Eating a balanced diet is sensible advice for anyone, but it is even more important if you have pulmonary hypertension. The body needs vital nutrients and vitamins in order to keep healthy, fight infections and perform at its best. When you are already ill, eating well can help ease the symptoms of your disease, help you recover better from treatments, as well as give you more energy and help maintain a healthy body weight. However, pulmonary hypertension treatments can make you feel nauseous and leave you with little appetite.
Here are seven recipes you should try that are both nutritious and flavorful but are easy to eat and low in salt:
1. Vegetable Soup
A quick and easy recipe, perfect for a warming lunch on a cold fall day and packed with nutrients and vitamins.
Ingredients (serves 4):
1 tsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 zucchini, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
3 celery sticks, chopped
2 cups of cauliflower, broken into small florets
14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups cold water
4-5 basil leaves, shredded or chopped finely
Over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic until lightly colored, add in the chopped vegetables and cook for two minutes stirring constantly.
Add the can of tomatoes, water and vegetable broth and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down so that the soup is simmering, cover and cook until the vegetables are just softening. Add the basil, season with pepper and serve.