Ever feel like you hit the jackpot when you unexpectedly find a treat that may work with your Crohn’s for multiple reasons? Well these little Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Bites by Cooking Light, just may be a big winner for you. Here is why we like them:
(*Can’t tolerate raw blueberries? See Crohn’s Alterations Below.)
For One, They Are Straight Up Delicious. When you are feeling deprived due to “whatever” dietary restrictions you may have, these bites can be used as a snack, dessert or breakfast and are refreshingly satisfying. But They Are More Than Just “Tasty”…
They are a superfood. Why? Because something magical happens when you combine blueberries with a probiotic. Although blueberries and Greek Yogurt have many health benefits on their own, together, these ingredients react to reduce intestinal inflammation by getting rid of bad bacteria in the gut while simultaneously increasing healthy good bacteria. When combining blueberries with Greek Yogurt, the probiotic helps the intestines absorb the fiber and nutrients of the blueberries, while also increasing a mucus layer in the gut, which can help reduce bowel inflammation and infection.
Nutrients. Blueberries are often noted as having the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits. What does this mean? For starters, health benefits range in everything from improving brain function and memory to combating brain fog (commonly associated with Crohn’s.) Blueberries also help fight cancer and aging by strengthening DNA, and provide a boost of Vitamin C (helping your immunity) and Vitamin K (which many people with Crohn’s may lack due to dietary restrictions.) Greek Yogurt is high in Vitamin B 12, which helps with fatigue, muscle aches and joint pain. These little bites provide a powerful boost of much needed nutrients.
Digestion. Blueberries contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps aid digestion when dealing with both diarrhea and constipation. Additionally, Greek Yogurt is low in lactose, which some people digest more easily than regular dairy.
Learn More About the Benefits of Combining Blueberries and Probiotics. Source Mercola.com
*Please note: Some individuals with Crohn’s may have a difficult time tolerating blueberries due to their skins and/or small seeds. Please see Crohn’s Alterations below.
HERE IS THE SUPER SIMPLE RECIPE FROM COOKING LIGHT FOR FROZEN YOGURT BLUEBERRY BITES:
POSSIBLE CROHN’S ALTERATIONS:
Everyone with Crohn’s tolerates foods differently. If you worry that these bites may be difficult for you to digest, here are a few alternative ideas.
MAKE BLUEBERRY YOGURT POPSICLES:
- For the same health benefits, simply puree the blueberries and Greek Yogurt together in a blender until smooth.
- Pour mixture through straining sieve.
- Place puree in ice cube trays or popsicle molds and freeze.
FOR EVEN EASIER DIGESTION, MAKE A BLUEBERRY SAUCE:
- Pour blueberries into a saucepan with a bit of water.
- Cook blueberries on Medium-Low, until the blueberries soften and begin to breakdown.
- Place cooked blueberries in a blender, and blend until smooth.
- Pour sauce mixture through straining sieve.
- Pour strained blueberries into small ice trays, or pour sauce in one large baking dish.
- Dump out frozen blueberry sauce from ice tray onto a plate (or scoop out bite size pieces with a small spoon from baking dish.)
- Using a toothpick, pierce the blueberries individually, and dip the frozen blueberry sauce bites into a bowl of Greek Yogurt.
- Remove from toothpick, and Place individually covered bites on wax paper.
- Place in freezer for 30 minutes or more, until yogurt is frozen.
BLUEBERRIES JUST DON’T WORK FOR YOU?
- Select a fruit that you tolerate with your Crohn’s (Mangos, Papayas, Apples.)
- Remove skins and seeds.
- Cut into bite size pieces (or make a sauce for easier digestion.)
- Cover with Greek Yogurt and place in freezer until frozen, following steps above.
Depending on your tolerations with Crohn’s, you could drizzle the Blueberry Bites with honey, agave nectar or a mango puree. Or try using them to garnish your oatmeal or yogurt parfait.
HAVE ALTERATIONS THAT WORK BEST FOR YOU? PLEASE SHARE YOUR 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. As always, please consult your doctor or health care professional before applying ideas from this website. Happy Cooking!!