If you're like most people who suffer from allergies, you are probably always on the lookout for some relief that does not involve pumping yourself with a bunch of medicine. Of course, an allergy expert at a place like Oak Brook Allergists can help you determine what's predominantly causing your allergy symptoms and work with you to put together a plan for relief. But there are some things you can do yourself to help keep those ugly symptoms at bay, like making tasty recipes that are known for their allergy fighting properties. Here are four you can try today:
Nut N' Local Honey Smoothie
Honey that is produced in your local area may help to relieve your allergy symptoms because the bees transfer pollen from flowers to the honey, providing a small dose of the pollen each time you enjoy the honey. In essence, the honey acts like an inoculator that protects you from any inconvenient allergy symptoms that you might be used to. This nut n' local honey smoothie is tasty, filling, and full of protein to keep you going until your next meal:
- 2 bananas
- ¼ cup roasted almonds
- 2 tbsp locally produced honey
- 1 tsp wheat germ (for extra fiber)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup ice cubes
Put everything but the ice in your blender and mix on high speed until smooth and creamy. Then add the ice and pulse until the drink is smooth again. It's important to choose local honey to make sure that its pollen is from flowers you are exposed to daily within your community.
Sweet and Sour Green Juice
Like broccoli, kale is a cruciferous vegetable that happens to be rich in carotenoids which are pigments thought to help fight off allergy symptoms throughout the year. You can simply add kale to your daily salads, steam it as a side dish, or juice it with a few other ingredients to make a refreshing and tasty drink. Here's how to make a batch of sweet and sour green juice for your household:
- 1 bunch of kale, washed and roughly chopped
- 2 red apples, cut into large chunks
- 1 lemon with the peel on
- About a ½ inch piece of ginger, peeled
Just put everything through your juicer and extract the liquid into a mason jar or pitcher. Pour the juice over a few ice cubes right before you're ready to enjoy it. If you don't have a juicer, you can blend the ingredients (peel the lemon first) until well combined, and then strain it through a mesh colander or nut milk bag to make your juice.
Mint Apple Cider Tea
Ingesting apple cider vinegar can help you quickly get rid of sneezing attacks, itchy eyes, and even rashes. It also works to improve your immune system, making it harder for allergies to bother your system overall. It can be drunk as-is, mixed with water, or turned into a tasty tea to enjoy hot or cold. Try this minty apple cider tea:
- 1 teabag of your choice
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar, honey, or stevia
- 3 mint leaves or ½ drop of mint extract
Steep your teabag in 6-ounces of hot water for a couple of minutes and discard the bag. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir vigorously to make sure everything is well combined, and enjoy immediately.
Berry Melon Cooler
Foods high in vitamin C, such as watermelon, minimize the amount of histamine that is released into your body by inflammatory cells. Because histamine is what causes allergy symptoms like hives and itchy skin, the less of it that is introduced into your body, the less symptoms you'll experience. Enjoying a berry melon cooler is a great way to fight off that histamine:
- 5 cups watermelon chunks, seeds removed
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- Juice of half a lemon
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups ice cubes
Put everything in your blender and mix on high until well combined. Serve right away, or put the mixture in the freezer to create a slushy for dessert!
Incorporating these recipes into your regular eating routine will not only help relieve symptoms as they arise, but they'll also help to help stop those symptoms from developing at all.