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Winter is often a time when our bodies start craving hot, carb-heavy foods, and all these carbs can cause your inflammation to spike when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Like most people, I definitely start craving hot meals when it’s cold outside. Here are 3 lung-healthy recipes that are perfect for those cold weather months.

1. Curried Pork Stew

Warming spices are comforting when it’s cold out, and the curry powder and cayenne pepper in this curried pork stew provide the right amount of spice. The pork and coconut milk provide the body with a good helping of healthy fats, and the spinach, onion and spices add antioxidants and other inflammation-fighting properties to this dish. You can also try eating this tasty stew over cauliflower rice for an even bigger hit of veggie goodness. 

2. Steak Lover’s Chili

For many people, a good pot of chili is a cold weather staple. I, too, enjoy a tasty bowl of chili, and this recipe for steak lover’s chili is a fantastic lung-healthy option for people with COPD. Using a good cut of steak will give this recipe an awesome flavor, and it also gives you a good amount of healthy fat and lean protein. The leeks, tomatoes and spices like cumin and cayenne pepper bring lots of immune system-boosting vitamins and minerals to every yummy bowl. You can top it with cheese, sour cream or avocado to get even more healthy fats from each serving. The best part about this recipe is that it can be put in the slow cooker, which means you won’t be scrambling to make dinner after a long day. 

3. Beef Stew

Another classic cold weather recipe that can be transformed into an appetizing lung-healthy meal is stew, like this delicious take on beef stew. This flavorsome recipe offers a wide range of vitamins and minerals from vegetables like tomatoes and carrots. It also packs in even more vitamins and minerals as well as loads of savory flavor by including herbs like rosemary, oregano, cumin and cinnamon. If you have a pressure cooker, this recipe is perfect for a quick dinner, but you can also do this recipe in a slow cooker to have a hot meal ready to go at the end of the day. 

Visit Lung Health Institute to Find Natural Treatment Options for COPD

We offer many natural treatment options for COPD and other chronic lung diseases at Lung Health Institute. One of these options is our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™.

A major component of this plan is information about lung-healthy food options, including lean pork and beef. It also contains specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs, like the ones discussed above. Other information in the AI2 includes exercise advice, sleeping tips and foods you should avoid. All these natural methods are combined with the intention of helping to boost your immune system and training your body to fight inflammation using fats. 

Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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