Crohn's-Friendly Desserts

If you're concerned about having to potentially give up some of your favorite desserts due to your health condition, take a look at these Crohn's-friendly dessert options.

Crohn's-Friendly Desserts

By Crohn's Connect Staff Published at January 9 Views 1,377

One of the hardest things to come to terms with following a diagnosis of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or any other form of inflammatory bowel disease can be the dietary restrictions. For many patients suffering from these ailments, significant changes will be necessary to help keep the illness at bay and make flare-ups as rare as possible.

While it often seems that this process will mean cutting out so many foods that we actually enjoy, it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. In fact, there are a plethora of resources available to help you have a delicious and rewarding diet even after your diagnosis with IBD. If you're concerned about having to potentially give up some of your favorite desserts due to your health condition, take a look at these Crohn's-friendly dessert options:

Fruit sorbet

For those with a penchant for fruit flavors and cold dishes, Health has a phenomenal recipe for pink grapefruit sorbet. All you'll need is 1-½ cups sugar, 1 tablespoon of grapefruit zest, 1-¼ cups fresh grapefruit juice, ¼ cup lemon juice and 1 egg white. Simply combine the sugar with the grapefruit zest and bring these to a boil in 1-¾ cups water. Keep the mixture at a rolling boil until all the sugar has dissolved and then remove it from heat while adding the lemon and grapefruit juices. Next, add the egg white to the mixture and combine all of the ingredients thoroughly. Refrigerate the mixture for 5-6 hours so that it congeals, and then freeze it until the optimum texture is achieved. Voila, you have a wonderful, dairy-free and Crohn's-friendly dessert.

Soy smoothies

Soy smoothies are perfect for a casual dessert, a treat on a hot day or a fantastic addition to your post-workout routine. They're also delicious and simple to make. Everyday Health recommends making one with 2 cups of strawberries, 1 banana, ½ teaspoon of concentrated vanilla extract, 1-½ cups of soy milk and 1-½ tablespoons of honey. Simply combine all of these ingredients in a blender and blend them until they reach your desired consistency. This recipe should make enough for two people to enjoy. These smoothies also require very little clean up beyond washing the blender and cutting board.

Individual preference and reaction

Of course, as you may already know, every IBD patient’s reaction to different foods is going to be different from that of the next person. If you're considering making any major changes or introducing new foods into your diet, pay careful attention to the way that your body reacts to them and talk with your physician or a nutritionist about whether your body is likely to tolerate these items.

For more on eating a Chron's-friendly diet:

What Is a Low-Residue Diet?
Dieting to Ease Crohn's Disease
10 Best Foods for Crohn’s Disease

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