Our 2019 Picks for Gifts for the FODMAPer
Whether we are following the low FODMAP diet ourselves, or know someone who is, it is all too easy to be aware of the challenges at hand. Here is our 2019 list of gifts that make our lives a little easier. We could all use a little help – or straight-out pampering! Buy for yourself – and a friend!
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OK some of you might look at this as a cop-out, but we all know those people who are really hard to buy gifts for! Gift Cards are the way to go, and ours are FODMAP specific.
Consider a Fody Foods Gift card and the lucky recipient will be able to choose from salsas (we love the Medium), BBQ Sauce, Salad Dressings, Garlic and also Shallot-Infused Olive Oil, among other items.
They have some brand new marinades and simmer sauces that will be very helpful, like Sesame Ginger, Teriyaki, Taco Sauce and a Green Enchilada Sauce! And all of their items are lab tested and Certified Low FODMAP by Monash University.
If you want to send a box of essential pantry items Fody Foods has made it really easy to do so. Just purchase a BUNDLE of Fody Products!
If you are lucky enough to live within the Northeast US you can have 5 Star Chef developed Low FODMAP prepared meals delivered directly to your door from Epicured! (starting at the first of the year Epicured will be available for shipment throughout the continental US – buy your card now for 2020 delivery!)
Buy your loved one a gift card for their choice of meals! This is a wonderful way to let your loved one with IBS know you support their journey to wellness.
Especially for FODMAP Everyday® Readers: use code FE25 for 25% off first order of $50
Casa de Sante also has many foods to choose from, which are Certified Low FODMAP by FODMAP Friendly.
They are adding new items all the time and the giftee can choose from seasonings to simmer sauces, granola, stock powders and more. They even offer kosher products. A Gift Card from Casa de Sante will be well received!
Casa De Sante is offering 10% off SITEWIDE! with code BLACKFRIDAY2019 & CYBERMONDAY2019 valid Black Friday & Cyber Monday
Our friends at ModifyHealth offer both low FODMAP prepared meals along with the support of an experienced dietitian for U.S. based IBS sufferers.
You can gift your loved one all the support they need to move through the “Elimination and Reintroduction Phases” of the diet succesfully.
ModifyHealth is offering a super deal for FODMAP Everyday readers! For the Holidays, they have sweetened the already generous 10% off by also providing a free initial GI-Dietitian Consult to all orders placed through 12/25 using the FE10 code. ($150 value!)
BOOKS! We’ve Got BOOKS!
If you are a book lover or know someone who is, Kate Scarlata RDN and I have written the Low FODMAP Diet Step by Step.
Kate has been educating about the low FODMAP diet for many years and you will find everything you need in this book, from shopping lists to over 130 recipes, meal prep advice and a thorough explanation and guide through the Challenge phase.
Our friend and colleague Alana Scott has a new and GORGEOUS book, The Gut-Friendly Cookbook. Packed with full-color photos and enticing recipes from the founder of A Little Bit Yummy.
More than 100 recipes for delicious dinners, breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, plus sweet treats, gorgeous photographs of each recipe, and plenty of easy-to-read background information on FODMAPs, a shopping guide, and advice on how to change your eating through the whole cycle of the low-FODMAP journey. The recipes have all been reviewed and approved by a FODMAP- trained registered dietitian.
Our good friend and Contributor Tamara Duker Freuman has written The Bloated Belly Whisperer. NO ONE explains the hows and whys of bloating like Tamara! GET THIS BOOK!
Colleen Francioli of FODMAPlife.com, along with oversight from dietitian Joanna Baker, has a brand new book, The Low-FODMAP 30-Minute Cookbook.
We all need quick recipes that are low FODMAP and Elimination-worthy! Helpful charts, lists, and nutritional information make it simple to whip up quick and delicious meals that will satisfy even the most sensitive stomach.
CALLING ALL BAKERS! For the low FODMAP bakers among us, how about a 275 page e-book dedicated to your favorite, tasty pastime?
Our Low FODMAP Baking book is jam-packed with over 60 baking recipes and my expert tips and tricks that are not available on our site. Low FODMAP Cream Puffs! Eclairs! Doughnuts! A Basic Quick Bread with several sweet and savory variations, cupcakes, popovers, cakes, frostings, cookies, cobblers, crisps and MORE!
And We’ve Got Courses!
Everyday we hear how folks are stuck. Or they just want someone to hold their hand while navigating the diet. Did you know that there are two courses that can do just that? In the privacy of your own home! We hear from many of you that you have college age kids, away from home, who need help and guidance. These are PERFECT gifts to help them.
The Low-FODMAP Diet Beginner’s Course
Colleen Francioli’s The Low-FODMAP Diet Beginner’s Course is NOT just for beginners! It is for anyone and everyone who would like expert guidance while going through all of the diet’s phases. Colleen put together an incredible team with dietitian Joanna Baker as well as our own Success Team Dietitian Diana Reid to bring you the accurate and specialized information that you need.
Everyday Nutrition FODMAP Challenge
If you, or someone you know, are looking for specific help with Reintroduction, look no further than Joanna Baker’s Everyday Nutrition FODMAP Challenge. Joanna is arguably the most FODMAP savvy dietitian in the world. Having Joanna and her partner Marni in your corner equals RESULTS! Rolling admission; join anytime. And there is no time like the present, right?
Gift these courses to yourself – or someone you love.
Let’s Talk Equipment
So many people think they cannot cook. Or they don’t enjoy the process. Then RIGHT equipment can make all the difference! Pick something out for yourself, or gift a special family member for friend.
Are you an Insta-Pot lover?
SO MANY of you have told us that you LOVE your Insta-pot, and they lend themselves so well to low FODMAP cooking – soups, braises, carnitas, stews, even lasagna! This Insta Pot Duo Nova has a rabid following and a great price point. The 6-quart size is our favorite and this Instant Pot Multi Cooker combines 7 Appliances in one: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer – and cooks up to 70% faster!
It is not expensive and will last a lifetime – and beyond if you take care of it. First, but a great piece of equipment. We really like (and use) LODGE pre-seasoned pans in our Test Kitchen. And look at this set! The two most popular sizes, a 12-inch and a 10-inch, for less than $45!
Then, how about adding to the gift and package it up with this kit that will help keep your cast-iron in great shape.
This classic French brand makes the most amazing enamel cast iron. Pricey? Yes, but serious quality. Robin has several Le Crueset- including this one, which are all over 40 years old! And they are in amazing condition. Even heat retention, easy cleaning. They are heavy; you’ve been warned! The Flame color shown here is their signature color and it is hot, hot, hot! This 5 1/2-quart sized Dutch-oven will become your new kitchen BFF (or for whomever is lucky enough to receive this)!
It is a silicone wrapper for cheesecakes calling for a water bath! No more soggy crusts! Brilliant. Easy to clean, too. I have found this 10-inch size to be the most versatile. Get one for yourself, too.
Holiday time often means roasting big birds and roasts and you need a sturdy, well-crafted roasting pan. This Viking set comes with a rack AND a carving set! BONUS!
We use it in the Test Kitchen and it has stood the test of time. Whether you are roasting a big bird, a standing rib roast or pork roast, this pan is a workhorse.
Cooks always need great knives and this MAC Professional Series has come out on top of many “best-of” lists.
It is balanced, made from high quality materials and the dimples make it cut through everything “like butter”, with less drag. I have smaller hands and happen to really like this 8-inch length. This knife is SUPER versatile.
Tall flutes keep those bubbles going (and going and going), are elegant to look at, and make a fab gift. This set by Waterford is my very favorite shape and will enhance any celebration and table.
Did you know that we have a low FODMAP recipe???? Or how about sauerkraut and kombucha? For the fermentation lover, get a classic fermentation crock! THIS is a unique gift! A gorgeous 10 L/2.6 gal glazed stoneware crock that looks beautiful as it ferments your foods…while you are being patient!
Then get them the BEST blender! We use Vitamix in the Test Kitchen and I have simply never used a better engineered blender. Period. Whether you are making smoothies, crushing ice or puréeing soups (for starters), this is the bender to own.
Have you, or do you know someone who has always wanted a KitchenAid Stand Mixer but didn’t have the room? They have come out with a more petite 3 1/2-quart size!
Same high quality construction and a powerful motor. This might just be the mixer of your dreams. Comes with the flat paddle (for creaming), balloon whisk (for beating egg whites and cream) and a dough hook, just like the 5-quart classic model, but this one is 25% lighter and takes up a 20% smaller footprint (compared with KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer). And it comes in MANY colors, including this incredibly festive Empire Red.
And for those of you who do have a 5-quart mixer (I’m looking at all of you low FODMAP bakers!), or if you know an avid baker, how about one of these uber-fancy bowls?
You can ALWAYS use an extra bowl, and these gorgeous ones make a perfect gift. Beautiful and functional.
Any of these make a statement and will not be forgotten!
All of our recipes call for it because using pre-ground simply won’t do, as it is always stale and quite insipid in flavor and aroma. Many years ago, when I was frustrated at having to grind out the “1-teaspoon” of black pepper called for in a recipe (it takes FOREVER), I decided to find the best pepper grinder for a professional Test Kitchen. The Peppermate is it! It might not have the look you want at the table, but this baby is EASY on the fingers and wrist and grinds LOTS of pepper quickly and easily. You can control the size of the grind with a twist of a knob. I LOVE this thing and am never without one. Any and every cook should have one of these. It is a go-to present from me. Available is Red, White or Black
Include some peppercorns, while you are at it! Tellicherry black peppercorns are what we use and recommend.
A food scale is an ESSENTIAL kitchen tool when following the low FODMAP diet.
If you or your loved one doesn’t have one then this is one of those gifts that keeps on giving. We love the OXO Good Grips 5 Lb Food Scale with Pull-Out Display.
And Now Some STOCKING STUFFERS!
Or, if you are looking for several smaller gifts for Hanukkah, check these out below.
After teaching cooking for decades, I can tell you that folks are always saying they come across a recipe (like whole roast chicken or turkey) that calls for Butcher’s twine and they just never have any on hand.
For less than $5, you can solve that problem. And this lasts FOREVER. Seriously.
When it comes to silicone spatulas, I think you can never have too many.
We love this set for so many reasons: you can color code as you cook; you could buy the set and give them out individually; they go in the dishwasher; heat resistant up to 500 degrees F.; stain and odor resistant and Odor resistant; BPA-free and FDA approved; solid steel core construction for a comfortable hold – and only $7.99 for FOUR!
We are diehards and love to create low FODMAP grilled food. This grill cleaner – NOT a brush – is fantastic. Well made, sturdy, and none of those hurty wire bristles! It will scrape your rill clean in no time!
Robin loves these Food Huggers.
We were gifted some to try and she’s been using them all year – for dog and cat food cans, for cut vegetables and fruits- they are flexible and come in various sizes – they also have some in shapes for avocados – but Robin says she uses the round ones the most.
She gave some to her daughter who says she uses them all the time and her friends want to know where to get them. These are just one of those kitchen tools that you actually use daily – easy to clean, they nest when not needed, and are colorful!
It is made with high quality ingredients, has the perfect amount of slip and smells heavenly. Stress reduction should be part of every FODMAPers lifestyle. Perfect for self-massage or, help out a friend!
Think there is nothing new in “oil”? we love the O brand and their lemon-infused oil is AMAZING.
It is rich, fragrant with a citrusy balance to their high quality olive oil that will have you thinking of ways to use it, just so that you can! Drizzle on salad with a little salt and pepper – DONE!
Every kitchen needs a good kitchen timer, and NONE compare to this General Tools 3-in-1 Timer.
It has a magnetic back; it can be set for Hours/Minutes or Minutes/Seconds; it has a vibration feature; a light-up feature; and of course a sound feature – and/or you can pick and choose what combo of those three you want. Vibration you might be wondering? YES! Let’s say you have a house full of guests and you need to keep track of the holiday roast. Simply clip this to your clothing (yes, it has a clip, too) or slip it into your pocket and you will be silently alerted with vibration when your food needs your attention. It is manufactured for the visually and heating impaired, but I have found it useful in many situations.
Just for Fun! Humor is the Best Medicine!
The Book of Haipoos is a comedic bathroom poetry book, filled with haikus about poop, inspired by the author’s struggles of living with IBS.
Stress relief should be fun!