The holidays are a special time to catch up with family and relax from work. This season is meant to be spent having fun, enjoying some time off, and being grateful.
However, when you have Crohn’s disease, the stress of attending family gatherings centered around food can be extremely stressful.
There are a couple of ways to mitigate this stress before it even starts.
- Are you able to host? By having your family at your own house, you can control the main entrées and even delegate what sides and desserts your relatives can bring to help out. You can ask them to leave out certain ingredients that are a problem for you, or just enjoy the dishes you make yourself, knowing they won’t be a problem.
- If you aren’t able to host, tell the person who’s hosting that you’d like to bring a few dishes. You now have control of what goes into the food you make and will have safe options to eat.
- When traveling, it’s always best to be overprepared. Bring lots of travel snacks like bars, nut butters, fruit, crackers, or any easily portable snack that fits within your diet.
While tolerance of certain foods varies for different individuals living with Crohn’s, there are certain gourmet delights that are generally safer than others. The following recipes are great options for someone with Crohn’s disease during the festive months of the year.
From turkey with gravy and stuffing to maple-glazed acorn squash and paleo desserts, indulge in these gluten-free, nut-free, and even fuss-free versions of holiday favorites!
Louisiana garlic stuffed beef roast
Find the full recipe on A Sprinkling of Cayenne.
Maple-cinnamon glazed acorn squash and Brussels sprouts with bacon
Find the full recipe on The Roasted Root.
Whole30 mashed potatoes
Find the full recipe on Perchance to Cook.
Pumpkin pie truffles
Find the full recipe on The Real Food Dietitians.
No-bake paleo molasses cookies
Find the full recipe on Evolving Table.
And for even more Crohn’s-friendly holiday recipe, check out these recipes:
- Best Ever Brined Turkey and Gluten-Free Gravy by Gutsy by Nature
- Cranberry Chicken Stuffed Squash by Fresh Planet Flavor
- Gluten-Free Stuffing by The Gluten Free Homestead
- Nut-Free Sweet Potato Casserole by Nutrition to Fit
- Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Cookie Cups by Paleo Running Momma
Alexa Federico is a Boston-based health and food blogger who focuses on gluten-free, paleo recipes and health tips for those with IBD and other autoimmune diseases. She’s a future nutritional therapy practitioner and AIP certified coach who’s motivated to guide people back to health by adjusting their diet and lifestyle choices. You can learn more about Alexa’s recipes, tips, and future health services on her blog, Girl in Healing, and follow along with her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.