Several medically approved recipes for Crohn's disease sufferers are available on the Everyday Health website, according to Alyssa Etler writing for Everyday Health. The website also features Crohn's-friendly recipes from Joy Bauer, MS, RD, a bestselling author and health and nutrition expert for the "Today Show."
Many vegetables and fruits are full of fiber, which can cause diarrhea and cramping in Crohn's sufferers, explains Etler. Cooking the produce first, like in a grilled pepper salad, breaks down the fiber so the body can digest it better. The recipe calls for bell peppers, tomatoes and olives. Extra virgin olive oil, salt and balsamic vinegar are added for dressing.
Fat is hard for people with Crohn's to absorb and digest, which Etler says can promote diarrhea. French fries are one of the most fatty foods, but oven fries give Crohn's sufferers an alternative. The recipe calls for baking wedge-cut potatoes after tossing them in extra virgin olive oil, thyme and salt.
The digestive tract is aggravated by caffeine, including the little contained by chocolate, states Etler. While nuts and citrus fruits are sometimes problematic, dessert does not have to be off the menu. Pastries such as apple cake with hot coconut-brown sugar avoid these issues.
Some recipes from Bauer include vegetable frittata muffins, chicken noodle soup and chocolate protein pudding. Bauer notes that while the ingredients in these recipes are recommended to people with Crohn's disease in general, some foods affect people differently.