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Sunday, 28 May 2017

A Recipe for British Tomato Week that Can Help Hay Fever!


Today I am sharing a guest post recipe for British Tomato Week that Can Help Hay Fever!

“It’s British Tomato Week from 22nd to 28th May and to celebrate, we have a hay fever busting recipe that's popular with kids, containing the great British tomato,” says airborne allergies expert and creator of the HayMax organic allergen barrier balm, Max Wiseberg. “What you eat can affect your hay fever positively or negatively. Certain foods can exacerbate the symptoms of hay fever whilst others can ease them. Here’s a healthy pizza recipe that my partner Christine created to help with my hay fever symptoms.”


“The pizza contains British tomatoes, a super source of antioxidant vitamin C that researchers have found give protection against allergies and asthma [1]. You can also make your own passata in no time by blending British tomatoes with a few cloves of garlic, a few fresh basil leaves and a little black pepper in a blender.”

“In addition, yellow pepper contains beta carotene which is high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids and is said to be good for preparing your body and fighting off hay fever symptoms. Red onions contain high amounts of the natural antihistamine quercetin, whilst pineapple contains bromelain which helps the body absorb quercetin. The garlic may help to clear your nasal passages, has natural decongestant effects and can help to reduce excess catarrh.

“There are no processed meats or foods, or dairy cheese, as they can stimulate mucus, which can build up in the throat and make your hay fever symptoms worse. Instead use a dairy free ‘cheese’, tofu or a cashew nut based ‘cheese’. Tofu contains zinc which is antibacterial and antiviral, whilst nuts are a great source of magnesium and vitamin E. As an antioxidant, vitamin E protects the body from damaging free radicals. Free radicals can cause oxidative tissue damage, which triggers inflammation that contributes to problems like allergies and asthma. (Of course, avoid nuts if you’re allergic to them.)

If you have a wheat allergy this may make your hay fever symptoms worse, so use a gluten-free flour for the base. Use whole grain flour for the base, or a ready-made whole grain base, as whole grains contain zinc, an antibacterial and antiviral. And top with rocket or baby spinach leaves, which also contain zinc.”

British Tomato, Red Onion, Pepper, Pineapple and Spinach Dairy-free Pizza:

Base:
  • 350g strong wholemeal bread flour
  • 7g sachet of dried yeast
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 200ml warm water

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Mix the ingredients together. 
  2. Tip the dough on to a floured board and knead for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Put in a clean bowl, cover and leave to rest until it doubles in size (about an hour). 
  4. Divide the dough into 3 pieces and roll each into a round pizza shape, approximately 20cm in diameter. 
  5. Put on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the edges start to brown.
Topping:
  • 6 tablespoons tomato passata (make your own by blending British tomatoes with a little crushed garlic, chopped basil and ground black pepper)
  • 150g dairy-free ‘cheese’ or tofu
  • 3 medium sized British tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 3 slices pineapple (fresh or tinned)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Baby spinach leaves to decorate

Method:
  1. Spread 2 tablespoons of tomato passata on each pizza base. 
  2. Remove the outer skin of the onion and de-seed the yellow pepper. 
  3. Slice the British tomatoes and chop the red onion, yellow pepper and pineapple to desired size, and divide evenly between the 3 pizzas. 
  4. Crush the garlic and sprinkle over each pizza. 
  5. Sprinkle a few fresh basil leaves on to each and put in the oven for about 5-10 minutes. 
  6. Meanwhile grate the ‘cheese’ or chop the tofu. Remove the pizzas from the oven and sprinkle over the ‘cheese’ or tofu. 
  7. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes until the ‘cheese’ begins to melt. 
  8. To serve, add some freshly ground black pepper and a handful of fresh baby spinach leaves.

Guest post courtesy of HayMax, the creators of HayMax organic, drug-free allergen barrier balms, Haymax.

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