Palate Pleasing IBS-Friendly Recipes & More #VSL3KnowtheDifference
Do you or someone you know have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
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If you answered yes above (and even if you didn’t) we want to share some recipes with you and some information on th probiotic VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven in the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC) and ileal pouch. It’s important for all of us whether we have IBS or not to know the importance of making healthy diet choices and a big part of that is knowing what we’re eating.
For those with IBS something as simple as knowing which ingredients in your hot chocolate are IBS-friendly is very important. This Italian hot chocolate picture below is easy to make, rich in flavor and you got it IBS friendly. Read on to find out the ingredients in the Italian hot chocolate and to find out more about VSL#3.
We were sent the IBS-friendly recipes book created by medical nutrition therapist and registered dietitian, Patsy Catsos. While no one in my family has IBS I remember my aunt a close friend of my mom who did have IBS and the challenges she faced. My mother had diabetes and her and my aunt would support each other when the other was ill, helping each other cook meals and more. I wish we had known about recipes like this for my aunt and had the probiotic VSL#3 as it is at least 10 times more potent than the average probiotic.
If you’ve been following Powered by Mom for a while you know that I feel probiotics are an important part of our overall health and this is even more true for people with IBS. VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven in the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC) and ileal pouch. VSL#3 products must be refrigerated to maintain potency, are gluten-free, Kosher and Halal certified.
I did not know until recently that IBS, is so common that it effects up to 1 in 5 Americans, including 15% of children, wow that is a lot of people. It’s so important for all of us to make sure we take care of ourselves and we can start with some IBS friendly recipes that are also tasty! Below is the cook book I mentioned earlier along with some recipe cards from the book and let me tell you they all look yummy.
For example the Italian hot chocolate that was easy to make and most likely better for those with IBS than using a store bought hot chocolate mix with who knows what’s in it. So here’s the super simple Italian Hot Chocolate recipe:
- 3 tablespoons granulate sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups low fat milk
- Heat Milk and add in the ingredients to mix and serve.
Now you might be wondering why cornstarch? I know that was my first thought. Well according to the cookbook the cornstarch makes it thicker and creamier than regular hot chocolate. I can say that it was a creamy hot chocolate and I enjoyed it thoroughly!
Here’s a picture of some of the ingredients, I don’t have the salt or vanilla in the picture but you get the idea 🙂
I also want to try the Chocolate Macaroons because, well, chocolate and coconut is heaven to me and again this recipe looks so simple. So I’ve put that in my recipe book!
A few more facts on IBS:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a serious GI issue that affects the large intestine (colon) and commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation; there is no cure or known cause for IBS.
- About 75% of IBS sufferers get relief from symptoms with a low-FODMAP diet
- Up to 20% of U.S. adults have IBS symptoms. More women than men are diagnosed with IBS but many never seek medical help for it.
- IBS symptoms first appear before the age of 35 for about half of IBS sufferers and are often diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 50.
- Not only do children with IBS have to deal with abdominal discomfort and bloating, often times this chronic condition can result in the disruption of social/family activities.
- IBS is thought to affect about 15% of children and teenagers after the age of 5 or 6. The peak period of onset is between the ages of 8 and 14.
I think we can all agree if you can get any help with your IBS then you should take it, and it looks like VSL# can help. Right now there is also a $5 off coupon if you wish to purchase it. You can GO HERE to find out more just use coupon code: DOCTOR at checkout. You can also use the pharmacy locator there to find your nearest VSL#3 location. Just keep in mind that it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator. *It is suggested that adults should take at least one billion cells (also called colony-forming units or CFU’s) daily. VSL#3 has at least 112.5 billion CFU’s. VSL#3® is a high-potency probiotic medical food that’s clinically proven in the dietary management of IBS, ulcerative colitis, and ileal pouch. To learn more visit www.vsl3.com and LIKE the brand on Facebook.
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*Harris Poll conducted the GI Issues Survey on behalf of VSL#3. The survey was administered online within the United States between April 1 – 7, 2015 among 607 adult’s ages 18+ who have been diagnosed with a digestive or gastrointestinal condition, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, ileal pouch (“sufferers”).
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3® is a high-potency probiotic medical food for the dietary management of IBS, UC and ileal pouch and must be used under medical supervision. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.