Zoodles. Zucchini Boats. Zucchini lasagna. You name it, zucchini can do it. This latest food fad is taking over the gluten-free world as an amazing pasta substitute option. Zucchini is also a nutritional powerhouse. High in Vitamins A & C, this veggie supports eye, teeth and bone health, is an anti-inflammatory and immunity builder. It also has a slew of other minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and even omega-3’s. Sounds like the perfect food, right? Well, (as always) with Crohn’s, things aren’t quite that simple. Sure, baked zucchini chips or zucchini noodles might sound like a healthier option, but as we know, high fiber foods are oftentimes not our friends. Some people find that removing the skin and seeds can be helpful, as well as thoroughly cooking them. But we know that everyone with Crohn’s reacts to foods differently. So we want to know, is zucchini your friend or a foe with Crohn’s?
- How do you tolerate Zucchini with Crohn’s?
- Do you tolerate it differently based on it’s cooking method? (Can you handle it in slow cooker stews? Roasted? Fried? Raw?)
- Do you find it easier to digest if you remove the skin or seeds when cooking Zucchini?
- If you can tolerate Zucchini, what is your favorite Crohn’s friendly recipe?
* PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS MERELY AN OPINION BLOG. THE RESEARCH AND INFORMATION COVERED IN THIS BLOG IS OPEN TO PUBLIC DOMAIN FOR DISCUSSION. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY FORMAL MEDICAL BACKGROUND. WE SIMPLY WANT TO SHARE AND DISCUSS FOODS FOR THOSE WITH CROHN’S DISEASE. BECAUSE PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM CROHN’S DISEASE TOLERATE A VARIETY OF FOODS DIFFERENTLY, RECIPES OFTEN NEED SPECIFIC ALTERATIONS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL. GET CREATIVE! LEAVE OUT THE FOODS THAT DON’T WORK FOR YOU AND USE THE FOODS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. HAPPY COOKING!!