The holiday season is synonymous with rich, fatty foods — which can make you feel like a Grinch if you have Crohn’s disease. Luckily, these holiday recipes are Crohn’s-friendly — they are low in fat and fiber, while still being festive. Just look out for any ingredients that you know can trigger your Crohn’s symptoms.
Sparkling Garnet Punch
This alcohol-free holiday punch includes cranberry juice, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. The punch gets its rich taste from nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves; if needed, go easy on the spices.
Egg Thread Soup With Asparagus
The eggs in this warming winter soup are a great source of easily digested protein; in fact, eggs are an important part of most Crohn’s diets. If you have trouble digesting asparagus, you can make this soup with just the asparagus tips or omit them altogether.
Ham With Holiday Sauce
Simple baked ham is a classic holiday food that’s also good for a Crohn’s diet. Serve the sauce, which features cooked blueberries and apricot preserves, on the side so you can spoon on what you want if blueberries bother you.
A hearty winter pot roast is an easy way to eat your vegetables when you have Crohn’s — the potatoes, carrots, and onions are baked along with the chuck roast, making them tender and juicy. Cooking this dish well will also help make the vegetables and meat more tolerable.
This earthy gravy is the perfect complement to your holiday meat dishes. Leave the mushroom pieces in for a chunky-style sauce, or strain them out for a smoother consistency.
Pureed Roasted Winter Squash
Take advantage of the season’s bounty with this seasonal squash. Since it’s slow-roasted and then pureed, this holiday recipe is extra easy on your stomach.
Baked Fruit Ambrosia
Although raw fruit can be tough to digest with Crohn’s disease, the baked fruit in this recipe isn’t. Omit the orange peel and raspberries to keep this dish sweet for your taste buds and your tummy.
Biscotti, a twice-baked Italian cookie, is a popular holiday treat. It’s also low in fiber and doesn’t contain any dairy, so it’s Crohn’s-friendly. These tasty “two-tone” biscotti have one end dipped in chocolate. But you may need to leave out the hazelnuts, especially if you’re experiencing a Crohn’s flare.