Many people think that if you must follow a restricted diet you will never be able to indulge again, but that is simply not true. There are many delicious foods that do not cause any problems for people on a restricted diet such as the low-FODMAP diet followed by many with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). For me, removing gluten from my diet, eliminated most of my symptoms. My doctor recommended that I also take a potent probiotic to help reduce any lingering symptoms of IBS.
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with IBS, you will need to go through a process of elimination to discover which foods trigger your symptoms. After you find your triggers, you can have fun creating recipes with all the tasty foods that do not cause problems for you. To make it easier Patsy Catsos, a registered dietitian who focuses on GI issues, partnered with VSL#3 and created a collection of IBS-friendly recipes that the whole family can enjoy.
The holiday parties can be a little more difficult to navigate when you are trying to avoid certain foods. One option is to offer to bring something that is safe for you to eat. Another option is to educate yourself on what ingredients are commonly contained in holiday recipes. I know that most of the holiday candies are naturally gluten-free, so I skip the Christmas cookies and enjoy a piece of homemade candy instead.
Not only is this peanut brittle recipe naturally gluten-free, it is also quick and easy to make. It cooks in the microwave in 8 minutes, with a little bit of stirring in between cooking. If you cool the peanut brittle in the refrigerator, you can make this recipe start to finish in 20 minutes. Even better, you don’t need a candy thermometer!
Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cups oil-roasted salted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Stir together sugar and corn syrup in a 1 quart microwave safe container. (A bowl or extra-large measuring cup with a handle would be ideal for safe handling.)
- Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Mixture will be extremely hot. Stir in peanuts and microwave on high for 3 more minutes. Add butter and vanilla, blending well. Microwave on high for 1 minute more. Add baking soda and stir until foaminess begins to die down, about 25 strokes.
- Carefully pour the hot mixture onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Use a silicone spatula to empty the bowl and spread the candy out. Cool completely. Break into large pieces and store in an airtight container.
The peanut brittle gets very hot while cooking in the microwave, so I didn’t let my 8 year old help me with it. To keep him busy, I allowed him to use the IBS-Friendly Recipe Cards that VSL#3 sent me, along with stickers, and a scrapbook to make his own cookbook. You can find more IBS-friendly recipes here.
More Information About VSL#3
- VSL#3 is a proprietary formulation of a mix of 8 strains of live lactic acid bacteria, making it one of the few probiotics with this many strains.
- VSL#3 is at least 10 times more potent than the average probiotic.
- VSL#3 products must be refrigerated to maintain potency, are gluten-free, Kosher and Halal certified.
- VSL#3 differs from other probiotics in that it is a medical food, not a supplement, and therefore must be used under medical supervision.
- VSL#3 can colonize the gastrointestinal tract with beneficial bacteria, reduce gas and bloating from IBS and maintain remission in UC or an ileal pouch.
- About 75% of IBS sufferers get relief from symptoms with a low-FODMAP diet*. Check out this YouTube video packed with helpful information about IBS & UC.
*Harris Poll conducted the GI Issues Survey on behalf of VSL#3. The survey was administered online within the United States between April 1 – 7, 2015 among 607 adult’s ages 18+ who have been diagnosed with a digestive or gastrointestinal condition, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, ileal pouch (“sufferers”).
VSL#3® products must be refrigerated to maintain potency. It is available at your local pharmacy. Please ask your pharmacist for VSL#3 as it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator. For more information on VSL#3 please visit www.vsl3.com and use the code “DOCTOR” at checkout for $5.00 off your next purchase.
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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3® is a high-potency probiotic medical food for the dietary management of IBS, UC and ileal pouch and must be used under medical supervision. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.