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Oxygen-Rich Snacks

10 Mar 2015
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Crazy Ants on a Log

I remember walking in the door from the bus stop after school and throwing my backpack to the ground just before my mom presented a plate of ants on a log. The old time favorite is quite simple: celery, peanut butter and raisins. Yet, to a child hungry from the adventures of an elementary school day, it is power food. In fact, it is power food for people of all ages, and adding a twist by replacing the raisins with dried cranberries, you can make your ants crazy healthy.

Recipe for Crazy Ants

Ingredients:

  • 4-12” celery stalks
  • 2-tablespoons of low-fat, low-sugar peanut butter
  • 2-dozen dried cranberries

Directions:

  • Wash the celery stocks diligently and cut them to size
  • With a butter knife fill the crevasse of the celery with peanut butter
  • Place about 6 dried raisins intermittently in the peanut butter.
  • Eat and be happy!

What makes it Healthy?

Each vegetable brings a mix of nutrients to the table when eaten. Those that are green in color, have chlorophyll in its cells which helps in the photosynthesis process. As most of us learned in middle school physical science class, green, leafy plants take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen through photosynthesis. This leads to plants that are green having a higher concentration of oxygen in its cells. Celery has an extremely high concentration given that its cells also retain water. For someone that suffers from a lung disease that restricts the flow of oxygen in their body, oxygen-rich foods like celery can help fight some of the negative effects of the disease.

In addition to the added oxygen, dried cranberries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Specifically, they hold a large amount of fiber which helps the digestion process in the body. In the end, a more efficient digestion system means a more efficient body. This, along with other fiber enriched food, can help combat the chronic fatigue that goes along with a lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), by making sure your digestion doesn’t take much needed energy away from your body.

Check back with us each day this week for a new oxygen-rich recipe that is designed to help give your body a fighting chance to combat lung disease. If you or a loved one is looking for more than a new diet to treat your lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Contact a patient coordinator by calling (800) 729-3065 to get your questions answered and get you back on the road to breathing easier.

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