Celebrations | Food/Diet | IBD
Have you found yourself looking for easy gut-friendly recipes to enjoy this summer? Then you have come to the right place. Many of us with an IBD find ourselves struggling to find something at the table that we can enjoy. But with a few modifications, you can find yourself enjoying those summer recipes once again.
It’s important to note that no single diet can work for everyone. Each person’s body is different, so what works for you may not work for the next person. It may be helpful to keep a food diary with you in order to target exactly what triggers you. If you find yourself not being able to tolerate some ingredients listed, you may substitute and alter the recipe to suit your diet.
These 6 recipes are just as flavorful as you remember, but will leave your gut feeling happier than ever.
To me, there’s nothing better than a nice cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. However, the amount of artificial sweeteners and added sugars found in store bought bottles can wreak havoc on your gut.
This recipe provides you with the same amount of flavors, minus the caffeine and pain. Hibiscus tea is known to aid digestion. It has the ability to improve bowel movement and relieve constipation, thus improving the health of the GI system. Mint is anti inflammatory and can also relieve indigestion. It is rich in vitamins C, D, E, and A which can help improve the immune system.
This is a perfect alternative to the classic grilled burger.
Red meat is tougher on the gut to digest, and ground chicken/turkey are a better option. Ground chicken is lower in saturated fat making it leaner and easier on the stomach. If you are looking for that leaner option, I suggest using turkey bacon instead as well. If you are able to digest red meat, go ahead and replace the ground chicken for ground beef. Scallions may cause bloating, but only if you use the white part. If scallions don’t work overall, that is an easy ingredient to omit. This recipe is perfect for those following a paleo diet and even if you’re not, it can still suit your diet.
This is one of my favorite recipes, as several gut-friendly brands are provided to make grocery shopping a little easier.
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The nice grill flavor on the chicken just screams summer. Although garlic is a central ingredient, it is known to irritate the digestive tract, but it can be easily omitted. I suggest using garlic infused oil instead, it provides the same exact flavor that garlic powder produces minus the bloating. I recommend using Fody’s Low Fodmap Garlic-Infused Olive Oil if you can’t make it at home.
A typical summer side dish includes a fruit salad. For many, raw fruit is a big no. Grilled peaches are a great tasty alternative. Personally, I can’t digest the skin of fruits, but this recipe works great since the skin falls right off.
—Banana Ice Cream—
A perfect pair with the recipe above. For those who cannot tolerate dairy, banana ice cream goes great with grilled peaches. It is a simple one ingredient recipe that is a healthier – yet tasty – alternative to everyone’s favorite dessert.
Nut butter (Peanut, Almond, Sun), Frozen fruits (if tolerable), Sugar, Honey
—Chocolate Ice Cream—
A summer staple. You can’t have summer without S’mores. Everyone knows how to make this dish, but the typical marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers however, may not always agree with your gut. Here are some alternative brands to suit your diet.
If you prefer to make your own gluten free graham cracker, here is the link.
In my opinion this is the best vegan brand. It has minimal ingredients (no corn syrup or artificial sugars) and comes in various sizes.
With these choices for gut-friendly summer foods, who says you can’t have flavorful food and keep your gut healthy?!