Here are a few gift ideas for the cook or foodie with an unhappy gut.
Smoothies and soups are easy ways for everyone, including people with active IBD or other health conditions that require a low roughage/fiber diet, to eat more fruits and vegetables. This book is full of more than 100 nutritious recipes that easily can be modified for food preferences and dietary restrictions.
This is a must-have kitchen appliance for people with gastrointestinal issues, especially for those following a low roughage/fiber diet. It's one of the fastest and most effective ways to make your own pureed soups, smoothies, sauces, and more. My patients and I love the Vitamix, partly because it's super easy to clean, but the Ninja and Blentec are also excellent.
FODY Intro Pack (low FODMAP)
The low FODMAP diet has helped people around the world manage their gastrointestinal symptoms, but many of them will tell you that it’s not always easy. A low FODMAP diet eliminates onions and garlic, which means that a lot of foods are off limits. FODY Foods, a low FODMAP food company, sells FODMAP friendly sauces, marinades, oils and other goodies for the low FODMAP follower. Consider giving the FODY Intro Pack this holiday season. The pack includes pasta sauces, salsa, BBQ sauce, and Dark Chocolate, Nuts, & Sea Salt Bars.
My patients love this inexpensive tool that makes ‘pasta’ out of vegetables. Veggie pasta, such as zoodles (zucchini noodles) are popping up on restaurant menus, but you can easily make them yourself with the help of a spiralizer. Excellent gift for anyone looking to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables and especially useful for someone following the Paleo or Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The spiralizer was also a top pick in 2015 along with these other goodies.