Life with IBD can be difficult, especially when it comes to trying to find a healthy, on-the-go snack. Eating smaller amounts of food more frequently is something that is encouraged, so to avoid flare-ups, those with IBD or digestive sensitivities should pack the right snacks. However, with our busy schedules, taking the time to choose snacks for IBD is something that often does not feel feasible. But fear not — in this blog, we are going to share some of the best on-the-go, packable snacks that you can bring along with you each day.
Great On-The-Go Snacks For IBD
Whether you are craving a snack that is crunchy or smooth, salty or sweet, these IBD friendly snacks will maximize taste and minimize IBD symptoms.
This sweet and easy fruit is a perfect IBD travel snack, no matter what types of symptoms you are experiencing. Bananas are a good source of carbohydrates, which, along with protein and fat, provides energy. Just toss one or two in your backpack or handbag and you’re good to go. For some tasty protein, consider combining with nut butter or yogurt.
A nutritious and higher-calorie IBD snack option, hummus can be an essential snack if you are someone that has difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. Just place a couple tablespoons of hummus into a small container for a tasty, on-the-go snack. What you choose to dip in the hummus is up to you, but if regular crackers cause flares, try vegetables, plain pretzels, or melba toast for easy dipping, whether at work, during a commute, or at home.
Although some people have trouble tolerating gluten, oatmeal is not only a great breakfast option but it is a healthy snack, too. Oats are an incredible source of soluble fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Plus, they can help increase nutrient absorption, helping you stay regular and improving bowel health.
Although oatmeal is not necessarily an on-the-go snack, PURPO, a gluten and dairy free cereal, makes snacking on-the-go simple and hassle-free!
If you tolerate dairy at all, one of the best snacks for IBD is yogurt. The probiotics in plain yogurt help aid digestion; plus, it is a great source of calcium. The potassium in yogurt also can help restore essential electrolytes to the body that may be lost through diarrhea or other symptoms. Plain, nonfat yogurt, especially Greek, is also packed with protein, which is important to eat to maintain muscle mass. However, if you are lactose intolerant, yogurt may make matters worse, so always pay attention to how you react to yogurt. If you choose yogurt, make sure the to choose a product that is low in sugar and contains active bacterial cultures, which help with digestion.
These are just a few of the many snacks for IBD you can bring with you when you’re on the go and tackling your everyday agenda. For easy on-the-go breakfast and snacking, try PURPO. Made by Beviva Foods, PURPO is the first gluten and dairy free cereal, and it's the first granola made with purple sweet potato!
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