cheese greets you. The lettuce creates the perfect color backdrop for the freshly caramelized onions. The build-up is almost too much when you take the first bite; like a wave, a rush of happiness washes over you as you savor the perfectly broiled salmon. Your taste buds tingle in anticipation for the next bite.
That’s right; you’re excited for a salad. A bed of lettuce that tastes just so amazing that you can’t help but want more. A healthy meal choice that gives you a slice of heaven right there in your kitchen. All it takes is 25 minutes of prep, and you too can experience this savory salad.
A Recipe from Above
The Ingredients (All to Your Taste Preference)
- Mixed Greens
- Candied Walnuts
- Light Greek Dressing
- Olive Oil
Step One: Breathe. This is the first day of your healthy life.
Step Two: Place your salmon filets on a broiler pan. Lightly dust with salt and pepper (to taste). Broil for 20 minutes. During this broiling time, you can prepare the rest of the meal.
Step Three: Wash the lettuce, onions and tomato. Cut to desired sizes. Our recommendation is to chop lettuce to a comfortable bite size, slice tomatoes into wedges and sliver onions for caramelization.
Step Four: Heat a small pour of olive oil until steaming, add onions and pan fry until a golden brown.
Step Five: Make your own oxygen-rich masterpiece. Start by creating a fluffy bed of lettuce; this is your backdrop. Carefully crumble craisins, feta and candied walnuts to your liking. Place your freshly broiled salmon in the center. Gently sprinkle caramelized onions and tomato wedges to frame the salmon. Lastly, very slowly pour a light Greek dressing across the top, so there is a spritz of dressing on every bite.
Step Six: Enjoy! You have just created your first oxygen-rich meal. Now it’s time to sit down and savor the flavors.
Congratulations! You are quickly on your way to becoming a health food guru. Pretty soon, incorporating healthy, oxygen-rich ingredients into your favorite dishes will feel like second nature. Hopefully, you will begin to notice a difference in your oxygen levels!
If you would like to see your blood-oxygen levels continue to improve, perhaps it is time to take your health into your own hands with stem cell therapy. The Lung Institute offers an alternative lung disease treatment with the use of autologous stem cells. For more information, call (800) 729-3065 or contact the Lung Institute.