RECIPE: Low-FODMAP Sesame Peanut Power Bars

Sesame Peanut Power Bars

Power to the peanuts.

There’s one trick to going on any sort of restricted diet, no matter how complex, how punishing. Follow this rule, and managing any elimination diet is a breeze.

The simple trick? Never leave the house.

Yeah, it’s not impossibly hard to keep to the low-FODMAP diet if you stay at home and always cook for yourself, but what if you have, you know, go to work, travel or basically do anything else that requires you to get out of the house for more than a few hours at a time?

Well, there’s no simple answer, beyond remembering to always pack a lunch or to have a list of low-FODMAP-friendly restaurants on hand. But one thing that’s saved my day more than a few time has been making sure I brought along some (sorta) healthy, gut-friendly snacks. And when I saw a recipe for some tasty Sesame-Peanut Bars in a recent Bon Appetit, I knew I could easily convert them to the side of low FODMAPs. Salty, crunchy, chewy and sweet all at the same time, they’re an addictive treat, and they’ll be your best friend in a pinch.

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RECIPE: Low-FODMAP Cold Peanut Soba Noodles

Cold soba peanut noodles

Cold comfort. (Literally.)

I recently had a bad noodle experience. It was a bummer. But in the spirit of “getting back on the horse,” I decided I had to immediately wipe the quinoa-wheat pasta fiasco from my mind. And since it’s still stiflingly hot where I live, I decided the time was right for a cold noodle dish, with a refreshing green smoothie on the side.

Soba noodles are typically made with buckwheat, but beware: most are actually made with a blend of buckwheat and regular wheat. You can find buckwheat-only versions, but make sure you check the package carefully. I like them with peanut sauce, a splash of sesame oil, some chopped green onion tops, shredded carrot, some toasted sesame seeds and a squirt of Sriracha (which contains garlic, so be mindful if you have trouble tolerating it.)

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