Chia jam has been all the rage for a while now, but on the whole I’ve failed to see the attraction. However, when eating a low FODMAP diet, one of the things you need to watch out for is high FODMAP jams. A low FODMAP jam is a jam which is made with a suitably low FODMAP fruit, such as raspberries or strawberries, and is made with sucrose or glucose syrup. High FODMAP jams have got added fructose, high fructose corn syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, honey, agave syrup, sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, maltitol, erythritol and isomalt.
Sushi is a great low FODMAP option for a meal because rice is naturally gluten-free and tends to be easy on the tummy at the best of times anyway. However, the only downside to buying ready-made sushi is that it tends to be really expensive. Actually, it’s ridiculously expensive when you consider how cheap the actual ingredients are that make up sushi: rice; seaweed wraps; cucumber; radishes; pickled ginger etc. Yes, they might be expensive to buy from some of the pricier supermarkets, but if you go to an Asian supermarket to buy your ingredients you’ll save a packet. I think the only ‘expensive’ component of sushi is if you make it with fish or seafood, but even they are available to buy as budget options nowadays.
I was recently sent a bottle of low FODMAP ranch dressing by the American company LiveFree Foods to test and I decided to make a salmon fillet salad with it. I’ve got to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of salad dressings because a lot of the time I find them too vinegary, but I was willing to give the lactose-free LiveFree ranch dressing a go because I was curious to taste what it would be like without any onion or garlic in the ingredient list.
I went for a long walk the other Sunday morning and when I got back home I wanted something really warming and comforting for lunch. As we all know, there’s nothing more warming than a steaming bowl of hot homemade soup, so I got cracking with making a big pot of quick and very easy to make lentil and vegetable soup and within an hour (thanks to my trusty food processor) it was ready to eat.