Tasty Herb Recipes to Make Your Lungs Healthier

Today we want to share some fantastic healthy recipes that you can make yourself at home using herbal ingredients that can improve the health of your lungs and help them to fight the negative effects of air pollution. It’s important that besides this healthy foods and drinks have tremendous health benefits, they are also very tasty. Try one of them today!

Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail

  • 1 and ½ cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, plus a few for garnish
  • juice of 4 grapefruits

To create this refreshing drink, you’ll simply mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and thyme in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat, stirring to dissolve all sugar. Remove from the heat and chill it. We highly recommend making a double batch of this simple syrup, as you can store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Thyme syrup pairs with other cocktails as well or you can just add it to your tea.

Fill each high-ball glass halfway with ice. Add ¾ cup of grapefruit juice to each glass followed by a ¼ cup of thyme syrup. Stir gently if needed. Then top each glass with sparkling water and add a twig of thyme for garnish. This cocktail is a sip of spring in a glass and all your family can enjoy this healthy and delicious drink!

Raw Liquorice Balls

  • 1 cup oats
  • ⅔ cup toasted shredded coconut
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 30 g virgin coconut oil, carefully melted in a bowl over hot water
  • 2 tablespoon raw liquorice powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Just mix all ingredients together in a big bowl until they are evenly combined. Then cover and chill the mixture in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 30 minutes, until mixture has firmed up a bit. And then just shape them into cute little energy balls! Also you can press them into a silicone baking pan to create traditional bars if you’d like. You can also add chia seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, cashews or any other seeds or nuts. They are quick and easy to make, and they’re so healthy and so delicious!

Oregano Pesto

  • 1 cup fresh oregano, tightly packed
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup olive oil

Add all ingredients but the olive oil to the bowl of a food processor and grind until the mixture is slightly combined. With the processor still running, slowly stream in the olive oil until the mixture becomes smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze for later use.

Garlic and Oregano Pesto is a great way to use up surplus herbs. It is just bursting with bold flavors and tastes great on grilled foods, especially if you are looking for a delicious zesty Mediterranean flavor. Freezes well so you can preserve the season and enjoy year round.

Plantain Leaves Salad

For garlic croutons:

  • About 2 cups of Italian bread
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 200 grams of plantain leaves, fresh and ribs removed
  • 200 grams of kale, fresh and ribs removed
  • Shavings of Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Sea-salt and pepper to taste

Make the croutons: in a large bowl, combine the bread with other ingredients and toss well to coat. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and slightly crispy. Set aside to cool.

Place plantain leaves and kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt. Use your hands to lightly “massage” the plantain and kale, helping to soften them. In a small bowl, mix minced garlic, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and the rest of olive oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle plantain and kale with two-thirds of the dressing and toss well. Let them sit for at least 5 minutes to soften.

Place plantain leaves and kale in a large bowl. Top with Parmesan cheese shavings and croutons. Garnish with rest of the dressing.

The easiest comparison of the plantain leaves with something familiar would be spinach, although the leaves are a bit tougher. The flavor is not strong, so pairing them with seasoning, herbs, garlic, lemon, fish sauce, soya sauce, and other flavorings all work well.

Sage and Mint Tea

There are two variants of this healthy and relaxing tea: with dried and fresh herbs.

Sage and mint tea made from dried herbs:

  • 4 cups fresh sage
  • 2 cup fresh mint

Dry herbs by wrapping stems with twine and hanging in cool dry place for 2 weeks. Remove stems and add leaves to the food processor. Pulse until finely ground. Or you can try this recipe with ingredients bought from the local grocery store. Brew tea with 1 teaspoon herbs per cup in boiling water, steeping for 2 minutes.

Sage and mint tea made with fresh herbs:

  • ¾ tablespoon fresh sage
  • ¼ tablespoon fresh mint

Add herbs to boiling water and steep for 5 minutes. Strain herbs and serve.

You can add any of the herbs mentioned above to your tea. Fresh leaves work best, but you can also use dried leaves, for a more herbal flavor. Do not wait for the instant effect. Herbs are not pills – they act slowly, but effectively. So stay healthy and remember to consult your doctor before using any herbal remedies.

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