Free Webinar: Starting the Low-FODMAP Diet? What You Need to Know

I am thrilled to share that I will host an upcoming webinar, “Starting the Low-FODMAP Diet? What You Need to Know” on Sept. 8th for the New Hope Network NewHope360!

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Paleo, vegan, gluten-free: These food tribes are popular enough that your average person knows what they entail. The low-FODMAP diet is less simple—and less of a permanent lifestyle than its contemporaries.

What foods are safe to eat? Which should be avoided? Who exactly should be giving this diet a try, and how long should they stick to it?

Get answers to these questions (and ask your own) during my free 30-minute expert webinar.

Register here

 Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. MT / 2 p.m. ET

And as an added bonus … 

All Co-op bloggers who register for and attend the webinar will receive a free jar of Classic Almond Butter from Justin’s—one of my fave low-FODMAP treats.

Justin's Classic Almond Butter
Justin’s Classic Almond Butter

Established in 2004 in the home kitchen of health enthusiast Justin Gold, Justin’s supports an on-the-go lifestyle and strives to make a difference everywhere, basing its values on four fundamental pillars: Nourish, Nurture, Inspire and Educate.

Be sure to specify that you’re a Co-op blogger when you register. New Hope will follow up with you after the event to send some samples your way!

Once you register, you’ll receive the information you need to access the webinar in a separate email.   See you there!

REGISTER TODAY

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme
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Check Out These 4th of July Low-FODMAP Tips!

I love the 4th of July!  And if you’re trying out the low-FODMAP diet, you can enjoy the holiday too.  Back in 2014 I wrote a post about how to navigate the low-FODMAP diet and enjoy the 4th of July, and I decided to revisit that post and update it.  Take a look here:

https://fodmaplife.com/2014/07/04/celebrations-parties-fodmap-diet/

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Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

Check Out these 30 Low-FODMAP Breakfast and Brunch Recipes!

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Joana from http://www.mygutfeeling.eu

I have some things in common with my friend Joana over at www.MyGutFeeling.eu.  We both speak Portuguese (although it’s her native language so she’s a bit more proficient!), we both have sensitive guts and IBS, we both feel better due to the low-FODMAP diet changing our lives and we LOVE to cook good food.  I love the array of recipes and the beautiful photos on her blog and if you have any friends that speak Portuguese she has a section about the low-FODMAP diet written in Portuguese and all her recipes are also translated as well.

A couple times now Joana has invited myself and other talented professionals who create recipes and blog about the low-FODMAP diet to take part in a roundup of low-FODMAP recipes.  The most recent roundup included 30 low-FODMAP breakfast and brunch recipes.  There’s a lot of variety, as well as tasty and delicious-looking recipes.  Check them out and start your day symptom free with one of these delicious ‪#‎lowfodmap‬ Breakfast & Brunch recipes! mygf.eu/lowfodmapbreakfastideas

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You can also pin these awesome recipes for later: mygf.eu/lowfodmapbreakfastideaspin

Here’s a picture below of one of my newest recipes which was included in Joana’s list.  It’s from my new book The Everything® Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook.  You can purchase it from these booksellers: Amazon:http://goo.gl/wDxqnO, Barnes & Noble: goo.gl/Z8W2e5, Indiebound: goo.gl/VtWxW9 and Target: http://goo.gl/b5kHfA. Publisher: F+W Media.

 

Low-FODMAP Overnight Banana Chocolate Oats from The Everything® Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook. Photo Kelly Jaggers. Publisher: F+W Media.
Low-FODMAP Overnight Banana Chocolate Oats from The Everything® Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook. Photo Kelly Jaggers. Publisher: F+W Media.

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

 

 

New Recipe – Amy and Brian Coconut Water Infused with Low-FODMAP Fruit

I love working with different foods and drinks, especially when I can get creative and make new recipes.

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Take a look at these beautiful coconut waters (above) in mason jars, infused with low-FODMAP fruits (and a little gin in one!).

Recently I had the pleasure of getting creative in the kitchen with two of my favorite foods – fruit and coconut water, namely coconut water by the brand Amy & Brian Coconut Water (if you missed my first recipe, you can check it out here- Review and Recipe : Amy and Brian’s Coconut Water and Low-FODMAP Coconut Cream Papaya Popsicles).

I made recipes for three fruit-infused coconut waters, one spiked with gin (low-FODMAP).    The virgin recipes were so fun and easy to make, colorful and great for when you want to drink something other than water.  The gin recipe (at far right) is great for a hot day or also makes a beautiful presentation for your next party.

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Coconut water is low in FODMAPs (packaged or fresh) at 100ml.  That gives you room to drink coconut water as is or experiment and use it in smoothies, desserts, in stir fry, soups, dressings and more.  Gin is low in FODMAPs and a suggested serving is 30 ml (29 grams).  *See my note about alcohol below.

Low-FODMAP Fruit-Infused Coconut Water (with gin)

  • 1 small mason jar
  • 4 thin slices of kiwi
  • ½ large strawberry, quartered
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 3 ounces Amy & Brian Coconut Water with Lime
  • 2 ounces filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Directions  

  1. Layer in all slices of kiwi to mason jar.  Add in strawberry.
  2. Pour in gin, coconut water and lime juice.
  3. Close jar with lid and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours before enjoying.

 

And for the virgins…I used the same recipe above, minus the gin and used these low-FODMAP servings of fruit

Kiwi -Pineapple: 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple with two slices of kiwi and a pinch of cinnamon

Strawberry- Blueberry: 2 medium strawberries, chopped and 10 blueberries

ENJOY!

*Please remember alcohol is a gut irritant and the suggested serving is one serving for women and up to two for men.  Consider limiting alcohol when on the low-FODMAP diet so you can keep your gut calm and more accurately pinpoint your potential IBS triggers.

 

My new book The Everything® Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook is available for pre-order now!  Get your copy from Amazon: http://goo.gl/wDxqnO, Barnes & Noble: goo.gl/Z8W2e5, Indiebound: goo.gl/VtWxW9 and Target: http://goo.gl/b5kHfA. Publisher: F+W Media. Publish Date: May 6, 2016

The Everything Low FODMAP Diet Cookbook

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

Low-FODMAP Turkey Vegetable Pasta Recipe

If you lead a busy life like me, chances are you want recipes that are quick and easy to make but also taste delicious.  On the low-FODMAP diet you can eat well, make tasty meals and still have time to do things around the house, prepare for the next day or maybe just have time enough to pet your cat and catch an episode of Downton Abbey (if only every night I could watch my favorite series!).

 

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Low-FODMAP Turkey and Vegetable Pasta

You can always change up this recipe by using different low-FODMAP herbs, vegetables, cheese or ground chicken.  This dish is also great to bring to work the next day for lunch and kids like it too.

Serves 4

  • 8 oz. gluten-free brown rice spiral pasta
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon safflower or sunflower oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli florets (1/4 cup per person is low in FODMAPs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 12 oz. package of lean ground turkey meat
  • 1 medium zucchini, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook gluten-free pasta according to directions on box.  Drain pasta, stir in black pepper and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, use a medium sized skillet and heat 1 tablespoon oil.  Once heated, add carrots, broccoli and oregano and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.  Then add turkey meat and brown on all sides.  Add in zucchini, and continue to stir all ingredients.  Once zucchini is tender, add in spinach and combine with ingredients until just wilted.  Add in pasta and stir well to combine.
  3. Transfer pasta to bowls and top with cheese.

 

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

Valentine’s Day Low-FODMAP Sirloin Tip Roast

Red meat isn’t something I eat on a regular basis; it’s never been a food that I’ve craved often.  I am more into chicken and turkey or any kind of seafood.  I think it’s due to the fact that lean meats and fish have just been historically good to my gut.  With that said I don’t consider myself really good at cooking red meat, though I am making an effort because I am after all, married to someone who’s culture is largely made up of meat-eating happy dancing people…can you guess the country?  One hint – they dance the samba :).

Valentine’s Day always makes me think of steak and red wine.  I’m not sure why.  Could it be from all the advertisements growing up or what I’ve seen in the movies?  That romance means dining at steakhouses?  Italian food also makes me think of romance.  My husband were both on solo trips when we met in Rome and we had a very romantic affair with food and wine – we drank tons of red wine and enjoyed tons of Tajarini Al Tartufo and nutella.  Ahhh the days before my low-FODMAP Life!

Wondering what low-FODMAP foods you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day?  Take a look at my tips from last year

So in the spirit of our LOVE holiday coming up, I created and tested my recipe for Low-FODMAP Sirloin Tip Roast with some zucchini and tomato quinoa (recipe below) and my husband and I enjoyed a little Cabernet Sauvignon from my friend Bridget who is a Certified Sommelier and currently working towards her Advanced Sommelier exam (lots and lots of nerdy wine knowledge and tasting needed).  Side story – I met Bridget while working at a wine shop in San Diego.  One day while stacking bottles we managed to figure out that we had both once lived in Boston, in the same exact areas, on the same street and in the exact same apartment but lived there at different times!  We’ve had many other things in common since then (like buying the same exact pair of purple heels  – how many times will you buy purple shoes in your life?) and Swanson Vineyards is one of them.  It’s probably one of her favorite vineyards and it’s the location my husband chose to ask me to marry him – on her birthday no less.  My husband didn’t plan where he was going to ask me to marry him, it was just that everything at Swanson was perfect.  I had tried some wines before actually visiting Swanson but the experience being there was ethereal.  Imagine sitting underneath swaying maple trees next to a french-looking barn with an all-women staff walking around in long bohemian dresses, filling glasses and placing chocolate on your table.  You can smell and see pink roses peaking around the corners of the barn and a man with a raspy voice playing an old instrument and singing in French (we were told later he was the voice for the French car in the movie Cars).

If you are making a trip to Napa definitely go and see Swanson but call ahead for a tasting reservation.  Also I need to note that Vosges is one of my top favorite chocolate brands (from Chicago) and they make the Alexis bonbons offered at Swanson – grab a box of those too!

Low-FODMAP Sirloin Tip Roast and Zucchini Tomato Quinoa

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, and thyme. Stir in olive oil, and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Place roast on prepared baking sheet, and spread herb and spice mixture on all sides using a spoon.
  4. Roast 1 hour in preheated oven, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of meat registers 145°F. Let sit 15 minutes before slicing into long thin slices.
  5. Meanwhile while roast is in oven, prepare quinoa.  Place quinoa in a pot with 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil then turn heat to low and cover.  Peel and cut up zucchini into small chunks.  Add to pot along with tomatoes and olive oil.  Cook for 10-15 minutes or until quinoa is tender.  Serve with a cabernet sauvignon or a pinot noir and enjoy some dark chocolate (5 squares or 30 grams) for dessert!  Enjoy lovers!!

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

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Low-FODMAP Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

low fodmap chocolate peanut butter truffles4It’s been raining in California lately and I love it.  Looking out the window I can’t help but remember rainy lazy days in New York, the rain spattering off the deck and weighing down the leaves in our big back yard on Long Island.  Rain barely falls here in California, and when it does it symbolizes a sort of calm to me – maybe it’s just nostalgia or the sound and smell of rain is just calming in of itself.  Rainy days like these are also a great time to to make desserts if I may say so myself.  What’s your favorite dish to cook on a rainy day?

Today I had a lot of fun making these Low-FODMAP Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels. They are made with just three ingredients – natural peanut butter, dark chocolate and gluten-free pretzels – that’s it!  They don’t take long to make, but better, they are lower in sugar than many other holiday desserts.  They are both salty and sweet and are made with dark chocolate, which is low in FODMAPs and dairy free.  Low-FODMAP diet or not, dark chocolate is always a better choice.  Remember to stick to dark chocolate that is low in fiber, does not contain milk or milk products (most dark chocolate do not by default), inulin, dried fruits or other high-FODMAPs like HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), agave or honey.

Here are some more recent holiday recipes I’ve shared:

Empty cookbook for Christmas recipes on wooden tableIngredients

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy is best)
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free pretzels
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Lay a piece of parchment paper across a cookie sheet or large, flat plate.
  2. Place pretzels in a bowl and crush with a meat tenderizer, other heavy kitchen utensil or crush gently in between palms.
  3. Combine peanut butter and pretzels in bowl.  Remove about a teaspoon at a time of peanut butter pretzel mixture and form into little balls.  Place on cookie sheet or plate in freezer and cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Just before removing peanut butter balls from freezer, melt chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup for 45 seconds to 1:30.  Be careful to not overheat.  Chocolate is ready when you can smoothly stir it with a spoon.
  5. Use a tablespoon and dip into melted chocolate.  Roll peanut butter pretzel balls on spoon to coat and place on cookie sheet.  Once done with all balls, drip any extra chocolate over balls and swirl around tops with spoon.  Chill for at least 30 minutes then serve.

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Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

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