Easy Breathing - Pineapple with a Honey Ginger Sauce: Naturally Cope with Bronchitis
by 11January 21, 2015
This winter I became incredibly sick with bronchitis. My Christmas joy was covered up with the sound of my intense coughing and wheezing! Instead of really focusing on the nutrients I needed, I got caught up in all of the holiday food-- of course, how could I not? Although it was easy to give in to nomming on sugar cookies and mashed potatoes, my body really needed some extra nutrients to help it heal.
This recipe is one that will help you if you end up with bronchitis or any other respiratory related ailment. As someone who has asthma, I'm not going to just use this when I have bronchitis, but really any time I can tell my lungs are feeling weaker. I'm going to give you luvvs a guide for this and what to eat if you have the flu. Medicine is absolutely important when you're sick, but don't forget that food is a part of healing your body, too.
PINEAPPLE WITH HONEY GINGER
1 cup of pineapple chunks
3 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of minced ginger
handful of shredded almonds
Start with fresh pineapple; please, I beg you, stay away from the canned pineapple if possible. Once you have your pineapple core, cut into rings, then into chunks. After chopping your pineapple, now mince your ginger. Does anyone else think of the Mandrakes in Harry Potter when they cut up ginger? They totally look alike! Think about it.
After mincing your ginger, top with your cinnamon and honey. Stir until everything is thoroughly distributed. Once mixed, top over pineapple. Then sprinkle with almonds.
Luvvs, you are covered by some amazing nutrients that will work overtime to help you with your breathing. Pineapple is rich in bromelain, which is known to increase circulation and to help thin your mucus. With thinner mucus, you'll be able to more easily get rid of the nasty stuff that's blocking your bronchial tubes.
The ginger, cinnamon, and honey will help you as well. Honey is a natural cough suppressant, and essentially a must when you're sick. Cinnamon and honey combined will do wonders for a cough. As always, try to keep your honey local for added benefits. Ginger, in addition to boosting your immune system, helps with inflammation. Almonds round this dish out to give you antioxidants to help your immunity.
This mixture is great on Greek yogurt. I will say there's a lot of debate over whether or not dairy is okay to eat while sick. There's a myth that it creates more phlegm and thus hurts you. A lot of reputable sources say this isn't true, but you know your body-- if dairy is hard on your body, avoid it. It's delish either way!
This is great for your body, so even if you're not sick, make this!
Happy Eats My Sweets,