Pollen Report – April 21, 2014
Trees – High
Grass – Low
Weeds – Moderate
Allergy Tip of the Day: Day 4: Meals for the Spring Allergy Season
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs made with one higher omega-3 egg and 1/4 cup egg substitute topped with shredded Jack or mozzarella cheese and served on a toasted whole wheat English muffin, strawberries, freshly brewed coffee or tea.
Lunch: Vegetarian quesadilla (made with grilled onions and bell peppers, Jack cheese, and a whole grain tortilla) served with fat-free refried beans and hot sauce or taco sauce, yogurt parfait (made with layers of light or plain yogurt with active cultures and vitamin D, frozen blueberries, and fortified whole-grain cereal).
Dinner: Ground sirloin or turkey meatloaf served over horseradish mashed potatoes (hot cooked potatoes blended with low-fat milk and horseradish to taste), steamed carrots.
The scrambled eggs along with the fortified yogurt and whole grain cereal will add a hefty dose of vitamin D. Studies suggest an association between vitamin D deficiency and increased risk of asthma and wheezing. It has even been proposed that vitamin D deficiency may explain a portion of the current asthma epidemic.
Caffeine from tea or coffee can act like antihistamine in the body, but the tea and coffee need to be of high quality and freshly brewed. Hot liquid in general will have soothing effects on the throat and sinus congestion.
Horseradish not only offers the mucus-thinning benefits of other “hot” spices, but studies have indicated that some horseradish constituents may have antibiotic activity. The hot sauce will also help clear the sinuses.
Provided by Asthma and Allergy Associates, P.C. and ResearchCenter, Dr. Robert Nathan, Dr. Daniel Soteres, Dr. Luke Webb