If you’ve been diagnosed with gastroparesis or functional dyspepsia, you know how painful eating vegetables can be. Here are two gastroparesis diet tips to help you safely add more vegetables (and more nutrition) to your gastroparesis diet.
Tip No. 1 Make your own vegetable purees
If you’ve been diagnosed with gastroparesis, you may have been advised to eat small amounts of baby food for easy-to-tolerate and digestible nutrition. However, making your own baby food tastes better and is more varied and nutritious. You can start by investing in a powerful blender, like the Vitamix blender, to make your own vegetable purees. You should also invest in a fine mesh strainer and rubber spatula to strain the purees. Investing in a powerful blender is important because a powerful blender will make your vegetable purees silky smooth and easier to digest.
Be sure to peel vegetables with stringy skins like sweet potatoes. Then simply boil or steam (more of the nutrients are steamed) the vegetables until tender. Let them cool and then blend them in a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix, until creamy and smooth with a little of the cooking water to obtain the desired consistency. Add more or less cooking water depending on what you think will be easier for you to digest. Then pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer with a rubber spatula to speed up the straining process.
You can add a little lemon juice (if your stomach isn’t upset) and sea salt to add a little flavor. Place your vegetable purees in glass containers with a lid and they should last in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days. If you want to freeze your vegetable purees, you can pour the purees into an ice cube tray that you can defrost in the future to make individual servings.
You can use 1 type of vegetable, such as well-cooked and peeled summer squash, peeled broccoli, peeled carrots, peeled asparagus, stemless mushrooms, peeled sweet potatoes, or a combination of vegetables. Use your discernment to choose which vegetables will be the easiest to digest.
Tip 2 # Squeeze your veggies
Investing in a good juicer can help you reap the benefits of consuming raw fruits and vegetables without altering your gastroparesis symptoms.
You’ll still want to invest in a fine-mesh strainer to strain your juice and strain out the remaining fiber.
Some vegetables that are good for juicing include cucumber, celery, carrots, and beets. Wash and peel the vegetables and pass them through a juicer. I recommend the Omega 4000 juicer for this purpose. Remember to drink your juice slowly and in small amounts to make sure you can tolerate it well.
I hope these two tips help you add more greens to your gastroparesis diet and if you are interested in the kitchen appliances I mentioned in the article, check out the resources below: