Easy-to-digest, tasty smoothies
October 9, 2013 11:44 AM Subscribe
My wife seems to be on the leading edge of a particularly intense Crohn's disease flare-up, and is trying to manage it in part by drinking more of her meals. In order to keep this palatable and painless for her, I'm trying to put together a menu of smoothies and suchlike that will be filling, reasonably nutritious and digestion-friendly. Difficulty level: no dairy or fresh vegetables.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish to food & drink (17 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
In general, milk, uncooked vegetables and high-fiber fruits - for instance fresh strawberries - are triggers for the Crohn's and thus right out. Almond milk is fine as a base, pure vegetable juice, as well as veggies that have been cooked into mushiness, are OK (carrots are a particular favorite). Sadly, I have no firsthand experience on combining these things into a drink, so I'm turning to the hivemind for recipes.
In particular, I'm a bit stumped on how to thicken the mixture when using thin ingredients. Bananas do the trick, vegetable puree would probably work too, but I don't want to shoehorn one or the other into every recipe, and the go-to flavor-neutral thickener seems to be unflavored yogurt.
I'm trying to keep enough options on hand that breakfast won't get monotonous; I've worked out through trial and error a good banana-chocolate-cinnamon mixture, and there are requests for (a) something with peanut butter; and (b) a vegetable-juice-based drink that's slightly spicy. For that last one I'm picturing V8 blended with boiled-to-death carrots to thicken it, but that may not work as well as I'm picturing.
Thanks for any help people can offer.