The Internet is full of gift giving guides for cooks and foodies, but rarely do these consider the cook or foodie with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis.
Here are some fun food-related gift ideas for you or your loved ones with delicate guts.
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Eating out is tough for someone with GI issues. Make it easier by giving your loved one a small, single-container food thermos. Scott uses a children’s lunch thermos (12 oz), which allows him to enjoy safe, tasty, and homemade meals on-the-go.
High Power Blender
A must-have kitchen appliance for people with gastrointestinal issues, especially for those on a low-fiber diet. A high-powered blender is one of the fastest and most effective ways to make pureed soups, smoothies, sauces, and more. We love the Vitamix, partly because it’s super easy to clean, but the Ninja and Blendtec are excellent.
The Women’s Health Big Book of Smoothies and Soups
Smoothies and soups are easy ways for everyone, including people with active IBD, to eat more fruits and vegetables. With over 100 recipes, your friend will surely find some new favorites.
Travel Mug for Hot or Cold Beverages
Hydration should be a top priority, especially for people with gastrointestinal issues. A spill-proof travel mug is an excellent way to transport both hot and cold beverages. Scott’s obsessed with his Zojirishi water bottle because it keeps liquids hot or cold, doesn’t leak, opens easily, locks, and looks cool. Plus, it’s lightweight compared to other popular water bottles. As someone with IBD who experiences back pain, weight matters. Another popular, though heavier, option is The Yeti Rambler.
A spiralizer is a fun and inexpensive tool that makes “pasta” out of vegetables. This is an excellent gift for someone who wants to eat more vegetables in 2020.
FODY Intro Pack (low FODMAP)
The low FODMAP diet has helped people around the world manage their gastrointestinal symptoms, but many of them will tell you it’s not always easy. A low FODMAP diet eliminates onions and garlic, so a lot of foods are off limits. FODY Foods, a low FODMAP food company, sells FODMAP friendly sauces, marinades, oils and other goodies for the low FODMAP follower. Consider giving the FODY Intro Pack this holiday season. The pack includes pasta sauces, salsa, BBQ sauce, and Dark Chocolate, Nuts, & Sea Salt Bars.
Daily Harvest Gift Card
Daily Harvest is a meal delivery service with over 20 “fruit-forward, rich and decadent, or packed with super greens” smoothie options. Not sure what to order? Registered Dietitian, Ryan Warren, swears by the Mint Cacao and Chocolate Blueberry.