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Best 3 Recipes of Pomegranate for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

It’s important to remember that dietary sensitivities vary amongst individuals with IBS, so listen to your body and personalize these recipes accordingly. Here are 3 pomegranate recipes, with notes tailored to those with IBS:

Recipe 1: Pomegranate and Ginger Smoothie

  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
    • 1 cup lactose-free yogurt or plant-based alternative (choose varieties suited to your tolerance)
    • 1/2 cup water or coconut water
    • Honey or maple syrup (optional, use cautiously)
  • Instructions:
    1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
    2. Adjust sweetener quantity depending on IBS symptoms and preference.
    3. Enjoy immediately!

 

Why it Might Help:

  • Pomegranate: Provides soluble fiber (good for some IBS), and antioxidants, and may have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Ginger: A natural digestive aid known to settle the stomach and potentially reduce gas and bloating.
  • Yogurt (if tolerated): Some IBS sufferers find that probiotics in certain yogurts help soothe their symptoms.

IBS Modifications:

  • Start small: Begin with a little pomegranate and see how your body reacts before increasing the amount.
  • Avoid high FODMAP sweeteners: Honey and maple syrup may trigger some IBS symptoms; limit your consumption and see how you feel.
  • Dairy-free: Experiment with non-dairy milk and yogurt, as lactose intolerance is common in IBS.

 

Recipe 2: Muhammara (Low-FODMAP Version)

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 large roasted red bell pepper (jarred is okay)
    • 1/4 cup walnuts
    • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    • Pinch of smoked paprika
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions:
    1. Grind walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped.
    2. Add roasted red pepper, pomegranate seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper, and continue to blend until almost smooth.
    3. Serve as a dip with low-FODMAP crackers or vegetable sticks.

Why it Might Help

  • Red bell pepper: A low-FODMAP vegetable, providing sweetness and vitamins.
  • Walnuts: Contribute some fiber and healthy fats.
  • Pomegranate: Adds vibrant flavor and additional nutrients.

IBS Modifications:

  • Follow the Low-FODMAP diet: Ensure all ingredients adhere to the low-FODMAP approach, especially concerning serving sizes.

 

Recipe 3: Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
    • 2 tbsp crumbled feta (optional, omit if dairy is an issue)
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions:
    1. Toss all ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld (optional).
    3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Why it Might Help:

  • Quinoa: A low-FODMAP grain and source of protein and fiber.
  • Pomegranate: Adds antioxidants and a touch of sweetness.
  • Herbs: Offer flavor without aggravating the gut.

IBS Modifications:

  • Start with small portions: See how your body reacts to the combination of ingredients.
  • Omit cheese: Skip the feta if you are sensitive to dairy.

 

Important Note: These recipes are tailored to potentially suit the sensitivities of someone with IBS; however, everyone’s triggers are unique. Always consult your doctor or a registered dietitian before making major dietary changes if you have IBS.

 

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