Grilled melon

Grilled Cantaloupe & Prosciutto

Today I thought I would share an easy appetizer recipe with you…Grilled Cantaloupe and Prosciutto! Grilled melon

Simply wrap cantaloupe with thinly sliced prosciutto and secure with water-soaked toothpick.proscuitto and melon

Place on grill until lightly browned–turning to ensure evenly browned sides.

I would suggest subbing in pineapple chunks for the cantaloupe as another tasty combo.  A little drizzle of balsamic vinegar might add a nice touch too!  Get creative! :)

Remember:  Soak toothpicks in water to reduce the burned wood effect.  (I could have done that for a bit longer than 5 minutes–maybe 30 minutes prior to using!)

No recipe for this one. Just make as much as you want!  Of course, FODMAPers don’t go overboard with the portion! (1/2 -3/4 cup max..with the cantaloupe).

I hope your week is going well!  Hip Hip Hooray for the upcoming long weekend in the US!

 

 

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Low FODMAP broth

Even though the weather is still gorgeous here in New England, the fall is sneaking up and around the corner.  Cooler weather translates to warm comfort foods–and soups certainly top the menu list.  Although most commercial broths contain onion and garlic, Savory Choice offers a  chicken, turkey and beef broth (both regular and reduced sodium), a liquid broth concentrate in a stick packet, that according to the manufacturer representative I spoke with are onion and garlic free!!  PicMonkey CollageJust mix each packet with 1 cup of hot water and you have your broth ready to go..  ready to whip up as part of your favorite soup starter.

Yay! Some of my client’s have tried these packets as part of their low FODMAP diet without a hitch.  Savory Choice chicken, turkey and beef broth are also gluten free and free of MSG.

Note: Savory Choice also offers a Pho broth option but I am not sure about the garlic or onion content. Also the vegetable broth has onions!

Of course, you can always make up some broth on your own which is so tasty and nourishing too… but this offers a quick and easy alternative.

Hope this Tuesday Tip makes easing into the cooler weather a bit simpler.

And last but not least, thank you for your many sweet and kind messages and your enthusiasm for the opportunity to win Dr. Susan Shepherd’s latest cookbook!!  I think 218 comments were left on my blog for this give-a-way! Wow!!

The winner has been randomly selected and is:  Amanda! Congrats Amanda!

The good news is I have another wonderful low FODMAP cookbook give-a-way coming your way fairly soon!

Disclaimer: Since most commercial food products have not been officially tested for FODMAP content–I can’t guarantee the items I allow on the low FODMAP diet are free of FODMAPs. Based on what I understand about the diet, I make recommendations as I would see fit for my clients I educate on the diet!

 

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!

Note: Sue Shepherd’s Cookbook was provided to me for review and as a give-a-way from the publisher.

 

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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.

dip again

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! :)

summer squash quinoa

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!

fruited water

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?