The “IBS-Free At Last!” book by Patsy Catsos
As someone that suffered from IBS, I am extra sympathetic for children that have problems from IBS. I want to share an article that may help some of you trendy moms out there. We also have a giveaway for a copy of a book by registered dietician, Patsy Catsos!
Probiotic with Easy-to-Make IBS-Friendly Snacks and Meals
It’s no picnic when your child has abdominal discomfort, gas/bloating and occasional diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Unfortunately, these common ailments for many children, and adults, can cause family anxiety, frustration and preoccupation at meal time. There is hope, however -- new VSL#3® JUNIOR, a watermelon-flavored, high-potency probiotic medical food aids in the dietary management of IBS and is clinically proven to reduce abdominal discomfort and bloating from IBS in children ages 2 to 12. All natural VSL#3 JUNIOR is gluten free, Kosher and Halal certified.
“While there is no known cause or cure for IBS, incorporating a probiotic medical food like VSL#3 JUNIOR into your child’s diet along with learning what foods trigger the uncomfortable symptoms, can prove very beneficial,” explains Patsy Catsos, registered dietitian and author of IBS! Free At Last! “When trying to figure out a child's IBS food triggers, begin by discreetly keeping a food and symptom journal for at least two weeks. Include portion sizes and timing of meals and symptoms,” adds Catsos. The information you gather is very useful. To help parents outsmart IBS at meal time, Catsos offers a few of her favorite, healthy, easy-to-make, IBS-friendly recipes that are sure to please the pickiest of eaters. For complete recipes and instructions, visit www.vsl3.com/ibsfriendlyrecipes.
- Muscle Builder's Banana and Cottage Cheese Pancakes: These make a special breakfast, served steaming hot! Keep them IBS-friendly by serving them with 100% pure maple syrup instead of pancake syrup, and if necessary, lactose-free cottage cheese.
- Maple Pink Lemonade: It won’t be hard to introduce VSL#3 JUNIOR into your child’s diet by mixing it into this tart-sweet thirst quencher drink with freshly-squeezed lemon juice, pure maple syrup, raspberries (fresh or frozen), ice and mint leaves. The pleasant tasting, watermelon-flavored, high-potency probiotic medical food, is clinically proven to reduce discomfort and bloating of IBS in children.
- Baby Spinach Quesadillas: This is an IBS-friendly version of a perennial favorite because it uses corn tortillas instead of wheat to complete this classic with a twist that’s still downright delicious. Macaroni and Cheese: Mac n’ cheese is a classic comfort food straight from mom’s oven and making it IBS-friendly is easy by using lactose-free milk, cheddar cheese and corn macaroni instead of wheat.
- Grilled Chicken with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce: Everything’s better with peanut butter on it! This tasty version of an Asian classic is IBS-friendly because it doesn’t rely on onions or garlic for its zippy taste.
- Deviled Eggs: Whip up a batch of this old-fashioned treat that still tastes as good as ever and inexpensive too!
- Magic Peanut Butter Cookies: These are easy and delicious no-flour cookies. Kids with IBS sometimes do better if we down-play the wheat in their diets, advises Catsos.
- Comforting Chocolate Pudding: Puddings are delicious, comforting, and easily made IBS-friendly with lactose-free milk for older children and teens that are lactose intolerant.
- Coconut Granola Bars: This nutritious granola bar holds up well to travel in a lunch box or backpack. The ground chia seeds are a gentle source of fiber and boost the protein content of these bars, too.
Do you have any tips to help those suffering from IBS?
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