As parents, one of the most difficult parts of parenting is ensuring that our child’s nutrition needs are being met. It is even more difficult for parents with children who suffer from asthma and allergies.
Even though there is no scientific research evidence that food can help alleviate asthma attacks or symptoms, but food comes to play when there are some children who suffer from asthma as a result of food allergies or skin conditions.
General Rule of Thumb: Food for Asthma
- Avoid feeding your child processed food.
It is difficult amidst our busy lives to prepare meals from scratch. However, research studies have shown some links between eating processed food and the growing number of children having asthma. So, it will be more beneficial if children with asthma eat healthily with a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Add Vitamin D, Vitamin A and Magnesium-Rich Foods
There are some vitamins that help in strengthening our lung functions. Fill your family meals with:
- Vitamin A Superfood: Carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, apples and bananas
- Magnesium Rich Food: Spinach, salmon, dark chocolate
- Vitamin D: Milks and cheese
- Avoid Sulfites
Sulfites are a form of preservatives that can worsen your child’s asthma condition. They commonly found in:
- Pickled food
- Dried Fruits
- Bottled lemon and lime juice
Read food packaging labels and avoid food that has sulfites in it.
3 Meals a Day for Children with Asthma
Good Morning Miss Banana Smoothie
Start your family’s morning with a delicious smoothie!
- Frozen berries
- One sliced banana
- One cup of coconut milk/coconut yoghurt
- ½ of avocado
- 1 cup of orange juice
Directions: Blend everything in a blender and get ready to serve. Enjoy!
Recipes Adapted From Keeper of The Home Blog
Good Afternoon Mr Kiwi Berry
Kiwi Berry Fruit Salad is a refreshingly sweet afternoon meal. Here is how to make this delicious mellow sweet meal.
- 1 lb strawberries (quartered)
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 2 cups of diced kiwis (6-8 kiwis)
- 6 ounce of fresh raspberries
- 6 ounce of fresh blackberries
Making the Drizzle Sauce:
- ¼ honey
- 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Cut your fruits as instructed above. Combine all of them in a bowl and toss together.
- Make the drizzle sauce using a small mason jar – combine with honey, lemon zest and juice. Screw on the lid and shake it well.
- Drizzle over the salad and toss it well. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Adapted From Dash of Sanity Blog
- Good Evening Mrs Salmon Cake
End off your family’s day with a simple and quick Salmon Cakes!
- ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
- One egg
- 2-5 ounce of Canned Salmon Meat
- 3 tablespoon of minced onions
- ⅔ cup of crushed wheat crackers or bread crumbs
- Olive oil
- ¼ tablespoon of salt
- ¼ mixed seasoning
- ¼ tablespoon of garlic powder
- Fully drain the salmon meat. Put into a large mixing bowl.
- Mix together with your coconut milk and vinegar. (Put aside for five minutes)
- Add egg to salmon meat and mix with a fork.
- Stir in the bread crumbs, onion, salt, seasoning and garlic powder.
- Form patties. If they fall apart, try adding more bread crumbs.
- Pour olive oil in the pan, when heated, place your patties into the pan and cook for five minutes on each side. Make sure you have enough oil in the pan to form a nice brown coating.
- Sprinkle with fresh lemon and serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Adapted From Smarter Reach Day Blog.
1. McDermott, Annette. “Diet Recommended for People with Asthma.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 30 Apr. 2019, www.healthline.com/health/asthma/asthma-diet.
2. Ellwood, Philippa, et al. “Do fast foods cause asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema? Global findings from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) phase three.” Thorax 68.4 (2013): 351-360.