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We love our snacks. Unfortunately, not all snacks are your friends — especially when you have GI issues. Wanting to avoid flare-ups can make finding your perfect mid-day snack quite difficult.

Luckily, there are GI-friendly options out there such as a green smoothie, peanut butter balls, and a yogurt parfait. Read more about these and other GI healthy recipes below from Healthline!

Lactose-free yogurt parfait

To make:

  1. In a glass, layer one container of lactose-free yogurt, such as coconut yogurt.
  2. Alternate layers with banana slices and papaya chunks.
  3. Top with 1 tbsp. smooth nut butter of your choice.

Cucumber cottage-cheese toast

To make:

  1. Toast a slice of your favorite gluten-free bread.
  2. Spread with 2 tbsp. lactose-free cottage cheese mixed with a squeeze of lemon juice.
  3. Top with peeled, sliced cucumbers.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh mint.

Crunchy peanut butter balls

To make:

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup puffed rice with 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 cup local honey, and 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter.
  3. Roll mixture into balls and store in the refrigerator.

(1 serving equals 1-2 balls)

Nut and seed banana slices

To make:

  1. Slice a banana in half, lengthwise.
  2. Spread each side with 1/2 tbsp. peanut butter.
  3. Sprinkle with unsweetened shredded coconut and other preferred toppings.

Tropical green smoothie

To make:

  1. In a blender, blend 1/2 small banana, 1/4 cup frozen pineapple, a handful of spinach, 1/2 cup lactose-free coconut yogurt, and 1/4 cup nut milk or coconut milk.
  2. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

4 even easier snack ideas!

Pressed for time or no appliances at-the-ready? Try these even simpler and equally delicious Crohn’s-friendly snack ideas:

Fruit and cheese snack plate

Make yourself a mini cheese plate with:

  • 1/3 cup grapes
  • 1 oz. brie
  • crackers

Mini antipasti skewers

Thread black or green olives, cherry tomatoes, basil, and prosciutto onto toothpicks. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper.

Tuna cucumber bites

Mix 1/2 cup canned tuna with 1 tbsp. light olive oil mayo, 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper, salt, and freshly cracked pepper. Scoop onto peeled cucumber slices.

Turkey veggie rollups

Slice zucchini, red bell peppers, and carrots into matchsticks. Roll 3 slices of turkey around veggies and eat!

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