Maintaining a diet plan for your incontinence doesn’t have to be boring. Now March is fast approaching and the weather is finally starting to get warmer, we have found some food options which will be perfect for you to enjoy this Spring.
Avoid the Citrus; try the alternative spring flavours!
Enjoying a nutritious salad doesn’t have to mean the inclusion of oranges, grapefruits and other acidic fruits. How about making a change when you next decide which fruits and vegetables to include with your meals?
Here are some incontinence friendly fruits and vegetables that are in season this Spring:
- Spring greens- cabbages with rich dark leaves will not only provide your salad with a strong flavour but also contain a useful amount of vitamin C and vitamin K.
- Rhubarb- instead of your usual fruits which you reach for while making a fruit salad or dessert, how about making a change and adding in some rhubarb? Non-acidic and unique in taste, rhubarb may be your new solution to adding extra taste to your meals.
- Radishes- radishes contain a high amount of vitamin C, and a half cup of radishes per day in a salad or just as a snack is nearly 15% of your daily intake of Vitamin C. Why not add them to your pasta or salad?
- Asparagus- as well as being delicious, asparagus is loaded with nutrients and is a very good source of fibre, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K. Perfect for a range of party dips, soups and salads!
- Spring beets – spring beets can be eaten simply thinly sliced and drizzled with olive oil, turned into chips, grilled or roasted and added to any kind of salad.
Food doesn’t have to be spicy to be tasty!
If you suffer from incontinence, you need to avoid foods that contain hot peppers, chilli powder, horseradish, or other pungent spices. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t alternative meals you can try that are equally as tasty.
Instead of buying the regular curry, stir fry and spicy pizza, how about making simple yet tasty alternative meals which can include the seasonal fruits and vegetables?
If you are lost for ideas, have a look at our tasty recipes below which are flavoursome and incontinence friendly.
Strawberry Rhubarb Streusel Pie
What you need:
- 3 cups fresh chopped rhubarb
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 19 inch unbaked pie shell
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup hard margarine
- Combine fruit, sugar, flour and stir well
- Turn into pie shell
To make topping:
- Combine dry ingredients and cut in margarine until crumbly
- Sprinkle over rhubarb mixture
- Bake at 375 deg f for 50 minutes
- Cut into 8 wedges
What you need:
- 1 ¼ cups diced fresh asparagus
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Put everything in a food processor
- Slowly add olive oil
- Serve cold
Garden Vegetable Soup
What you need:
- 2/3 cup sliced carrot
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 cups fat-free broth (beef, chicken or veg)
- 1 ½ cups diced green cabbage
- 1/2 cup green beans
- 1 stalks celery
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup diced zucchini
- In a large saucepan sprayed with pam, saute carrot, onion, garlic and celery for 5 minutes
- Add broth
- Add cabbage, beans, oregano and salt
- Bring to boil
- Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes
- Stir in zucchini and heat for 5 minutes
- Serve hot
Extra tips for eating out with incontinence…
- Stick to water. Though it is tempting, avoid the sugary drinks or caffeinated beverages and feel more hydrated and healthy.
- Skip the curries and chillies. Opt for a tasty whole grain pasta instead!
- Avoid the lemon tart. Try non-citrus desserts for a change! Desserts made with blueberries and strawberries can be equally as tasty as well as being incontinence friendly.
Which seasonal foods will you be trying this Spring?