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How to enjoy a Low FODMAP Christmas

Following a low FODMAP eating plan can often limit food options. This should not impact your enjoyment over the festive period. With endless parties, gatherings and ultimately Christmas day, it would be nice to have a list of “safe” foods that you know are not going to send you to the bathroom or leave you doubled over with trapped wind. Particularly if you are wearing a fitted Summer outfit!

I have trawled the web and found my pick of suitable Christmas recipes so that you don’t miss out on the fun.

Low FODMAP Starters

Roasted Chickpeas

Cucumber and Dill Infused Cottage Cheese

Antipasto Skewers

And of course my Christmas Caprese Wreath (see image below). This is a breeze to make, with some Bing Crosby carols in the back to get in the mood.

Simply place a grape tomato, mini mozzarella ball and basil leave on a toothpick and decorate on a round platter. Voila!

Caprese wreath

 Low FODMAP Mains

Spiced Cherry Bourbon Glazed Ham


Chicken and Rice Vermicelli Salad

Potato Salad

Sweet Treats

Dark Chocolate Dipped Rice Cakes

Berry Pavlova – substitute with Lactose Free thickened cream

Christmas Chocolate Bark


And lastly an entire book of tasty low FODMAP recipes courtesy of Monash University, the home of FODMAP research and resources. Available here.

I hope this has provided you with some fresh ideas for Christmas food minus the digestive upset.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Madeleine, THG 🍍

This post first appeared on That Healthy Girl blog and was written by Madeleine Baumgart

Christmas Treats

Strawberry Christmas Fizzer

This drink came in handy while I was cooking, it kept me cool and ensured I didn’t muck up the recipe as it is non-alcoholic!

If strawberries aren’t your thing you can always substitute for raspberries, and also add a nip of Chambord to make it alcoholic.

Here’s what to do.

To make strawberry ice cubes:

Puree a punnet of strawberries in a blender and pour into an ice cube tray. Freeze until ready to use.

To make the drink:

Once frozen, add one or two strawberry ice cubes to the glass.

Next add 30mLs lime juice cordial.

Fill the glass with sparkling mineral water (depending on the size of the glass, ~250mL).

Stir well.

Garnish with fresh strawberries and fresh mint (our mint was from the garden, always tastes better!).

Enjoy the flavours and share with friends.

The mint really finishes it
The mint really finishes it
Christmas Treats

Christmas Baking

We added some Chambord to this mixture for extra sweetness
We added some Chambord to this mixture for extra sweetness

Seasons greetings readers. It has been awhile between posts, and with Christmas even closer I felt it time to update the site with some festive recipes. I am fortunate enough to be in Toowoomba at the moment for my nephew’s 5th birthday, and also helping my sister to prepare a Christmas roast. It’s been another scorcher today but thankfully we are nice and cool inside.

My very talented sister has shared some recipes with me, so I thought I would share them with you. The festive strawberry mock tail was especially refreshing while cooking. The mulled wine is a family favourite that is made at least twice a year (for Christmas in July) and is simply delightful. The aromas of cinnamon, orange and red wine almost transport me back to Europe, where I attended some Christmas markets in Cologne, Germany a few years ago. If I wasn’t feeling festive before, I certainly was when I left. The festive spirit was evident around every corner, and I will never forget sampling the gluvine, egg nog and candied almonds.

Without the snow and real pine Christmas trees in Australia, it is still possible to get that festive feeling with some specific ingredients. This year I will be up the coast with my extended and immediate family, and look forward to a relaxed time with everyone. I hope that whatever you get up to, you take time out to relax, enjoy quality time with your loved ones, and most importantly, eat plenty of tasty food!

Happy holidays, That Healthy Girl.

Chilled Mulled Wine

Serves: 4

Prep: 5 minutes (+30 mins infusing and 2 hours chilling time)

Cooking: 5 minutes


1L light red wine (such as pinot noir or tarrango)

½ cup caster sugar

1 orange, quartered, each quarter thinly sliced crossways

10 whole dried cloves

2 x 7cm cinnamon sticks

1 vanilla bean, split

2 tbs Cointreau liqueur

8 strawberries, washed, hulled, quartered

Ice to serve


  1. Combine the wine, sugar, orange, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Set aside for 30 minutes to infuse.
  2. Add Cointreau and stir to continue. Transfer to a jug and place in fridge for 2 hours to chill.
  3. Add strawberries to the wine mixture. Divide ice among serving glasses. Pour over mulled wine and serve immediately.