Acid Friendly Meals for the Holidays - Part III
As the holiday season approaches, many are searching for meals to make that are friendly to sensitive stomachs. In Part I of this SharePost, I provided you with an idea for a scrumptious breakfast. Part II gave you a way to enjoy a dinner fit for royalty, without paying a king's ransom afterward. This final part will give you some ideas for party fare that will allow you to socialize alongside everyone else.
- Fruit bars with jam filling
- Gourmet chips
- Low acid fruit and veggies
Parties can be tough for those living with acid reflux disease, especially if the focus is all about the food. However, I think there are a few things to remember as you plan for holiday get-togethers. First, it really isn't about the food. It's about taking time out of our hectic lives to stop and spend time in a more relaxing atmosphere with family, friends or co-workers. Second, you are aren't alone in your food restrictions. Many individuals are living with food allergies, acid reflux disease, or other gastrointestinal issues that limit what and how much they can, or should eat. So if you are asked to join in the festivities, think about bring one of the following to the party. It may be good for you and those you care about.
Fruit bars with jam filling: These are super-simple, and folks usually love them! Since my son has a very sensitive stomach, we use the Gluten-Free Pantry brand white cake and cookie mix and his favorite preserves, peach. Just make the recipe on the box for cookies (we use egg substitute, rice milk and canola spread with the mix). Then, spread half the batter in an 8 inch x 8 inch pan. Spread a thin layer of your favorite preserves on top. Then, spread the remaining batter over top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 - 25 minutes (it will become lightly brown on top). Let cool and cut into bars.
Gourmet chips: There are some really neat chips on the market now that are baked and not fried. One that we love is "Pop Chips." You can find them at Whole Foods or Target, or other gourmet groceries or deli's. We were in New York City this past weekend and they were everywhere! The original flavor has few spices, but tastes great, so you could bring a bag of those, and then choose another bag that is more spicy for those without sensitivities.
Low acid fruit and veggies: A fruit or vegetable tray is an old stand by and party goers seem to love to eat something that does not make them feel guilty! Try putting together slices of Asian pears, different melons, carrots and celery. You can mix one part softened cream cheese with one part whipped cream if you want to surprise folks with a sweet dip.
Just remember. It's not about the food and you are not alone!