Apples, grapes, and celery leaves are high in flavonoids (water-soluble plant pigments that benefit health) and vitamin C.
Both are antioxidant.
People with chronic lung conditions, such as asthma, often have low levels of antioxidants, perhaps because this inflammatory condition depletes them.
One study found that vitamin C supplementation helped protect against exercise-induced asthma. Others studies have shown that more fresh fruit in the diet improves asthma.
Also, the beneficial bacteria in yogurt promote gut health.
Research increasingly suggests that abnormal resident “flora,” or bacteria, predispose people to asthma and other allergic conditions. Preliminary research suggests that some probiotic supplements improve airway responses.
Whether eating yogurt improves asthma isn’t yet known, but it does seem to fortify immune function.
We like this recipe because it’s refreshing, easy to make, and contains a number of ingredients that promote lung health.
What You Need
- 6 tablespoons (75g) plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons (28ml) fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup (100g) chopped celery
- 1 cup (150g) sliced seedless red grapes
- 2 large red sweet apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 cup (100g) walnuts Pinch of paprika
- Celery leaves, for garnish
Preparation And Use
1In a large bowl, whip the yogurt and lemon juice together.
2Stir in the salt and pepper.
3In a separate bowl, mix the celery; grapes, apple, and walnuts.
4Pour the yogurt mixture over the fruit mixture until fully covered.
5Stir to combine.
6Add a pinch of paprika to each serving.
7Garnish with the celery leaves.