With the weather changing to be cooler for autumn, our tastebuds tend to crave flavors of fall. While some fall favorites aren’t IC friendly, many of them are. In fact, fall and winter flavors tend to be more IC friendly than the more citrus flavors of summer. We’ve gathered some delicious recipes that should be friendly for IC bladders, but as always check ingredients and be sure that you are using ingredients that work with your specific bladder diet.
Go for fall fruit
Pears, certain apples and pumpkin are friendly for most IC bladders. While pears and apples can be tasty snacks on their own, they are also great in recipes.
You can get a satisfying, soft crunch from fresh pears or enjoy some canned pears alone or over the top of low-fat cottage cheese. Using pears in baking can be a great way to incorporate fall flavors that are IC friendly and delicious.
Apples can be IC friendly in certain varieties. Gala, Fuji and pink lady apples, for example, are lower in acid and usually bladder friendly. Definitely try apples in small amounts with caution if you aren’t sure what will bother your bladder or not. If you can tolerate them, apples paired with peanut butter, on their own or a yummy caramel dip can make for a great treat throughout the fall season that they are fresh. Apples can be great in dishes as well.
Apple cake (if walnuts, which can bother some IC bladders, are a concern for you, you can simply omit them from the recipe.)
Apple pecan cornbread stuffing (gluten free)
Pumpkin is technically a fruit, so it goes into the seasonal fruit section. The good news is that pumpkin is everywhere in the fall and offers all sorts of delicious ideas while also being IC friendly. Even better, both canned and fresh pumpkin are IC friendly. The only warning is to watch out for canned pumpkin pie filling versus canned pumpkin. The pie filling with have other flavors and spices added that can maybe make it less bladder friendly.
Warm up with soup
Fall (and winter!) is a great time to enjoy soup. There’s something filling and satisfying about a warm bowl of soup on a chilly day. Pair it with some crusty bread or crackers and you have a perfect cool weather meal! Lots of soup recipes are IC friendly.
Cream of mushroom soup (The recipe calls for 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper for the entire recipe; however, you can omit the pepper if it bothers your bladder.)
Egg drop soup (Omit the green onion garnish if green onions bother your bladder. But note that green onions tend to be lower in acidity than white or yellow ones.)
Enjoy IC friendly seasonal flavors
Many autumnal flavors are not only delicious but IC friendly. Flavors such as cinnamon, caramel, and maple can tickle your tastebuds without making your bladder angry.
Sauteed apples (Try gala, Fuji or pink lady apples.)
Cinnamon apple pork chops (Try gala, Fuji or pink lady apples.)
Caramel apples (Try gala, Fuiji or pink lady apples.)
Toffee cookies (not technically caramel but very close flavor-wise)