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Cooking Up IBS-Friendly Recipes #VSL3KnowTheDifference

I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) a few years ago. I’d been going through a particularly stressful time in my life and had a flare up of symptoms that seemed to not want to go away. I made an appointment with my family doctor and he said that is what he believed was wrong with me and that it was something that a lot of people deal with. I’d heard of IBS because I have friends and relatives who have it. Thankfully, it is something that I am able to manage and major flare ups seem to only happen when I’m really stressed out.

One thing I notice about living with IBS is that certain foods can cause symptoms to flare up. My doctor stressed the importance of eating a healthy diet and gave me a list of foods to avoid eating. Take dairy products for instance. Sometimes, I’ll eat a bowl of cereal and have my IBS flare up and then other times I’ll be ok. It’s very frustrating because you never know if it will be triggered or not and some of my favorite foods include dairy products. When I’m going through a flare up, I will avoid eating my trigger foods and stick to my diet until my symptoms calm down again.

Having dietary restrictions can be a pain sometimes, but you do what you have to do! Thankfully there are foods I can eat and enjoy so it doesn’t seem that bad while I’m waiting to feel better.

Eating a Healthy Diet

I recently had the chance to check out 12 IBS-friendly recipes created by Patsy Catsos, the author of the book, Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook: Love the Food that Loves You Back. I was immediately drawn to the Hash Brown Quiche and knew it was a recipe that my family would love. I also liked that it was easy to make and had ingredients that I already had in my house.

It has a layer of hash browns at the bottom and then is topped with an egg mixture filled with fresh veggies and cheese. We ate it for brunch and had leftovers the next day for breakfast. It was delicious and a hit with our entire family.

Hash Brown Quiche

Created by Patsy Catsos, RD for VSL#3

  • 32 oz. frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups cooked ham, diced (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, green part only, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup lactose-free milk
  • 10 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a 9″ by 13″ pan with butter on the bottom and sides.

2. Press thawed potatoes into the pan.

3. Bake for 25 minutes at 425°F, then remove from the oven and turn the heat down to 350°F.

4. Spread ham, onion, red pepper and cheese evenly across hot potatoes.

5. Combine milk, egg and black pepper in a large measuring cup or bowl and pour over other ingredients.

6. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 40 more minutes or until cheese is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center of the casserole comes out clean.

Probiotics Can Help

I also learned about the importance of probiotics and how they can help manage the symptoms of IBS and also other GI issues like ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch. Probiotics can mean the difference between having a healthy G.I. tract and an unhealthy one. It’s important to note that not all probiotics are created equal. It is suggested that adults take at least one billion cells (also called colony-forming unites or CFU’s) daily.

VSL#3 is a high potency probiotic that contains a proprietary formulation of 8 strains of live lactic acid bacteria and is one of the few probiotics with this many strains of bacteria. It also at least 10 times more potent than the average probiotic and must be refrigerated to maintain its potency.

There are several formulations of VSL#3 including:

  • VSL#3 DS Double Strength packets: contains 900 billion live bacteria and available by prescription only
  • VSL#3 packets (lemon flavored and unflavored): contains 450 billion bacteria
  • VSL#3 JUNIOR packets: contains 225 billion bacteria
  • VSL#3 capsules: contains 112.5 billion bacteria

VSL#3 is different from other probiotics because it is considered a medical food and not a supplement. It must be used under medical supervision.

Visit VSL#3 to learn more or ask your health provider if it’s the right probiotic for you.

VSL#3 Gastro-Nomical Giveaway

Enter the VSL#3 Gastro-Nomical Giveaway to win a fabulous prize pack that includes a cookware set from Sur la Table (ARV $300), a leather recipe card book with custom recipe cards from VSL#3, a copy of Flavor Without FODMAP’s Cookbook: Love the Food that Loves You Back by Patsy Catsos, and a $50 pharmacy gift card to stock up on VSL#3!

The giveaway ends on November 20, 2014 at 12 pm EST and is open to USA only. The winners will be announced on the VSL#3 Facebook page so make sure are following. Good luck!

VSL#3® products must be refrigerated to maintain potency and is available at your local pharmacy. Look for VSL#3® in the probiotic aisle of your local drug store and bring the card to the pharmacist as it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator. ​

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3 is a medical food and must be used under medical supervision.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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