Sue Shepherd Cookbook

Low FODMAP Cookbook Give-A-Way!

Hello Friends.

Today, I have another wonderful cookbook give-a-way!  Sue Shepherd’s latest cookbook, The Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook.Sue Shepherd Cookbook

Have I been giving lately or what? ;)  This book features 150 gluten free and low FODMAP recipes! How great is that!?  I had so much fun scanning through all the wonderful recipes selecting which ones I will try first.  My first recipe trial was the Chicken Drumsticks with Lemon and Cilantro.  Check these little drumsticks out!  They tasted quite delicious!!lemon and cilantro chicken I have so many sticky note page holders all over this cookbook!  The Chicken with Olives, Sun-dried Tomato and Basil with Mediterranean Vegetables looks super yummy too!  But I am most seriously excited to try out the Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies… (Hello…serious yummmmmmmmmmm!)

Oh yeah..I need to tell you that the lucky winner of the Greek Yogurt Cookbook by Toby Amidor is Rachel H. Yay!  Hope you like it!! And a big thanks for all your amazing suggestions and tips on using Greek yogurt in recipes and in your diet.  I am inspired to trial some of your ideas and I know other blog followers will too!  It was amazing to see how many of you can tolerate Greek yogurt which is so great. NO need to be too strict w/ your diet if you don’t have too!!

As usual, I have been busy behind the scenes working on my FODMAP oriented projects in an attempt to help you guys all out.  As you know–it’s been my mission to make the diet easier to follow and help you feel your best.  So…stayed tuned as I have some more fun to share in the next month or so.

If you want  a chance to win Sue Shepherd’s latest cookbook–just leave a comment on this post!

 

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Low FODMAP diet is not dairy free!

milk truckThe low FODMAP diet is NOT a dairy free diet but rather low in lactose, the sugar found in cow, sheep and goat milk.

If you have been tested for lactose malabsorption or intolerance and have been found to digest lactose sufficiently than you do not need to modify lactose on the low FODMAP diet.  Many individuals have NOT been tested for lactose intolerance or are unsure if lactose is a trigger for them, in this case, minimize lactose while undergoing the elimination phase of the low FODMAP diet.

But even if lactose is a trigger for you…there are many dairy foods that are still allowed on the low FODMAP diet! Go ahead and enjoy yummy low lactose dairy foods such as aged or hard cheeses, think: Cheddar, Swiss, and Parmesan! Most semi-soft cheeses are suitable on the low FODMAP diet too, such as feta, goat cheese and Brie.  Avoid overly wet cheeses such as ricotta and cottage cheese which contain higher amounts of lactose.  Try lactose free cow’s milk or lactose free yogurt.  Even small amount of Greek yogurt can often be tolerated on the low FODMAP diet.  Greek yogurt tends to have less lactose than traditional style yogurt as more lactose is drained off when making the Greek style yogurt thick and creamy.   Of course, read ingredient labels for other added FODMAP ingredients such as fructose, inulin (chicory root), high fructose corn syrup etc.

When reading labels for cheeses–look at the Nutrition Facts label. If there is 0 grams of sugar in the cheese–then the cheese is lactose free or only contains a trace of lactose.  Remember lactose is a sugar. Unfortunately, this little trick is only useful when reading cheese labels; other dairy products such as yogurt often have other sugars added.

Butter only has a trace of lactose so is allowed on the low FODMAP diet.

Lactose containing ingredients hiding in products may include: milk, milk solids, curds, whey, yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream. Whey protein isolate is lactose free while whey protein concentrate may contain lactose.

There are some individuals that are intolerant to other components in dairy such as the protein casein.   If low lactose dairy still poses a problem for you by all means minimize it to your personal tolerance.  And of course, some people choose not to consume animal products.  In these cases, you might find alternative dairy free beverages such as rice or coconut milk your best bet on the low FODMAP diet.

My colleague, registered dietitian, Toby Amidor, wrote a wonderful cookbook featuring Greek yogurt called The Greek Yogurt Kitchen.  Check this beautiful cover out! amidor.greekyogurtkichen.tr

If you can tolerate Greek yogurt {like me}…then please leave a comment after this post on creative ways you use Greek yogurt in your diet and you’ll be entered to win a copy of this beautiful cookbook!  Of course, not all the recipes are low FODMAP–but I bet some are adaptable to the low FODMAP diet or can be new family favorites!!

Another cookbook give-a-way later this week…{Sue Shepherd’s latest cookbook!}

Stay tuned!

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Traveling Tip

Hello from Nantucket.

Today I wanted to share a little travel tip with you.  One of my favorite take along foods on the road is a mixture of oats, walnuts and chia seeds.3 for cereal

I simply add hot water via my coffee maker in my hotel or hot water in a large coffee cup to go at a take out restaurant on the road.

Just add 1/4 cup dry quick cooking oats, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts and 1-2 tsp. chia seeds in small individual bags to go.oats to go!

I sneak off to Nantucket every August for a week to enjoy some family time. We leave our car on the mainland and bike to a new beach every day. nantucket biking It’s a tough life…but someone has to do it!  So…you won’t be hearing too much from me this week.  Time to relax and enjoy some down time!sandy road to beachEnjoy your week ahead.

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Sweet Strawberry Treats!

You will absolutely love this recipe.  Simple.  Delightful. And a little bit naughty.

I don’t know what it is about the tang of yogurt, strawberries and a dusting of brown sugar…but my taste buds are saying, “More please!” This recipe is an inspired from Julie, my daughter’s boyfriend’s Mom! Thanks Julie!! We loved this treat!

dip againI am not suggesting you put globs of brown sugar on your fruit, regularly!  This is an occasional treat.  But I will admit, my daughter Chelsea and I blew through a quart of strawberries making these. :) oops!

strawberriesThere are many options when making these Sweet Strawberry Treats:  Sub in lactose free Green Valley sour cream or lactose free yogurt for the Greek yogurt.  Add a dusting of maple sugar instead of the brown sugar.

ingredients

Get creative. There are no rules in my kitchen…it’s so much funner that way!!

Sweet Strawberry Treats!

Ingredients

  • 1 quart strawberries, washed not hulled
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, lactose free sour cream or plain lactose free yogurt--as desired {Amount of Greek yogurt should not pose problem for most FODMAPers}
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or maple sugar

Instructions

  1. Dip strawberry in yogurt or sour cream and then into brown sugar or maple sugar.
  2. Eat immediately!
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Freshen Up! Low FODMAP style.

Clients ask me all the time about what gum or breath mints to choose while on the low FODMAP diet so I thought this might be a good Tuesday Tip post.

I certainly don’t want your dentist running after me… so just be fair warned that mints and gum made with sugar are not the best for your dental health. :)  Be sure to brush your teeth often and not go over board with sugar-y treats.

What makes a suitable low FODMAP gum or mint?  I tend to go with a product sweetened with sugar and dextrose (glucose) and as little as possible of other ingredients.

You definitely want to avoid sugar alcohol sweetened gum and mints full of mannitol and sorbitol–two FODMAP polyol sources. And of course, avoid high fructose corn syrup too.  

Here’s a few examples that appear suitable to me:gum imageNot all Altoids products are suitable for the low FODMAP diet (some contain sugar alcohols)–but the items shown above looks a-okay to me. It’s funny though –on the back side of the package of Altoids it says, “So go ahead and load up on the onions and garlic…you’re covered”.   Uh hem…maybe not! :)

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Summer Squash & Red Quinoa Salad

Hello.

Today’s recipe is from Epicurious, called Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad.  I found this recipe on the web and have made it twice in the past 2 weeks!! It’s so seriously yummy that I just had to share it with you guys! Click here for the recipe! I didn’t have red quinoa so I used the white quinoa I had on hand.

summer squash quinoaThis salad makes great leftovers too! Feel free to morph the recipe a little to your desires–but I kept it just about the same. The toasted walnuts and fresh basil really add nice flavor!

quinoa summer squash summer salad

This week is flying! How can it be Thursday already?! … I hope you all are having a great week!  The summer in New England has really been perfect. Not too buggy…warm.  Great for hanging outside.  I am loving it!

Thanks so much for all your great Tuesday Tip ideas!! I am working on them.. and have asked some colleagues to guest post too–which is always fun and great to get another point of view.

I pulled two names from my comment list and the winners of the fun packets of paper straws are: 1) Erin and 2) Kate & Maddie  CONGRATS!!

So far I have had a very busy week and past weekend! Last Saturday, I did my first ever Warrior Dash! It was a 3.2 mile run with multiple obstacles–12, I think, and lots and lots of mud. ;)  I signed up without really knowing what a Warrior Dash consisted of…oops!  When my husband Russ showed me the videos online with the mud pools and fire…I was a bit horrified.  But, I did it and I LOVED it!

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Yeah… a little muddy…but happy!

This week, I have been contacted from numerous reporters about the low FODMAP diet.  This is exciting… as this means the word is getting out about the low FODMAP diet! I am hopeful that more people that are suffering silently with IBS will hear about the diet and finally get the help they need!

Until next post, take care!

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Refreshing Fruit & Mint-infused Water

Bored with plain tap water?  Well, then… infuse it!

We love summer fruits and mint added to our filtered tap water for it’s light refreshing flavor and for its beauty.  Seriously gorgeous, right?

fruit and mint infused water

This time, I just added a few blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and mint.  Cucumber and mint is a nice combo too! Strawberries and basil infused together nicely too! The fruit and herbs provide just a subtle flavor–but it makes for a very refreshing and inviting drink!

fruited waterJust add a handful (about 3/4 cup) of your favorite fruits {FODMAPers stick w/ your low FODMAP produce} to a glass jug,  add a few mint or basil leaves, store in fridge and use up within a day or two.

I always serve my water with one of my favorite paper straws.  I love these colorful straws..and have started to get quite a collection!!straws

So fun!paper straws Want to win a package of fun paper straws? Tell me what topics you’d like me to cover in my Tuesday Tips posts?  I will pick a random winner!

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Yield to the almighty onion

Today is Tuesday and that means it is Tip Tuesday for those on the low FODMAP diet.

Providing some real time tips for you in light and fun way. 

TAKE CAUTION!  This is posted for your safety!! :)

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So…what’s the deal with onions?  They seem to be the biggest trigger for most people with IBS.  Onions are a member of the fructan family.  Fructans, also known as oligosaccharides, are the “O” in FODMAPs.  Fructans can be termed:  fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), oligofructose or inulin depending on the chain length of the carb, or the number of sugars held together in the fructan molecule. The longer chain fructans are termed inulin.

First, let me say, onions, for the 80-85 % of people without IBS, are not the bad guys.  Fructans are well known to increase healthy intestinal bacteria, increase calcium absorption, maintain the intestinal mucosal barrier, and reduce risk of colon cancer.  

But for those with IBS, onions are a well-known dietary symptom trigger.  

Because of the health benefits of fructans, staying on the low FODMAP diet indefinitely is not recommended. More research is needed to look at the impact of staying on the low FODMAP long term.

Fructans range from l-o-n-g carbohydrates chains to small carbohydrate chains;  tolerance may be variable depending on the number of carbs strung together.  We know that FODMAPs with the smallest amount of carbs have the greatest osmotic effects (bring water into the intestine.); we also know that the smaller the FODMAP the faster it tends to ferment.  Onions tend to have a smaller number of chains of carbs –even compared to garlic–so perhaps this is why I see less tolerance to onion in my patients.

So what about onions for FODMAPers…

Onions are everywhere. Lurking in our foods and hidden in our food labels. They seem to like to go undercover.  Do not approach them, stay on marked trails! If provoked or attacked by an onion, always try to fight back… with the low FODMAP diet, of course!

Tips to avoid onions while on the FODMAP elimination diet:

  • Look for the term natural flavors in your ingredient list, this can denote onion or garlic, especially if the food is a savory or salty item.
  • Leek, onion, shallots will contain fructans so limit them during the elimination phase.
  • Onion powder, minced onion, onion salt are concentrated onion (fructan) sources so avoid while on the elimination phase of the diet.

Enjoy the onion flavor while on your FODMAP elimination phase by trying the following:

  • Use the green part of scallions (green onion), green part of leeks, or chopped chives to your favorite recipes which have acceptable FODMAP amounts.
  • Add a dash of asafoetida powder (just a scant amount) to impart onion flavor in your dish.  Use gluten free asafoetida powder, if you are following a gluten free diet.
  • Saute onions in olive oil to infuse flavor, remove onions and use flavored oil immediately for the dish you are preparing. {Fructans are water-soluble so will not leach into the oil}.

Did you know In America, most of the fructans in the typical American diet come from wheat? Next, comes onion! Chicory root –added to so many foods and supplements is a fructan too! Be on the lookout for this sneaky additive in your ingredient lists.  I have recently found chicory root in yogurts, granola bars, calcium supplements and probiotics.

Have you found chicory root lurking in any unusual places?

 

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecakes

We all deserve a little treat now and again, right?  So, today, I am sharing a recipe from my childhood that I morphed a bit into a gluten free and low FODMAP treat.  The recipe of the day: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecakes.  Please take a peek!

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As a dietitian, I am all about eating healthy most of the time.  If the goal of eating healthy is to live a long, healthy and productive life, I do believe a little treat can fit in.  I worry sometimes about people that feel guilty about eating a little taste of cake… like it’s evil.  I am a bit fearful that nutrition and eating in the US has become somewhat of an obsession….and not at all in a good way.  I am happy that Americans are more aware of the relationship of food to health but I am sad that food has become a substance of calories, fats and ‘nutrients’ or chemicals rather than looked at as simply food that we eat to nourish and enjoy.   In part, this transition has become a necessity as modern manufacturers don’t always have our back–their goal is pure financial gain and getting an inexpensive manufactured food into the hands and mouths of consumers to make the almighty  $$ buck.  But the fallout of food obsession can have dire consequences —food  becomes feared and obsessed over and along with it a new form of eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa is emerging.  Learn more about orthorexia nervosa  here. Or read a post from Scoop Nutrition on this topic here!

Don’t get me wrong,  I think being an informed consumer is a good thing. I think eating real foods grown in nature is a great goal. I hope that the food manufacturing world will be more transparent and that consumer’s will know exactly what we are eating when we buy packaged foods.  I realize that many of my clients can’t eat anything they want because they have a sensitive intestine.  I am hopeful that we all listen to our bodies and when a food or drink creates pain or digestive woes that we listen and minimize the offending item.  But eating something simply because it has minimal calories or is full of green vegetables but you hate the taste and get very little enjoyment from consuming it…to me, misses the big picture. Food should be nourishing but also enjoyed right?  Too much of a “good” thing–be it water or spinach–can cause harm.  Jamming 2 bags of spinach into a green drink can up the phytates and oxalates to levels that minimize mineral absorption and increase risk of kidney stones in susceptible individuals. More isn’t always better.

I am not one to rant about my beliefs, though my husband may beg to differ with me! Ha! But just wanted to say, I think we need to be a bit more gentle on ourselves with our many “food rules”.  It can be exhausting and stressful to worry about every bite.  I do understand how scary eating can become when every bite seems to trouble your tummy.  And I am hopeful that this area of digestive health will continue to blossom and help us all connect the dots.  Just be mindful that trying to be perfect or ‘clean’ with your diet every single day might just be asking  yourself to do the impossible.  And from a ‘big picture’ health vantage point, this attempt to be perfect rather than eating healthy the majority of the time, probably won’t add years to your life….but rather less life to your years.

Okay…on a lighter note…let’s eat cake! :)

This recipe is partially homemade and partially made with some semi-prepared ingredients…making it super easy to whip up.  It’s also very adaptable.  I made my cheesecakes in my 3 inch torte pans, but these can be made in muffin tins w/ paper liners for easy removal.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecakes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of Farmer cheese (I use Friendship brand which has 0 grams of lactose)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vanilla infused sugar (OR sub in 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla)
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice flour
  • 1 package refrigerated gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough (I use, Immaculate GF chocolate chunk cookies)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare 12 muffin tins by lining w/ paper liners or lightly oil 6, 5 inch tart tins
  3. Press 1 cookie dough 'glob' about 1 tablespoon into muffin tin or 2 'globs' or 2 tablespoon into tart pan, press lightly to form a crust.
  4. In medium bowl, mix farmer cheese,eggs, vanilla sugar (or sugar and vanilla extract) and brown rice flour until creamy.
  5. Top 'crust' with about 1-2 tablespoon of cheese mixture--should leave a bit of outer crust showing.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. Cheese mixture should be firm and cookies lightly browned on sides and cake tester comes out clean.
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How to Make a Well-Balanced Low FODMAP Plate!

Hello Friends,

In the ever changing world of FODMAPs, it is my hope to keep you up-to-date in a quick yet informative way via my blog.  I will be focusing most of my upcoming Tuesday posts on quick tips…conveniently called, Tuesday’s Tips!  So be on the lookout!

Today’s Tuesday’s  Tip:  How to Make a Well-Balanced Low FODMAP Plate, a handout to help guide you in planning a well-balanced AND healthy low FODMAP meal.How to make a low FODMAP meal final pdf How to make a low FODMAP meal! Click here for printable.

Hope you are having a great week!  Plan ahead: this weekend is The Global Outreach Symposium on IBS with Mark Pimentel, one of the key MDs studying small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and IBS.  This event is planned for Los Angeles, California but is available global via webinar.  Click here to learn more!