Ever since I started following a low-fiber diet for my Crohn’s Disease, I have struggled to find meal replacements or snacks that are “Marnina-friendly.” One of my biggest issues was finding granola bars that were less than 3 grams of fiber. While the consumer industry is raising the fiber content in their products to make them healthier, the added fiber is further limiting my snack choices. I was especially surprised when I went looking for protein bars. Protein bars are a gold mine for fiber. Companies design protein bars so that they can replace a meal and so they usually contain between 3-8 grams of fiber. After speaking with fiance Seth, my in-house nutritionist, I learned that companies add fiber to protein bars because it helps slow digestion and make the energy from the bar last longer. That is great news for everyone BUT me and and others who cannot tolerate lots of fiber.
Marnina and I are proud to introduce the newest member of our I Be a fooDie team…. Gutsy! Our new mascot Gutsy is a stuffed intestine created by our logo designer Shari Bodofsky. While Gutsy may not enjoy long walks on the beach, he does enjoy educating and raising awareness about IBD. We decided to unveil Gutsy in honor of IBD Awareness Week (Dec. 1 – Dec. 7). Read the rest of this entry »
A healthy breakfast should start with a mixture of fiber and protein, both of which contribute to satiety. Individuals with Crohn’s Disease often have to limit their fiber (and in some cases, their fat intake), which limits their ability to consume avocados. Eggs can also be a trouble food if eaten in high amounts, especially because a decent amount of fat is stored in their yolks. However, if these foods are eaten in moderation, they can be paired to create a delicious breakfast combination. If you want to mix up your breakfast routine, try out this new breakfast food: the Eggvocado!
As we continue on our fresh herb kick, we recently decided to counteract the cold weather with not one, but two, old-time comfort foods: tomato basil soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. But this wasn’t any ordinary pairing of the two comfort foods – instead of eating them separately or dunking the grilled cheese sandwiches into the soup, the sandwiches acted as the croutons. They were nothing like regular croutons that have a crunch, and instead were mostly soft and chewy. Pan-frying them did give them a slight crunch on the exterior though. The basil provided an extra kick of flavor; tomato basil is a great combination and we recommend pairing the two ingredients whenever possible.
Fresh herbs can make or break a dish. In the past, we have often used dried herbs as a substitute for fresh herbs. We turned to the fresh variety when we felt it would truly enhance the taste, but we often substituted dried herbs because of the convenience factor, and because we could never use up the entire bunch of fresh herbs before it went bad. But now, after consistently cooking with fresh herbs for a few weeks, we may never turn back. Needless to say we thoroughly enjoy the fact that our refrigerator is constantly stocked with an assortment of fresh herbs, whether it be dill, parsley, cilantro, or thyme.
As Fall sets in and the leaves begin to change colors, the chilly weather signals one thing: really really really cold weather is coming. In a gloomy and sometimes arctic region like New England, it is necessary to find the bright spots that accompany the arrival of Fall. For us foodies, that would be apple picking, the abundance of certain root vegetables, and of course, our favorite group of foods: winter squash. If you can recall, we once packed a stuffing into a pumpkin, baked it until it was soft, and then took a trip to food heaven as we enjoyed one of the best meals ever (Happiness in a Pumpkin). Marnina jokes that I am so much in love with squash, especially butternut and buttercup, that I should have her engagement ring resized so that it can be given to a squash.
We have recently gone on a pumpkin craze, and we would like to share two recipes that have been indulgent but still relatively healthy due to pumpkin’s nutritional content. For dinner on Friday night we made a dairy-free pumpkin custard, a light dessert that takes like pumpkin pie filling. Then, for Sunday morning brunch, we cooked up a baked pumpkin french toast dish that was off the charts good. While we enjoyed the smell of our apartment during the cooking process of both of these dishes, we REALLY enjoyed the buttery pumpkin sweetness that infused our custard and french toast.
Disclaimer: The advice and recommendations provided by the author of this article are not necessarily representative of I Be a fooDie and are solely meant to serve as a suggestion and/or resource for those with Crohn’s Disease.
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Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory disease that can affect different parts of the gastrointestinal tract. For some people, the disease will only affect the colon, while others will experience inflammation of the small intestine. Inflammation can occur in any part of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus, and can cause a wide variety of symptoms including abdominal cramping, diarrhea, ulcers, reduced appetite and weight loss, bloody stools, fatigue, mouth sores, skin disorders, fever, and more.