Today we’re going to return to the concept of a low FODMAP diet, and how to incorporate it into your meals and snacks.
FODMAPs are carbohydrates that – when not digested properly – stay in your large intestine, causing pain, bloating and other issues. (Read our blog post from earlier in the year for a more detailed explanation of FODMAPs.)
You’ll find FODMAPs in fruits and vegetables, dairy products and artificial sweeteners. And because they can cause digestive troubles, a diet that is low in FODMAPs can be beneficial to people living with chronic gastrointestinal illnesses.
It’s not a diet that’s meant to be permanent – experts say that you should try it for about six weeks – but if you’re considering attempting it, here are a few low FODMAP meal and snack ideas.
Fruits and vegetables
You have quite a bit to choose from here. Low FODMAP fruits include:
If you prefer making a snack of vegetables, try:
Protein snacks and meals
If you’re worried that fruits and veggies aren’t that filling, pair them with a FODMAP-friendly protein or fat source for a snack that will leave you feeling energized.
Gluten-free waffles, that is, topped with walnuts, blueberries and a maple syrup that contains no high-fructose corn syrup.
This classic breakfast staple doesn’t need to be bland. Mix in sliced bananas, brown sugar or almonds.
Put some of the fruit we mentioned above in a blender with some lactose-free vanilla yogurt to make a breakfast you can enjoy on the go.
Peanut butter and pretzels
A quick, easy, classic snack that’s high in fiber and protein.
Low FODMAP trail mix
Mix ¼ cup of nuts into half a cup of cereal to make your own quick trail mix.
If you’re not in the mood for plain eggs, have them with some spinach, peppers and cheddar cheese.
Cook up a dish of rice pasta with chicken, spinach and tomatoes, topped with a pesto sauce.
Using a gluten-free tortilla as your wrap, make a lunch of sliced turkey, tomato, lettuce, a slice of cheddar, mayonnaise or mustard.
Another lunch option: ham and swiss cheese on gluten free bread with mustard.
Beef and vegetable stew
Make some homemade broth, add beef and some of the vegetables from our list
Important FODMAP notes
Before you try these low FODMAP meal and snack ideas, there are a few things you should know:
- Pay attention to food labels, and avoid things that include high FODMAPS – certain fruits, high fructose corn syrup, honey, wheat, soy. Some foods can still be low FODMAP if a high FODMAP food is listed last among the ingredients.
- Buy gluten-free grains, but don’t worry about sticking to a completely gluten-free diet. The goal here is to avoid high FODMAP food, not gluten. Look for gluten-free grains made from corn, rice, quinoa or potato.
- Limit serving sizes for low FODMAP vegetables and fruits and high fiber/low FODMAP foods like quinoa to ½ cup per meal.
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