No matter what time of year, over-indulging in your favourite foods is bound to happen once in a while. If you’ve gone a little over the limit and your stomach is feeling less than ideal, incorporating a few of these foods may help your stomach to feel back to its old self. Keep these recipes in your back pocket for any time your stomach is feeling iffy, and indulge (moderately) with ease.
Avocados are a kitchen workhorse, adding dairy-free creaminess to any meal. One of the highest fibre foods available, they’re a filling, mild fruit to add to your diet when you’re experiencing digestive upset. Smash onto toast, turn into guacamole, eat out of the half-shell or turn into a creamy pasta sauce!
Tried and true, mint is one of the most popular ways to calm digestive upset. It can help reduce stomach and intestinal inflammation and heartburn, and calm tummy discomfort after too much to eat. Sipping on mint tea before and after a meal not only helps your stomach, but offers the additional benefit of relaxation, too.
Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes, whether canned or fresh, offer high amounts of fibre to reset upset stomachs. Lentils, a legume, are especially helpful for soothing digestion, as their fibre is digested more easily than many beans. Like all foods high in fibre, adequate water is needed to assist in digestion.
Get your digestive system back in order with fermented foods such as unsweetened kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, kimchi and yogurt. These foods, rich in active cultures, replenish “good” bacteria in your gut which can be stripped by processed and refined foods.
Chia seeds are soothing on the digestive system, speeding up transit time with their gelatinous texture and high fibre content. Taste-free, chia isn’t particularly appetizing mixed simply with water, but jazzed up, they make for a flavourful pudding or oatmeal add-in.
Brown rice is a stomach-friendly food that may help digestive system flare-ups. A gluten-free whole grain, cooked brown rice delivers fibre and B vitamins – components that can calm digestive inflammation. Turn into a creamy pudding with almond milk, stir into soothing soups or replace white rice with brown in this comforting stuffed squash.