Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Gastroparesis Favorites...

I love watching monthly favorite videos on Youtube. As all of us gastroparesis patients know, each day can be different with our digestive systems; what works today, may not work tomorrow. Our lives are filled with a lot of uncertainty when it comes to food and it can be frustrating at times. I thought I would share some of my favorites that have been working for me over the past month or so.

Tropicana Essentials Probiotic Juice - Peach Passion Fruit

I have always been an avid fruit lover but let's be honest here, most fruits are not "GP friendly". This has a wonderful fruity taste with no added sugar or artificial flavors. Did I mention that there are probiotics in the juice? I have been having trouble digesting my probiotic pill each day so by drinking this, I know that I am getting some amount of probiotics in my system each day.

Gatorade G Series Thirst Quencher - Strawberry Watermelon

I have not always liked the Gatorade taste. Over the years, I feel that my tastes have changed and I have actually grown to love Gatorade. I prefer the Gatorade G2 Series because it has a lower amount of sugar but the G2 Series does not offer a strawberry flavor and strawberry is my favorite flavor. We stumbled across this flavor, Strawberry Watermelon in the grocery store so I thought that I would try it. It was a hit! I love putting a bottle in the freezer, letting it get really cold almost to the point of becoming a slushie and drinking it. I find it to be really refreshing and replenishing after a long day of cleaning out.

Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws - Zesty Ranch

These taste amazing and do not leave me feeling full and bloated after eating them. Over the years as my diet has varied, whenever I would be on a strictly liquid diet, one thing that I always missed was crunchy foods. These Veggie Straws are crunchy and full flavored. I love ranch flavoring so these definitely satisfy my need for something crunchy and savory. They contain no artificial flavors or preservatives, are gluten free and non-GMO. Whenever my toddler asks for these (repeatedly), I feel good about giving them to her for her snack.

Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt - Key Lime Crumble

I saw a commercial advertising this exact flavor. Whenever I saw that there were little white chocolate chips in it, I was sold. I love white chocolate and prefer to eat it over milk or dark chocolate. For those of us white chocolate lovers, foods usually contain milk chocolate so whenever I see something that contains white chocolate, it usually comes home with me. I really enjoy eating Greek yogurt because of the added protein. This product itself has 12 grams of protein. Whenever I eat it, I feel as if I have enjoyed a full size piece of key lime pie but haven't consumed something that had no nutritional benefit.

Spring Baking Championship 2017 on The Food Network

Just because my diet is limited, it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy watching a good baking or cooking show. I love watching the bakers on the Spring Baking Championship create and bake these amazing little desserts with such flavor and detail. They almost look too good to eat.

Food Whore by Jessica Tom

Whenever I was pregnant, I discovered novels that pertained to foods and the restaurant life. I immediately fell in love with this category of books. I came across this book while searching for my next "Food Novel" to read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is a light read but the food descriptions are so intricate and detailed. It was almost as if I was looking at the food myself.

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