Gastroparesis Recipes

I am looking for some gastroparesis recipes and can't seem to find any good ones on the internet. My 2 1/2 yr old son has GP and seems to be getting a bit of his appetite back (we started him on Iberogast a few weeks ago, so we think this might be helping him a little). To avoid overloading his little body we want to stick to a GP diet whenever possible. I need foods that are great for a toddler (basically snacks or something he can hold in his hand and walk around with). He hates anything creamy in texture. Really, I was trying to find recipes for cookies or bar snacks.

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try these.....

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From everything I have learned about Gastroparesis, which I was diagnosed with in March, 2010 , it is very vicious and limiting diet wise. I am 42 so I'm not sure how I can help. GP is at different levels of difficulty for all of us. Here's a few ideas...
My GI specialist and my primary gave me a menu suggestion list for the different levels of 'allowable' foods. That's a great place to start. We are not supposed to have any fat or fiber in our diets. They were clear with me how much discomfort and severe symptoms I may have.
I use Powerade Zero for my daily beverege throughout the day. Seems to keep me at a healthier level of hydration, and it has potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium in it while the regular Powerade and Gatorade dont. Not having any sugar in them makes a big difference when you are trying to balance a diet.
I can't think of any snacks other than homeade icecube tray frozen pops. I use Powerade Zero, apple juice, and ensure. Just use toothpicks for your 'stick'. Great texture and fun to eat.
Dairy is fat. I think icecream, candybars, and just plain milk will cause a lot of discomfort and severe symptoms.
Beef consume' is absolutely delicious in flavor. My list says I can have 3 saltines per meal time for lunch and dinner. We crunched them up and put them in a few at a time to keep the crunch. Truely it was great to 'chew' lunch the first time I had it.
Here is some of what's on my suggested list. This info comes from a print out for GP suggested meals. All three diets are in there to help you come up with ideas.
Quickly before I start with info., try watching the cooking channel. Seriously. It is a great way to come up with replacement ideas.
With no fruits or all veggies except peeled potatoes, and peeled carrots, ideas are a little harder. I started a post about this for all of us needing 'fresh' ideas. I believe the Discussion- I'm starving, what can I eat now? (something like that), is under Nutrition (topic)
Check it out. A lot of people posted ideas on there. Great info. If you would like to help me format the info. on the site for everyone to use for referrencing it would be greatly appreciated. I have been very ill for a week and a half now which makes it difficult to keep up with everything. I will post the list now as best I can...

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I don't know if this will help but I found a great book on my bookshelf : The Busy Mom's Make It Quick Cookbook" by Jyl Steinback. 300 recipes, easy to make. Many of them use mixes and convenience foods (healthy ones--usually condiments or soup mixes). It's really hard to find right now, but maybe in a library. It has a lot of kid friendly recipes that are all low fat and low fiber.

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Diet intervention for Gastroparesis

Eat 6 or more small meals a day.. avoid large meals
avoid foods high in fat or too much fat added to foods( liquid fat in bev. is often tolerated)
Eat nutritious foods before filling up on 'empty' calories
Chew foods well; solid food, such as meat may be tolerated if ground or pure'ed.
No high fiber foods!
examples: all bran, papcorn, broccoli, beans
sit up while eating and for 1 hr after meal.
Blenderized Food:
Meats, fish, poultry and ham: blend with broths, water =, milk, vegetable or V-8 juice, tomato sauce, gravies.
Starches: potatoes, pasta: blend with soups, broth, milk, water, gravies: add strained baby meats if protein if needed.
fruits: Blend with their own juices, other fruit juices, water, strained baby fruits
Cereals: Make with caloric beverage such as whole milk, soy or rice milk, juice, Ensure or equivalent, etc., instead of water. Add surgurs, honey, molasses, syrups, or other flavorings, butter or margaringe for extra calories.
Mixed dishes: Lasagna, mac and cheese, spaghetti, shili, chop suey- add adequate liqud of your choice, blend well then strain.

Use fat free products as much as you can. You can add a little cream or butter for some dishes without going overboard.
Fat-free Oral Liquid Supplements: Boost Breeze, Enlive! Clear Liquid Beverage, Resource Fruit Beverage

Clear Liquids;
All tea and plain coffee
Clear juices such as apple, cranberry, grape
Fruit-flavored drinks
Carbonated Beverages / soda (may cause gas and bloating/distension in some patients)
Sports drinks (Gatorade, All-Sport, etc.)
Broth, bouillon, consomme'
Plain, flavored gelatins (such as Jell-O)
Fruit ices (Italian ice), sorbets
Popsicles without added fruit pieces
clear liquid nutritional supplements
Boost Breeze
Resource Fruit Beverage

*strained baby food is mentioned on all forms of diet suggestions.

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Liquid diet semi meal pattern
Citrus juice or other beverage containg vitamin C
Thinned Cooked Cereal
Liquid supplement or milkshake
Coffee or Tea
Cream, Sugar
Thinned soup
Thinned or Pur'eed Meat or Substitued
Thinned Potato or Substitute
Thinned or Pur'eed Vegetable
Thinned Dessert or Pur'eed Fruit
Liquid supplement or Milkshake
Coffee or Tea
Cream, Sugar
/salt and Pepper

Here is a suggested Menu for step three with some liquid and some 'safe foods'.
- skim milk half cup
-cream of wheat half cup
-sugar 2 tsp
-orange juice half cup
-white toast 1 slice
-margarine 1 tsp
-jelly 1 tsp

morning snack
-low-fat yogart half cup
-sprite half cup

-tuna fish 2 oz
-low-fat mayo 2 TBL
-white bread 2 slices
-canned peaches half cup
-Gatorade half cup

afternoon snack
-chocolate ppudding half cup
-ginger ale half cup

-baked chicken 2oz
-white rice half cup
-cooked beets half cup
-dinner roll 1
-skim milk half cup
-margarine 2 tsp

evening snack
-ice milk half cup
-pretzels 2

The Basics
The larger the meal, the slower the stomach emptying will be. Better to have 6 to 8 small meals.
Liquids vs. Solids
sometimes changing to small meals doesn't work. Go back to the liquid diet for a while focusing on nutrition.

Maybe your little one will do well with pure'ed foods. Hopefully some of this will help. I would suggest asking your doctor or specialist for a suggested menu plan. There is a lot of info but it will be a great place to start.
I send you and your family prayers...



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Continuing once again.

Our diets should shoot for these goals of nutrition and healthy balance.

Calories 1822 Fat 42gm
Protein 75gm Sodium 2234mg
Carbohydrates 286gm Potassium 2467mg

Getting your calories:
When getting enough calories is a daily struggle...
* High calorie drinks are better than water (providing both calories and fluid); use peach, pear or papaya nectar, cranberry juice, orange juice, Hawaiian Punch, Hi C, lemonade, Kool-Aid.
* Fortify milk by adding dry milk powder --1-cup powder to 1-quart milk.
*Use whole milk or evaporated milk (if tolerated) insteadof skim or 2% for drinking and preparing "cream type" soups, custards, puddings, and milkshakes.
* Add instant breakfast, protein powder, dry milk powder, or other flavored powders or syrups to whole milk or juices.
*Make custards and puddings with eggs of egg substitutes (such as Eggbeaters).
*Try adding ice cream, sherberts, sorbets to ready-made supplements such as Nutrashakes, Ensure or Boost.

(examples of fat free protein sources)

*Egg Beaters 1/4 C. = 6 proteins
*Better n' Eggs 1/4 C. = 5 p
*Egg whites, separated, cooked 2 = 7 p
*Powdered egg whites 1 Tbl = 11.5 p
*Egg white (Bob's Red Mill) 2 tsp = 3 p
*Just Whites (Deb EL) 2 tsp = 3 p
*Fat free luncheon meat 1 oz = 6 p
*Fat free milk 8 oz = 8 p
*Non fat dry milk powder 2 tbl = 10 p
*Non fat cheese 1 oz = 8 p
Evaporated skim milk 1/2 C. = 9 p
*Non fat cottage cheese 1/2 C = 13 p
*Non fat yogurt (plain) 8 oz = 12 p
*High protein broth 6 oz = 10 p


Fruity Yogurt Sipper

1 ripe large banana or,
2 medium peaches, peeled and pitted
1 1/2 C whole milk
1 8oz carton vanilla yogurt
1-2 Tbl powdered surgar
1/2 C ice cubes
**Cut fruit into chunks. Combine all ingredients except ice in a blender until smooth. Add ice, one cube at a time. Blend until smooth.

Strawberry Yogurt Frappe

1 Tbl strawberry syrup or other flavoring
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
Dash vanilla
**mix in blender until smooth

Basic Smoothie
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
(or other creamy smooth yogurt such as lemon, key lime, etc.)
1 small ripe banana
**mix in blender until smooth

Tropical Smoothie
1/2 cup creamy fruit yogurt
1/2 banana
1 oz. orange juice
**mix in blender until smooth

Peach Plus
1/2 Peach, canned
1/4 C vanilla yogurt
1/4 C milk
Dash Vanilla
Dash nutmeg
**mix in blender until smooth

MILKSHAKES *Mix well in blender until smooth, unless otherwise specified

Super Milkshake
1/2 C fortified milk
1-2 scoops high fat ice cream
1 packet Instant Breakfast

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakes
1 can chocolate Ensure
2 Tbl smooth peanut butter
2 scoops vanilla ice cream

High-protein Shake
1 C fortified milk
1/2 cup icecream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbl butterscotch, chocolate, or your favorite fruit syrup or sauce
*For variety, add 1/2 C banana or 1 tbl smooth peanut butter and 2 tsp sugar

Orange Breakfast Nog
1 1/2 C buttermilk
2 Tbl brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 large ice cubes
1/3 C frozen orange juice concentrate
Combine all ingredients except ice in a blender until smooth. Add ice, one cube at a time. Blend until smooth and frothy.

Sherbet Drink
1/2 C milk or fortified milk
1-2 scoops sherbet or sorbet
*Nutren 1.5 unflavored
*Osmolite, Osmolite HN
*Isocal, Isocal HN
*soy milk
Add 1/2 C vanilla ice cream for "Dreamsicle equivalent"

High-Calorie Malt
1/2 C whole milk
1 Tbl malted milk powder
1/2c half and half
1 oz pk Instant Breakfast, any flavor
2 C ice cream, any flavor
2 Tbl Ovaltine

Fruit and Cream
1 C whole milk
1 C vanilla ice cream
1 C canned fruit in heavy syrup (peaches, apricots,pears)
Almond or vanilla extract to taste



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Thanks for all the info, everyone. We know all the recommended GP diet rules/tips, etc and try to follow them as much as possible. My son is only 2 1/2 and has had GP for just over 1 yr now. He does drink Ensure daily to reach his minimum daily calories (1000calories daily for a toddler). So any solid food he eats is just 'extra calories'. Being that my son is only 2 and is just now starting to get interested in food, there are little recipies that are really appropriate for a toddler. Forget about 'meals'. When he sits down at the dinner table with us he just watches us eat and wants no part in it. He will eat while he is playing but it got to be something he can hold in his hand. Forget about sandwiches - I've tried that many times and he gives it right back to us.
GP is hard for any adult to handle, but imagine being a toddler and not being able to tell anyone how you feel. We have no idea if his tummy hurts or he feels acid reflux or bloating or constipation. he has no idea what these things are. It's a big guessing game for us as his parents and the only thing I can do is just read his cues everyday.

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You and your family will remain in my prayers. Poor little one! I can't even imagine what he is going through. We pray friend...


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Poor little guy! I hope he's able to find some foods to enjoy soon.

I have to preface this all by saying that everyone's GP is different. Hopefully you will find something for him that he tolerates well and enjoys!

I have a recipe I've been messing around with and it's down to under .1 grams of fat per serving but that can probably even be lowered somehow. I've always loved baking but can rarely eat more than a teaspoon of my finished product and instead just enjoy watching others eat it :)

This banana muffin recipe has done me well and I can almost always eat 1 (or 2 if I'm lucky!) with no ill effects. Can't eat raw bananas, but these don't make me sick at all:

Banana Muffins (makes 18 regular or 36+ mini muffins)

1 1/2 cups flour (white)
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together and set aside.

1/4 to 1/2 cup brown or white sugar (can easily be reduced)
1 egg white
3 mashed RIPE bananas
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix well.

Add in flour mixture and stir just until combined (the more you stir, the more rubbery the batter gets, so be gentle!).

Pour into paper-lined baking cups and fill just over 1/2 way. Bake 15-18 minutes or until done inside.

Just a few modification notes--

-You could bake them in mini muffin cups to not only make them a more kid-friendly size, but also to limit his portions and see how he does with just a bite or two. These freeze well so you can pull one out any time.
-If he can't do sugars, you can omit them and just use super ripe bananas--they're plenty sweet on their own.
-If he CAN do sugars and likes them, try sprinkling a little pinch of brown sugar on top before baking--they get crunchy and delicious!
-If he can't do egg white, omit it completely. Bananas work really well as a replacer for eggs in vegan baking.
-If he can't do applesauce, omit applesauce and replace with an extra bit of banana

God bless--

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I am just recently diagnosed and am looking for things to fix for my young kids and modify for myself. I have a 3 1/2 year old I understand where you are coming from trying to find something appealing to a toddler. In the info I've read, it suggested animal crackers, jello, ginger snaps, graham crackers, vanilla wafers (limited, of course) and cheese sticks. It also listed popsicles, however, that's not always 'easy' for a toddler to handle. Hope you find something that works. :)

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