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What to Eat this Summer
Summer often comes along with certain memories and feelings about the season. For those of us living in the northern section of the country, it means outdoor barbecues, fireflies and opening up the pool. Down south, it’s more like constant heat complaints and dancing from shaded spot to shaded spot. For those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), summer means modifying your lifestyle to help avoid symptom flare-ups. However, some healthy seasonal recipes for COPD can help sufferers enjoy some of the fresh produce that comes around every summer.
Favorite Summer Recipes
Here are a few great recipes for you to try this summer while you continue your fight against lung disease:
This recipe takes some of summer’s favorite flavors and pulls them together for a surprisingly healthy side item or snack.
- 2 tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. nonfat plain yogurt (feel free to substitute Greek yogurt for added protein)
- ¼ teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 lime (quartered)
- 4 ears of corn
- 2 tbsp. low-fat parmesan cheese
- Preheat grill to medium-high.
- Remove the husks from the corn.
- Combine the mayo, yogurt and chili powder in a small bowl and stir.
- Grill the corn and turn occasionally until the corn has grill marks and is tender. This usually takes eight to twelve minutes.
- Spread a small sampling of sauce on each ear of corn.
- Sprinkle ½ tablespoon of cheese on each ear and serve with a lime wedge.
Seasonal Fruit Smoothie
Summertime is when some of the best fresh fruit is available. Strawberries and blueberries may be in season all year long in Tampa, Florida, where the headquarters of the Lung Institute is, but up in Pittsburgh, where the newest clinic just opened, these fruits are only available locally during the summer.
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 cup of cherries
- 1 banana
- 4 ice cubes
- ½ cup of orange juice
- ¾ cup of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
- Place the fruit, ice cubes, orange juice and yogurt into the blender and puree. If the contents look too runny, add more ice; if it’s too solid, add more juice.
Roadside Stand Veggie Sandwich
For me, growing up in Northern Ohio meant my mother coming home with freshly picked vegetables from a roadside stand around the corner. It was a rare occasion when meat wasn’t a part of dinner in some fashion, but when it was veggie sandwich day, we didn’t mind at all.
- Low-fat mayonnaise
- 2 beefsteak tomatoes
- 4 Hungarian wax peppers
- 2 bell peppers
- 4 large sliced portabella mushrooms
- 8 slices of whole wheat bread
- Set your oven to broil.
- Toast the bread.
- Slice the tomatoes, wax peppers and bell peppers into wide flat strips.
- Place the portabella mushrooms in the oven about six inches from the top rack. Broil on each side for five minutes.
- Spread the mayo on your toast, add veggies and serve.
There are many small things that can be done at home to help fight COPD. A healthy lung disease diet, along with regular exercise, can promote lung health and help sufferers slow the progression of their disease. If you or a loved one is looking to treat a lung disease instead of just managing it, stem cell therapy may be the answer you are looking for. Contact the Lung Institute by calling (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for this alternative treatment option.