Our favorite Za’atar, thanks to Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boite. Credit: Thomas Schauer
Enjoy a traditional Eastern Mediterranean savory low FODMAP dish that marries an herbal Za’atar blend of toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme and sumac, over chicken, with a fresh tabbouleh salad. The chicken is richly marinated in lemon zest, lemon juice, sumac, parsley, garlic-infused olive oil, and black pepper, then grilled, and finely brushed with a layer of Za’atar, sourced from master spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz. The zesty herbed chicken rests over a bed of gluten-free Quinoa Tabbouleh, a delicious combination of parsley, tomatoes, scallions, mint, quinoa, lemon, and olive oil. This perfect low FODMAP summer dish can be ordered for delivery today!
SAVE ROOM FOR COCONUT SHRIMP STEW!
This fresh and vibrant stew which combines French cuisine with a bit of Asian-inspired low FODMAP magic!
No thickening agents are used in this stew; it is thickened naturally with the fiber from the vegetables and coconut milk.
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SHARING CUSTOMER COMMENTS:
“The very best part (OF EPICURED) for me, as an accomplished cook, is that there are so many choices for more exotic fare, things I wouldn’t cook for myself. Epicured is a game changer for me: deliciously gluten-free, convenient and low FODMAP!
I love the Thai Green Curry, the Seared Lamb Medallions, the Pad Thai, The Chicken Lettuce Wraps and I always, always, order extra Turkey Chili as it freezes so well and is easy to thaw out if I know I’m going to have a busy day. And the two different kinds of Energy Bites are so delicious! They not only satiate my sweet tooth but they keep me full and are perfect to throw in my bag when I need to pack a snack.”
Top-5 Reasons People Snack at Night
And how to avoid a night-time snack attack…
FROM CARENA LOWENTHAL, MS, RD, CHWC, a registered dietitian here at EPICURED. Carena is also a certified health & wellness coach, and herself an IBS-sufferer. She works as our Concierge Dietitian to make sure customers have an excellent experience using Epicured to manage digestive illnesses.
Let’s first explore the top reasons people snack at night:
- They didn’t eat enough all day because of lack of time, they “forgot,” they didn’t have access to food, etc. and by night they are starving!
- Their minds are in the habit of nighttime snacking and it’s a hard habit to break. People can be conditioned to sitting in front of the TV/computer/with a book/etc. with a snack. Often this type of eating is completely mindless eating. Their body gets used to having snacks at night, and the body craves what it is used to at a certain time. Foods high in sugar, salt and fat are usually the biggest culprits: ice cream, cheese, crackers, chips and dips, Chinese food, pizza, and fast foods/fried foods. The body is craving food, or a certain food, just like “Pavlov’s Dog”. The body wants what it thinks is coming. By the way, the foods listed above are also not good for the GI system, especially with IBS.
- They are tired. When you are tired you get hungry, and because sugar acts as a quick source of energy, being tired can make you crave sugar. So, people go get a snack and feel like they have the extra energy to finish their project, their book, or make the extra updates to their social media outlets. What the body needs most is sleep, but they push the limits and burn the candle on both ends. Lack of adequate sleep is actually linked to obesity and many diseases like heart disease.
- It’s so emotional! It can be quite comforting to snack each night with a friend/spouse/kids and people don’t want to break that commitment/relationship or disappoint the other person. If you are lonely, food can be your companion. It can be a reward system to the self, such as “I dieted all day so I deserve it”, “I am so stressed out so it’s OK if I eat this just this once”, or “I’ll just eat this now and start the diet tomorrow”.
How to Avoid the Night Time Snack Attack:
- Eat a balanced diet during the day. Eat 3 meals a day and plan for a healthy snack in the early evening to prevent cravings. Make sure your meals and snacks have some protein and/or healthy fat.
- Break bad habits. Keep food in the kitchen, at the table, and at mealtimes. Do not allow yourself to bring food into the TV room or office. Break the sugar cycle by eliminating high sugar foods for 3 weeks. By then you will have kicked the “addiction” and be eating a healthier diet.
- If you do have a snack, plan in advance what it will be and how big it will be. Something that takes longer to chew will have a longer acting effect in your belly and you will eat less. Things that have fiber, protein, healthy fats will help stabilize your blood sugar throughout the night.
- Go to sleep. If you are really tired just turn off your mind, turn off the lights, and let your body rest and restore. Seal the meal. After dinner have a small dessert or snack and then brush your teeth (and floss), have a cup of herbal tea ready, and don’t have anything else. You are done.
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