Caffeine can be a symptom trigger for people with IBS, not just because it's frequently packaged in products that aren't health-supporting, are rich in sugar, or that are high in FODMAPs (such as coffee and colas) but also because it can make us jittery and anxious and speed up digestion. Many (though not all) herbal teas can have the opposite effect: they can soothe and calm the digestive tract and make us feel more relaxed.
I'm one of those unfortunate people who suffer from both IBS and migraine headaches. Although they are two different disorders, they have a lot of features in common, including enhanced sensitivity to pain, so it's not surprising that these two conditions often go hand in hand.
Everyone loves easy, simple salad dressings because dressings are incredibly versatile. They can be used to top salads, of course, but they also add a satisfying jolt of flavor when they're drizzled over vegetables, grains, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Nothing beats the spectacular combo of chocolate and peanut butter. With these surprisingly wholesome bars, you get this amazing flavor atop a rich and delicious oat base. No baking involved!
Protein is often a looming but unwarranted concern when it comes to vegan diets, and low-FODMAP vegan diets in particular. That's because many vegan diets rely heavily on legumes (beans, lentils, and peas), which are excellent sources of concentrated plant protein. Unfortunately, most legumes are high in FODMAPs and can cause digestive distress for people with irritable bowel syndrome.
Making breakfast can be tough at times for people with IBS. Hunger may lag when your tummy has been in a twist all night or when you still feel bloated and stuffed from yesterday's meals. There certainly may be occasions when eating is the last thing on your mind in the morning.
The beauty of homemade vegan cookie dough for snacking is that it doesn't contain any eggs, so it should be safe to eat raw, right? Not necessarily.
Although pudding is a pleasurable comfort food any time of the year, it's especially welcome during the dark, cold, dreary days of winter when a little pick-me-up is needed. Chocolate, of course, makes everything more bearable. It increases the brain's level of serotonin, the "feel-good" brain chemical, which plays a major role in boosting mood and enhancing emotions, along with a slew of other health benefits.
Need an irresistible snack or welcome gift? Here you go! It's easy to create vegan candied pecans at home. This simple, no-bake version makes a scrumptious topping for any special fall or winter dish. Crumble the pecans over baked sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cooked grains, vegan yogurt, or salads.
I like dishes that are quick and easy, so one-bowl meals are a staple in my house. This one pulls together in just half an hour. It's rich-tasting, satisfying, and high in protein, but it won't weigh you (or your tender tummy) down.
This easy rice dish is a little bit sweet, a little bit savory. Infused with tropical flavors, it makes a terrific main dish or side dish.
Homemade low-FODMAP vegan yogurt is easy to make and inexpensive. Once you make your own, you may never buy commercial yogurt again!
Whether you have constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) or suffer from IBS with diarrhea, drinking enough fluids is essential to improving bowel health and function. But not all fluids are the same.
Planning a party? A potluck? A picnic? A simple gathering? It can be a challenge to come up with something savory to serve that's different, fun, enticing, and low in FODMAPs. If you're up for some culinary excitement and kitchen fun, this recipe is for you!
Frozen ripe bananas make thick, tasty smoothies, but they can also trigger symptoms in people with IBS. Is it possible to make an equally thick and creamy vegan smoothie without ripe bananas?