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Dietary strategies & delicious recipes to help manage inflammatory bowel disease

October 30, 2015

Good nutrition is a top priority for people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and also for their families and friends, say Dr. A Hillary Steinhart, author of Crohn's & Colitis Diet Guide, 2nd Edition.

Living with inflammitory bowel (IBD) disease may not be easy, but if you challenge yourself to reconsider your meal options—even during times of difficulty—you will be making a positive move toward a more healthy relationship with food. Let your preferences and appetite guide you.

What are you interested in tasting that you have not tried before? Is there a food you’ve avoided for a long time that you used to enjoy? It might be time to try that food again. If you’re apprehensive, are you willing to try it in small amounts? What do you realistically have time or energy to make?

Remember that there is no one “IBD diet” for everyone, and that everyone will have individual experiences with different foods. The diet that considers and meets your unique requirements is the right diet for you.

These recipes are not “prescribed” for you to follow; rather, they represent options you might not have considered, new ways to combine flavors and textures, choices that will bring excitement and enjoyment back to eating. Think about your specific needs then find the recipes that suit you. Having a few new options for great-tasting food is bound to be a welcome change for you—enjoy!


Sample recipe:

Chilled Melon Soup with Mango

Makes 4 servings 

Vegetarian choice / Lower-fat choice / Lower-fiber choice

Source of potassium

2 cups   cubed cantaloupe        500 mL

1 cup     diced mango               250 mL

34 cup   orange juice               175 mL

12 cup   lower-fat plain yogurt 125 mL

2 tbsp    lime juice                      25 mL

2 tbsp    liquid honey                  25 mL

              chopped fresh mint (optional)

In a food processor or blender, combine fruit; purée until smooth. Add orange juice, yogurt, lime juice and honey. Blend until combined. Chill. Serve sprinkled with mint, if desired.


IBD Tips

• Chilled soups are refreshing in the warmer months and are a great way to avoid using the oven or stove.

• This recipe contains orange juice, mango and melon, all rich sources of potassium. Remember that melon can make some individuals gassy; consume a moderate amount to start.

• This recipe packs a beta carotene antioxidant punch with the orange fruits cantaloupe, mango and orange juice.

• Even if you don't have IBD, this is a terrific summer recipe to share with family and friends!


Nutrients Per Serving:

Calories 131 / Fat 1g / Fiber 2 g / Protein 3 g / Carbohydrate 30 g





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