My Favorite Low FODMAP Items

Many people ask me… “so what CAN you eat?” Great question from those who are unfamiliar with my diet, but I don’t think they really understand how a question like that can impact someone with dietary restrictions in a negative way. Usually, I just say “plenty of fresh foods” and that ends the conversation without getting too graphic.

However, for those that are on the low FODMAP diet, I often get the question of “what are your favorite low FODMAP items?” That question I am happy to answer with a long list that mirrors my weekly shopping list. I have also provided some information on getting started and sample low FODMAP meals which can be a great way to ease into the diet.

Favorite Low FODMAP Items

You’ll notice that I shop frequently at Trader Joe’s and have come to find some great, low cost, hidden gems. Luckily, Trader Joe’s is located 3 blocks from my apartment, but if you’re not as lucky to have a TJ’s in your area, you can most likely find similar products elsewhere, but they may cost a bit more.

My Favorite Low FODMAP Items:

Breads & Cereals:

Meats & Protein:

  • Fresh or Frozen Chicken
  • Fresh Ground Turkey
  • Fresh Sliced Ham Ensure it doesn’t contain honey.
  • Fresh Sliced Turkey Breast
  • Extra Large Eggs Extra large eggs are better for gluten free baking over medium or large eggs.

Starches & Grains:

  • Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Fusilli. Only $1.99/pound! I use this for all my pasta needs. It’s great in soup.
  • Potatoes I buy them in the 10lb bag.
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice In the freezer section. Heats in the microwave in 3 minutes. 
  • Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown or White Rice Cups Great for a work lunch/snack.
  • Uncle Ben’s Original Long Grain Brown or White Ready Rice
  • Betty Crocker Mashed Potato Buds

Fruits & Vegetables:

  • Fresh Lettuce
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Fresh Baby Carrots
  • Fresh Cucumbers
  • Fresh Red Bell Peppers
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chiles (Canned)
  • Del Monte Petite Diced Tomatoes(Canned)
  • Canned Sliced Black Olives
  • Fresh Chives
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Fresh Cilantro

Sauces & Spices:

Dairy:

Baked Goods & Baking Ingredients:

Salty Snacks:

  • Glutino Gluten Free PretzelsLow FODMAP Products A favorite of mine! Most people don’t even know they’re Gluten Free!
  • Popchips, OriginalLow FODMAP Products  These are ideal in a pinch at an airport or gas station. Trader Joe’s also has a brand that works, too.
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil
  • Trader Joe’s Original Kettle Corn
  • Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Kettle Cooked Potato Chips  Due to the fat content, I limit my servings of this.
  • Crunchmaster Original Gluten Free Multi-Seed CrackersLow FODMAP Products  My go-to cracker with sliced cheese.
  • Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Granola BarsLow FODMAP Products  (Peanut Butter & Almond)  I always have one of these with me. They are delicious and convenient. However, these do contain almonds (fructans). They don’t affect me too much, but if they do to you, avoid them.

Beverages:

Other Food:

Supplements:

  • Heather’s Tummy Tamers Peppermint Oil CapsulesHeather's Tummy Tamers Peppermint Oil Capsules Studies have shown that peppermint soothes cramps and eases abdominal pain within the digestive tract, so I take these before risky meals or when I am not feeling my best.
  • Konsyl Natural Fiber SupplementKonsyl Natural Fiber My doctor suggested this and I saw significant improvement (prior to going on the low FODMAP diet). I take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Nature Made Fish Oil with Omega-3 There’s so many benefits to this supplement and since I am not a big seafood eater, I don’t get fish oil naturally.

Got a product that you think I will like? I would love to hear about it!

Low FODMAP Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed potatoes could easily be my favorite food. It’s why I would look forward to Thanksgiving when I was younger and after I went gluten free, I wasn’t that disappointed during the holiday because I could still have my favorite food at dinner. Again, just another thing that has changed with the low FODMAP diet. Mashed potatoes are usually made with milk and butter, which causes the high lactose content, making it a no-go on the diet.

Luckily, there are a number of lactose-free products that help out in this situation and I can again look forward to Thanksgiving. I may be the only one who eats these for breakfast or as a meal, but this is a food I always have ready in the freezer. Before the low FODMAP diet, I used to add grilled onions and garlic seasoning. While I can’t do that any more due to the fructans, I have substituted chives and asafoetida powder.

Low FODMAP Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Low FODMAP Mashed Potatoes Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 6 Large Potatoes or 8 Medium Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Rice Milk (or any other Lactose Free Milk)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Chives, Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Lactose-Free Butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Gluten Free Asafoetida Powder (Garlic & Onion Replacement)
  • 1/4 Cup Bacon Pieces (optional)

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut Potatoes in 1 inch squares.
  2. Add Potatoes and 1/2 teaspoon Salt to a large saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, cover and let simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until Potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  4. While potatoes are simmering, in a separate pan, warm Milk and melt Butter. Do not bring to a boil.
  5. When the potatoes are cooked, remove from heat and immediately drain potatoes thoroughly in a colander.
  6. Once drained, add Potatoes and warmed Milk and melted Butter to saucepan.
    Mash the Potatoes until well blended.
  7. Add remaining ingredients to pan: 1 teaspoon Salt, Fresh Chives, Fresh Parmesan Cheese, Pepper, Dried Parsley, Asafoetida Powder and Bacon Pieces (if desired).
  8. Mix well and serve.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Notes:

  • When I eat these, I usually add some additional lactose-free butter melted on top.
  • Mashed Potatoes freeze very well. I usually make a very large batch and put them in individual freezer containers. If you do this, omit the bacon pieces until ready to eat. Also, out of the freezer, they will appear to be watery. Once you heat them up to the correct temperature, the consistency will be perfect.

Like this recipe? Let me know what you think and explore more low FODMAP recipes.

Low FODMAP Salsa Recipe

Salsa could easily be my favorite food. There’s something so wonderful about it that seems to bring a crowd together. I’ve never heard anyone say they didn’t like it. It goes with anything and everything.

Store bought salsas always contain onion and/or garlic, which makes them a high FODMAP food. To align with the low FODMAP diet, I created this recipe that I have used very often. It’s delicious, quick and easy, versatile and can be easily modified to fit anyone’s tastes. Plus, tortilla chips are usually a low FODMAP food, so you’ve got an easy snack or party food to take with you.

Low FODMAP Salsa RecipeLow FODMAP Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 14.5 oz Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chiles (Check the ingredients. It’s common for this to contain garlic and/or onion. Trader’s Joe’s has a perfect one. If you can’t find one, diced tomatoes will work, just amp up the spices.)
  • 14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes, Drained (Check the ingredients. It’s common for this to contain garlic and/or onion. I use Del Monte Petite Diced Tomatoes.)
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Infused Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Green Onions, Diced (Green Part Only)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Chives, Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro, Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, Diced (Dried Parsley can be an easy substitute.)
  • 1 Lime (Juice Only. 1 teaspoon of lime juice can be substituted.)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder (Chipotle Pepper or another FODMAP free spice can be substituted.)

Directions:

  • Add Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chiles (including juice) to bowl.
  • Squeeze in the juice of 1 Lime.
  • Stir in all other ingredients.
  • Mix well. Taste to see if any modifications need to be made (my favorite part).
  • The salsa can be served immediately, but the flavors blend a little better if you cover in an air-tight container and refrigerate for 2 or more hours.

Make about 2.5 Cups of salsa.

Notes:

  • This is a very versatile low FODMAP salsa recipe and can be used for a number of things. It goes well on grilled chicken, mixed with rice, over gluten free pasta, on tortilla chips, with tacos, as a marinade, etc.
  • This salsa is a bit zesty, so if you like things a bit more mild, eliminate or limit the Chili Powder.
  • For those who like a hotter salsa, you can add more Chili Powder, Banana Peppers, Jalapenos, Crushed Red Pepper, additional Diced Green Chiles or any other spice that fits your mood.
  • Keeps about a week in the refrigerator.

Like this recipe? Let me know what you think and explore more low FODMAP recipes.

Low FODMAP Marinara Sauce Recipe

Marinara sauce is one of those things that I never thought I would make from scratch. Buying it in a jar or can is so simple, and an activity I take for granted now. Nearly every pasta or pizza sauce on the market contains some form of garlic and/or onion as an ingredient, which doesn’t work on the low FODMAP diet. I came across one marinara sauce that you can buy at the store that doesn’t contain garlic or onion, but at $8 a jar, Raos Homemade Sensitive Formula Marinara Sauce is a tough pill to swallow.

I’ve tried this recipe a number of different ways to finally come up with the final product. It is a bit zesty, so if you don’t like the spices, you can modify them as you wish. Also, this sauce freezes very well, so I usually make a large portion and freeze it in individual servings.

Low FODMAP Marinara Sauce RecipeLow FODMAP Marinara Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 28 oz Can of Tomato Puree (Check the ingredients. It’s common for this to contain garlic and/or onion. I use Muir Glen Organic Tomato Puree.)
  • 14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes, Drained (Check the ingredients. It’s common for this to contain garlic and/or onion. I use Del Monte Petite Diced Tomatoes.)
  • 3 Tablespoons Garlic Infused Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Chives, Diced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Gluten Free Asafoetida Powder (Garlic & Onion Replacement)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  • 1/2 lb Ground Turkey or Ground Beef (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parmesan, Grated (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat Olive Oil in a heavy sauce pan on medium heat.
  2. Add Ground Turkey (if desired) and grill until meat is cooked thoroughly.
  3. Add Tomato Puree and Diced Tomatoes, and stir until well blended.
  4. Stir in Chives, Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Basil, Asafoetida Powder, Parsley and Rosemary and mix well.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.
  6. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for at least 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add Parmesan (if desired). Heat an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve and enjoy or freeze in individual servings.

Notes:

  • This sauce is a bit zesty, so if you like things a bit more mild, eliminate the asafoetida powder and rosemary, as well as limit the other spices.
  • I am not sure of the exact amount that this will serve, but I would estimate 4-8 servings.

Like this recipe? Let me know what you think and explore more low FODMAP recipes.

Low FODMAP Sample Meals

Overwhelmed by the restriction of the diet? I’ve been there. I searched everywhere for examples of meals that I could eat on the low FODMAP diet. Even simple meals, like a salad were scary due to the limitations of store-bought salad dressings.

There’s really a variety of meals you can have with the diet… even pizza! Of course most of your meals will require a little extra prep and you can probably hide the take-out menus for now. I actually made this list for myself and hung it on the refrigerator to see what all my option were for each meal. It’s a good confidence booster to see what you can eat rather than what you can’t.

Low FODMAP Sample Meals

Low FODMAP Breakfast Suggestions:

Low FODMAP Lunch Suggestions:

Low FODMAP Dinner Suggestions:

Low FODMAP Snack Suggestions:

Personally, I eat a lot of salads, which allows me to tailor it to what I want that day. I also tend to snack a lot, which is why it was essential for me to know my go-to packaged foods when in a bind. I also tend to stick to smaller meals, since it’s not only what you eat, but how much. You can also get some insight to what my shopping list looks like with my favorite low FODMAP items.

Overwhelmed? You’re not alone. Here are some tips on getting started with the low FODMAP diet.

Do you have a meal or snack that you love? Let me know and I will add it to the list!

Low FODMAP Pancakes Recipe

Nothings better than waking up to pancakes… already made. Hopefully many Mothers across the US woke up to a breakfast of something similar today on Mother’s Day. When you’re on a restricted diet, like the low FODMAP diet, it’s an even bigger treat to eat something that you didn’t have to cook yourself and know its completely safe for your body.

One of the best low FODMAP and gluten free products on the market is Gluten Free Bisquick. It’s a pantry staple that allows you to have everything from pizza to biscuits. And deliciously fluffy pancakes like the ones I had this morning.

Low FODMAP Pancakes

Low FODMAP Pancakes Recipe:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Stir ingredients until blended
  2. Pour about 1/4 cup onto hot greased griddle.
  3. Cook until edges are dry, and turn.
  4. Serve & Enjoy!

Makes about 10 pancakes.

Notes:

  • Ensure to use 100% pure maple syrup since most regular syrups contain high FODMAP ingredients.
  • You can add peanut butter, fruit or lactose-free chocolate chips to give your low FODMAP pancakes an extra flavor.

Like this recipe? Let me know what you think and explore more low FODMAP recipes.

Low FODMAP Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Ahh… childhood comfort foods. Many of the foods that I grew up loving, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and Tuna Noodle Casserole, are no longer options without severely modifying the recipe.

However, scrambled eggs is one of my comfort foods from childhood. My grandma made them for me whenever I stayed overnight at her house, and she taught me the how to make them so fluffy and delicious. Now that she has passed, I get emotional every time I make them. And luckily, I still can and stay within the guidelines of the low FODMAP diet.

While I have modified the recipe, it still reminds me of Grandma. I don’t use the butter or cream, and I try to use egg whites as much as possible to stay on the healthier side of things. Before the low FODMAP diet, I used to add grilled onions and garlic seasoning. While I can’t do that any more, I have substituted chives and garlic infused olive oil.

Low FODMAP Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Low FODMAP Scrambled Eggs Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs or 1 Whole Egg & 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Infused Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Black Olives, Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Milk (or any other Lactose Free Milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Chives or 2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Parsley

Directions:

  1. On stovetop, grill diced Red Bell Pepper in Olive Oil in a pan.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together Eggs, Black Olives, Milk, Salt, Pepper, Chives, Oregano, Parsley and half of the Shredded Cheese.
  3. When Red Bell Pepper is thoroughly grilled, add egg mixture to pan with the heat on medium
  4. Allow mixture to sit a moment, and then use spatula to continually stir eggs and scape the bottom of the pan.
  5. When all eggs are thoroughly cooked, sprinkle the remaining Shredded Cheese on top.
  6. After cheese has melted, use spatula to move to plate.
  7. Serve & Enjoy!

Perfect portion for 1 serving.

Notes:

  • For a spicier mix, add Diced Jalapenos, Diced Banana Peppers, Diced Green Chilis or Crushed Red Pepper.
  • Garlic Infused Olive Oil is a great addition because it adds the garlic flavor without adding the Fructans.

Like this recipe? Let me know what you think and explore more low FODMAP recipes.

Grandma's Scrambled Eggs

My Grandma and I years ago in the kitchen.

Low FODMAP Brand Name Packaged Foods

I will be the first to admit it… I can be very lazy. So when it comes to having a meal or snack, I want the easiest method possible. Especially when I am dining alone at home. I often turn to packaged foods for dinner or a snack. However, finding these brand name foods can be difficult when you’re adhering to a low FODMAP diet.

Surprisingly, there are a lot of products that will fit into the diet. However, most of these items are merely ingredients. I excluded the safe ingredients and fresh foods because I covered them in the low FODMAP foods to enjoy list. Plus I outlined my favorite low FODMAP items that is a reflection of my weekly grocery list. I wanted to outline the products that are good right out of the package without cooking, assembling or adding anything.

Low FODMAP Brand Name Foods

* Please note that I compiled this list in May of 2013 and ingredients in brand name foods change often. So please, prior to buying, glance at the ingredients to ensure there’s nothing harmful of that would impact you negatively.

I’ve listed all the items that I know of out there, and I’ve marked some of my favorites with some additional details for you in red.

Low FODMAP Brand Name Foods

Breads:

Cereal:

Snacks:

Baked Goods:

Dairy:

Did I miss something? Is something on the list that has a FODMAP ingredient? I have dome my research here, but I am definitely not perfect, so any feedback would be appreciated so I can provide the best information possible.

What are your favorite Low FODMAP Brand Name Foods?

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Low FODMAP Mexican Taco Dip Recipe

It’s Cinco de Mayo and we’re hosting a Mexican Fiesta Party at our place today. I was looking for an easy Mexican recipe that could be used as a taco dip with tortilla chips or wrapped in a soft tortilla shell. To make it convenient to serve while people come and go, I wanted it to be warming constantly in a crock pot. It’s important that it adhere to the low FODMAP diet since 2 our of guests also struggle with IBS. And, of course, it should be delicious for everyone at the party!

While I didn’t find the ideal taco dip recipe anywhere that met the above guidelines, I decided to create my own. I was a little nervous creating something completely new, but it turned out to be amazing and delicious! I got rave reviews on the Mexican Taco Dip and was asked for my recipe multiple times. So, here it is…

Low FODMAP Mexican Taco Dip Recipe

Low FODMAP Crock Pot Mexican Taco Dip Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey (Ground Beef Can be Substituted)
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil (Try Garlic Infused Olive Oil for a Great Flavor)
  • 2 14.5 oz Cans of Diced Tomatoes, Drained (Check the ingredients. It’s common for this to contain garlic and/or onion. I use Del Monte Petite Diced Tomatoes.)
  • 1/2 Cup Black Olives
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Chives
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions:

  1. Dice Red Bell Pepper into small pieces.
  2. On stovetop, grill Ground Turkey and diced Red Bell Pepper in Olive Oil in a pan.
  3. Add Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Paprika, Oregano, Parsley and Cayenne Pepper to pan.
  4. While grilling, dice Cilantro, Chives and Black Olives into small pieces. Set Aside.
  5. When Ground Turkey is cooked thoroughly, move it, the peppers and spices to medium-sized crock pot, turned on high.
  6. Add diced Cilantro, diced Chives, diced Black Olives, Diced Tomatoes and Shredded Cheese to crock pot.
  7. Mix thoroughly and cover crock pot.
  8. Stir sporadically for the next hour and then turn crock pot to low.
  9. Drain any excess oil.
  10. Serve with tortilla chip, corn tortilla shells and/or taco shells.
  11. Continue to stir sporadically throughout the party and after 3-4 hours (or when its gone), turn crock pot off.

Notes:

  • For a spicier mix, add more Cayenne Pepper or add Diced Jalapenos, Diced Banana Peppers, Diced Green Chilis or Crushed Red Pepper.
  • Garlic Infused Olive Oil is a great addition because it adds the garlic flavor without adding the Fructans.
  • I ate mine sprinkled over tortilla chips (like nachos). Yum!

Like this recipe? Let me know what you think and explore more low FODMAP recipes.

Low FODMAP Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe

After being gluten free for two years prior to switching to the low FODMAP diet, I was used to eating salads on a daily basis, which I really enjoyed. When I switched diets, I knew I would no longer be able to enjoy raw onions or garlic seasoning on my salads, but was devastated when I realized by beloved Kraft Zesty Italian Fat Free Salad Dressing would have to be eliminated, as well.

If you’re looking for a salad dressing that doesn’t contain garlic and/or onion, I can save you a lot of time and heartache… there aren’t any. I spent about an hour looking at every salad dressing label in my grocery store and by the last bottle, I was defeated. However, I picked up a bottle of balsamic vinegar and some garlic infused olive oil while at the store and was determined to continue to enjoy salads with my own dressing recipe.

What I discovered was unbelievable… not only was the recipe very simple when I finally perfected it, but it was better than any store bought dressing I have every tried!

FODMAP Free Salad Dressing Recipe

FODMAP Free Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (Try Garlic Infused Olive Oil for an Extra Kick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Chives or 2 teaspoons Fresh Chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar (optional – I don’t use it because I like things a little tart.)

Directions:

  1. Prior to making your salad, put all ingredients into a small tupperware container.
  2. Close tupperware and shake vigorously.
  3. Make salad.
  4. Shake tupperware vigorously.
  5. Pour onto salad.
  6. Enjoy!

Makes enough for 1 large salad or 2 side salads.

Notes:

  • This recipe is approximately 175 calories. If you want to reduce the calories by 55, limit the olive oil to 1/2 Tablespoon and replace it with 1/2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar.
  • When making this FODMAP free dressing, it is best to let it sit for awhile after combining the ingredients to let the spices blend properly. I find it is best when I make it in the morning and take it to work with my salad. Then it has a good 5 hours to blend. However, it is still good after a few minutes.
  • Please feel free to modify as you wish, I like things a little spicy and tart, so if this is not your tastes, please scale back on the spices.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes can be added to give it a little more spice.
  • Not only do I make this as a salad dressing, it is my go-to marinade and sauce.
  • When eating out, I will make this ahead of time and take it with me. It fits perfectly into a purse!
  • This FODMAP free dressing will keep for about 4-5 days in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, you can’t make a bunch and store in the fridge (personal fail) because it will go bad.

Like this recipe? Let me know what you think and explore more low FODMAP recipes.

Salad with FODMAP Free Garlic Balsamic Dressing

Salad with FODMAP Free Garlic Balsamic Dressing