Food Substitutions

IBD patients diets are often restricted to remove irritants from the digestive tract and prevent flaring. However, while these diets are helpful in managing/controlling symptoms, they can be very annoying for the patient. After all, nobody likes walking into a room of food they can’t eat! Below are some substitutions for foods that are often avoided by those with IBD.

***Be sure to check with your doctor before trying any of these substitutions to make sure they are safe for you to eat. 

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Nuts and seeds: Creamy nut butters like peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and sunflower seed butter

Popcorn: Popcorn chips, popcorn flavored rice cakes, corn puffs

Ice cream: Sorbet/sherbet, popsicles

Steak: Ground beef 

Raw vegetables: Steamed, mashed, or pureed vegetables and “green smoothies”

Raw fruits: Mashed, cooked, and pureed fruit, juices/smoothies, fruit bars

Fried food/snacks: Baked chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, baked or toasted bread and other foods (instead of grilled/cooked in oil)

Carbonated drinks: Juice/sports drinks/flavored water

Dairy: Rice/almond/soy milk, cheese, and yogurt

Helpful tips:

  • Bring snacks if you are unsure if you will be able to eat what is being served
  • Don’t eat something if you know it will cause harm to you
  • Talk to your doctor often about what you should and should not be eating
  • Explain your situation to your friends/family so that they are aware and able to accommodate your needspvmp_plan_premium_vegetarian_meal_plan