Tasty Solutions for Holidays with IBS and a Giveaway!

My fave fizzy Fruit Sparkler

As a trainer, and creating meal plans for people, I naively thought all I needed to do, was take my clients food preferences into consideration.

I learned that so many people suffer from bouts of IBS, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis or other digestive issues that make just eating, “normal, healthy” food an often miserable experience.

Not only can it be time consuming and difficult to find what one “can” eat, it can make social events hard to attend and the holidays can be very difficult!
According to a Harris Poll* conducted on behalf of VSL#3, the following was found among IBS sufferers:

  • 37% indicate their condition is extremely/very problematic
  • 63% tried to manage their condition by making changes to their diet on their own
  • 24% have tried a low-FODMAP diet

When someone is looking to manage IBS, it isn’t just about them being picky, it is a necessity to keep them feeling good long-term.

Probiotics are one way that can help manage IBS and other digestive problems.

While many people are familiar with the term “probiotics,” most do not understand the importance of knowing which specific strain of organism should be used for which specific disease or condition. *

VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food that is clinically proven in the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC) and ileal pouch.

VSL#3 is at least 10 times more potent than the average probiotic.

Right now you can enter the IBS-Friendly Feast Giveaway for a chance to be the Grand Prize Winner — You will receive a cooking class for two at your local William Sonoma or Sur la Table stores and custom IBS-Friendly Recipes from VSL#3

Five runners-up will also receive a one-month supply of VSL#3

ENTER BEFORE 11/25 at 12pm EST

My favorite recipe collection of low-FODMAP recipes

My favorite recipe collection of low-FODMAP recipes

I LOVE the Fizzy Fruit Sparkler from page 43 of Patsy Catsos’ Recipe book, Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook.

It’s like a cocktail without the hang over!

My fave fizzy Fruit Sparkler

My fave fizzy Fruit Sparkler


VSL#3 is available at your local pharmacy. Please ask your pharmacist for VSL#3 as it is kept behind the pharmacy counter in the refrigerator.

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Check out this Video Series packed with helpful info about IBS & UC for yourself and family members.

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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3® is a high-potency probiotic medical food for the dietary management of IBS, UC and ileal pouch and must be used under medical supervision. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

* Harris Poll conducted the GI Issues Survey on behalf of VSL#3. The survey was administered online within the United States between April 1-7, 2015 among 607 adults ages 18+ who have been diagnosed with a digestive or gastrointestinal condition, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, ileal pouch (“sufferers”)

3 Food Prep & Meal Planning Tips For A Busy Person

Hi everyone! I’m Shannon, author of A Busy Girl’s Guide to Happy Eating and I KNOW it can be challenging to eat healthy when you’re short on time. And if you’re a busy person, you’re most likely short on time… all of the time.
It is easy to question the importance of meal planning when you’re only prepping for one. However, the answer is simple. You want healthy meals and snacks to grab when you’re busy. If delicious, homemade and healthy food is available for you, you’re going to eat it.
When I started working my first real job, it wasn’t uncommon for me to work 80 hours a week. I quickly became very stressed and unhappy. I learned the importance of prepping meals for myself and found lots of tips and tricks along the way. I used these tips and tricks in my new ebook, A Busy Girl’s Guide to Happy Eating. Today I’m sharing some of my secrets with you!
Below you’ll find 3 of my favorite tips for a single person. These will set you up for a successful week of eating clean foods. Yes, you’ll have to take a couple hours out of your weekend to go grocery shopping and prep. The more you do it, the faster and more efficient you will become. You’ll also find that you’ll be less stressed during the week and feel great because you’re fueling yourself with good food.
1. Prep Full Meals
Instead of prepping components like cooking plain chicken, cutting up vegetables and baking potatoes, make complete dishes. This takes out all the guesswork when you’re tired, hungry and feeling uninspired. You can roast the chicken, vegetables and potatoes together with rosemary and olive oil for an easy dish that can be eaten as is or thrown over a vegetable salad.
2. Stick To 2-3 Meals
If you’re someone who doesn’t need a ton of variety, perfect. Then there’s no need to eat something different every single day of the week. This will cut down on leftovers. If these 2-3 meals you choose make several portions than you can eat in a week just freeze what you can for another busy week. Doing this will help you get a head and give yourself a little break in an upcoming week.

3. Keep A List 
Keep an on-going list of your favorite meals that worked well for busy work weeks. This way you won’t get caught in a rut of making the same things or have to put too much time into figuring out what you want to make. This will make your shopping and prepping time quicker too!
Being busy IS an excuse, but there’s no reason why it needs to keep you from eating healthy. Use these simple tips and you’ll have people wondering how you do it.
If all this still seems undoable for you, be sure to check out my ebook, A Busy Girl’s Guide to Happy Eating. It’s a step-by-step, 6-week guide filled with menus, shopping lists and prep instructions. And because there’s more to happy eating besides food, you’ll also get a daily self-care activity.
Happy food prep and meal planning!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread (GF)

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bars

Need a delicious and healthy Breakfast or Snack Idea?

These bars are where its at!! Plus, you can’t go wrong with pumpkin….ever.

Its not quite paleo, because there are little bit of oats and protein, it’s as close to Paleo in a delicious bar as I’m gonna get today… They are moist and delicious!!

This recipe is adapted from my friend Jaquelyn Kay, who adapted it from Jamie Eason’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread.. so basically its a twice removed recipe from the star Jamie, herself ;)

All the amazing ingredients you can get from VITACOST. They have a freaking AWESOME selection of things like coconut flour and greens, etc. (watch out, my cart was full in about .5 seconds!!)


Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly grease your pan with olive oil (9×9 square pan works best)

In small bowl combine: (set aside)1/3 cup Truvia and 2 tsp cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together  flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and protein powder.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg and whites, coconut milk, honey, and pumpkin.

Pour a shallow layer of batter into the loaf pan (about 1/4 of the batter). Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter & cinnamon/sugar on top. Draw a knife through the batter to marble. Bake for 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean when you poke the center of bread.






I may receive compensation in the form of product or payment from companies for reviews and/or recipes. Please note that I NEVER refer or use any product or company that I don’t thoroughly inspect, love, or wouldn’t use myself or let my mamma use.

Sweet N Spicy Sliders




Thanks to Shannon over at SkinnySometimes.com for this awesome Paleo friendly slider recipe! So cool, enjoy it!Sweet-N-Spicy-Sliders


Roasted Turkey


Thanks to Shannon over at Skinny Sometimes for this easy roasted turkey recipe! Enjoy!


Crispy Green Beans and Bacon





Thanks to Shannon at Skinny Sometimes for this easy and delicious Paleo recipe! Enjoy!Green-Beans-Bacon

Chocolate Covered Almonds



Yum! Here’s a quick snack for any time of day! Thanks to Shannon from Skinny Sometimes for this recipe.chocolate-covered-almonds

Patalian Pasta Bowl


Yum! Thanks to Skinny Sometimes for another amazing recipe, enjoy!


Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce


LOVE this recipe from Shannon at Skinny Sometimes, these coconut shrimp are amazing, enjoy!


Baked Salmon Foil Packs

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Foil packs for the win! These are so super easy (especially for people like me who don’t cook) Check out this recipe from Skinny Sometimes!