- If traveling to your celebration, pack a ‘car or plane picnic’–a low FODMAP meal, suitable snacks (peanuts, gluten free pretzels, low FODMAP energy bar such as Go Macro peanut butter) rather than relying on fast food or other convenience options that might not have suitable choices for your sensitive tummy.
- Bring along your favorite low FODMAP appetizer or side dish or two to share–this will ensure you have something to enjoy during the holiday gathering too.
- Pack plenty of your favorite low FODMAP beverages–water, peppermint tea, seltzer (if you tolerate the bubbles!) to keep hydrated during your travels and when you arrive at your destination.
- Indulge in low FODMAP appetizers such as shrimp cocktail (add a splash of lemon-hold the cocktail sauce or just add a little), scallops and bacon, hard cheeses, olives, potato chips, baby carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers and other suitable veggies. Bring along a lactose free dip made from Green Valley lactose free sour cream or lactose free cream cheese.
- Ask the host in advance what the menu will be so you can get a heads up on what you can or can not eat during the celebration.
- Eat a snack prior to going to the event so you can focus on the social aspects of the party rather than just the food!
- Maintain your exercise routine! It’s easy to move away from your morning walk with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday but this can impact your digestive system!
- Keep the libations to a minimum! Alcohol is a GI irritant! Maybe just one glass of white or red wine? 🙂
- Looking for appetizer recipe inspirations? How about trying the Pineapple Walnut Cheeseball, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, or Lemon-y Kale Hummus? Of course, I have a ton of recipes in my recipe section! Check it out here!
I am looking forward to family time and a bit of relaxing. Wishing you the same! I will be away on vacation through the New Year! See ya next year! 🙂