Instead of going out and fighting the crowds on Valentine’s Day, treat your partner to a meal at home that is both romantic and reflux friendly.
Your menu should include courses and foods that you do not have on a daily basis. This will help make the meal memorable. This shrimp spread is light but also yummy. Pair it with whole-grain crackers and a small tropical smoothie in a celebratory glass to start your dinner off in a festive mood. Alcoholic drinks are reflux triggers for many, so they should be avoided if possible.
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cleaned, chopped and cooked shrimp
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix cream cheese and mayonnaise until well blended. Add the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 frozen banana
Put liquid in the blender and then add the frozen fruit. Mix until smooth.
If you have reflux, it is a good idea to choose a low-fat, baked and not fried main course. These pork chops spend just enough time in the skillet to brown and make the base of the gravy, but finish off in the oven. A baked potato with blue cheese dressing pairs wonderfully. Finish off the plate with a few spears of roasted asparagus.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry the potatoes. Rub olive oil and salt over the potatoes. Wrap each in aluminum foil. Pierce each potato two to three times with a fork. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. When they are ready, they should feel a little soft when you squeeze them.
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
pinch of salt and pepper
1/3 cup blue cheese crumbled
Blend all ingredients either by hand or in a food processor to make it creamier. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before topping the potato.
Almost any time of the year you can find asparagus in the produce section. In the spring, summer, and fall it comes from the north and then in the winter it comes from warmer climates.
8 stalks of asparagus
1 Tbsp. olive oil
dash of salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (if your potatoes are in the oven, 425 degrees will work also, just watch them more closely). Trim about one inch off the bottoms of the asparagus. Place on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, roll the asparagus over and bake another 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate. Unfortunately, chocolate, because of the caffeine content can be a reflux trigger. Ripe red strawberries also make us think of love. Since white chocolate does not contain caffeine, it can be more reflux friendly than dark or milk chocolate. With this recipe, you can have beautifully dipped strawberries to celebrate the evening.
10 medium-large strawberries
1/2 cup semisweet white chocolate chips or white vanilla baking chips
1 tsp. shortening or vegetable oil
Gently rinse the strawberries and dry completely on paper towels. In a saucepan, melt the white chocolate chips and oil over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Dip the lower half of strawberries into the white chocolate mixture. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate uncovered at least 30 minutes.
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Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., is a freelance health writer and the C.E.O. of Tracy’s Smoothie Place. She serves as the expert on a weekly radio show about health and wellness and is the author of Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux and multiple articles about the cost of caregiving. Learn more about Tracy and what healthy living services and products she can offer on her website. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram @drinksmoothies.