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Three Healthy COPD Desserts That Won’t Feel Like Cheating
As we’ve mentioned before finding a dessert for those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be a daunting task. Aside from a grocery list of foods and ingredients that commonly cause exacerbations within those with COPD, finding foods that agree with one’s diet and serve to promote good health are few and far between.
Luckily, we here at the Lung Institute believe that crucial vitamins and nutrients aren’t limited to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and at only a few hundred calories each, every bite will feel like a cheat day.
3. Peanut Butter Mousse
The benefits of peanuts are undeniable. Known for their high protein content, unsaturated fats, fiber, and antioxidants, peanuts are renowned for their role in disease prevention through their natural anti-inflammatory properties.
- 3 oz. Silken Tofu
- 1/3 cup Reduced-fat Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 Confectioner’s sugars
- (Optional) Marshmallow Fluff
- (Optional) Chopped Peanuts
- Puree one 12.3 oz. package silken tofu and 1/3 cup each reduced-fat creamy peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar in a blender until smooth.
- Divide among glasses, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes.
- Top with a dollop of Marshmallow Fluff and sprinkle with chopped peanuts and/or chocolate.
2. Gingered Blueberry Shortcake
For over a thousand years, ginger has been considered a wonder spice used in the treatment of soothing stomachs, migraines, motion sickness, arthritis, killing cancer cells and treating asthma. Combining vitamin-c, manganese, and the natural anti-oxidants contained in blueberries, this healthy COPD recipe is packed with vital nutrients with half the calories.
- 4 cups blueberries
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 9 oz. all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons chilled butter cut into small pieces
- 3 tablespoons mince crystallized ginger
- ¾ cup 2% reduced-fat milk
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar or granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine 4 cups blueberries, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook for 3 minutes, or until berries begin to pop, stirring frequently. Set aside.
- Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a food processor; pulse three times to combine. Add butter and ginger to the processor; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Place mixture in a large bowl; add milk, stirring just until moist.
- Turn mixture out onto a lightly floured surface. Press mixture into a 7-inch circle; cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Combine egg white and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Lightly brush tops of wedges with egg white mixture; sprinkle evenly with turbinado sugar.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
- Place cream in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Split shortcakes in half horizontally; spoon 1/3 cup berry mixture over each bottom half. Top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons whipped cream; cover with shortcake tops.
1. Grilled Strawberry Kebabs with Lemon Mint Sauce
Bursting with vitamin-c, fiber, and anti-oxidants, the strawberry is one of the most popular fruits in the world; and it’s not bad with a side of melted chocolate or whip cream either…
- 24 ripe medium strawberries
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup loosely packed mint leaves, torn
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Special equipment: eight 10-inch wooden skewers, soaked in water at least 15 minutes.
- Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high and scrape t clean with a grill brush.
- While the grill preheats, thread the strawberries onto the skewers, piercing each strawberry with two skewers and making a total of 4 kebabs with 6 strawberries on each (double-skewering the strawberries will make them easier to turn).
- In a cup, combine the oil and 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup. Brush the syrup mixture over the strawberries.
- In a small bowl, combine the mint, lemon zest and juice and remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
- Grill the strawberries until they are softened and have grill marks, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve the strawberries drizzled with the lemon-mint sauce.
Sometimes it is possible to have your dessert and eat it too, and with the healthy COPD desserts we’ve provided, those suffering from COPD can have the best of both worlds: flavor as well as nutrition.
Although there is no cure for COPD, we here at the Lung Institute offer a method of treatment that has been shown to improve pulmonary function and quality of life to our patients.
If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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