We’ve got some great ideas for festive treats that are healthy and tasty! These recipes are perfect for this holiday season, but can also be enjoyed year-round. Whether you’re hosting or hitting the road to join the party, delight your friends and family with these great bladder-friendly recipes!
The following four recipes are made with ingredients less likely to irritate a sensitive bladder. Consider trying these recipes if you struggle with symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Overactive Bladder (OAB).
This easy-to-follow recipe is a tasty and buttery sweet snack. It’s great to enjoy it while taking care of your bladder health.
1 cup butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 quarts popped popcorn
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring the mixture, then boil without stirring for five minutes. Turn off the burner and proceed to stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over the already popped popcorn that should be sitting in a large bowl; stir the combined contents to coat the popcorn.
Place in large baking dishes and bake in the preheated oven; make sure to stir every 15 minutes for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Once it has fully cooled, you may begin breaking it into pieces. Serves about three people. Enjoy!
Banana Almond Smoothie
This recipe combines the great taste of bananas and almonds in a healthy smoothie. It’s a great treat for those with bladder issues such as IC or OAB.
1 frozen peeled banana, broken into 3 – 4 chunks
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
Combine all ingredients into your blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!
Candy Cane Cupcakes
These treats are tempting and yummy to enjoy for the holiday season and beyond. These cupcakes provide a safe bet for those who have OAB and IC.
1 box of white cake mix (roughly 18 oz.)
Water, vegetable oil, egg whites, etc. (ingredients called for on cake mix box)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon red paste food color
2 containers (12 oz. each) of fluffy white whipped frosting
1 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
Heat oven to 350 degrees F and place paper baking cups in 24 regular-size muffin pan cups.
In large bowl, blend the cake mix, water, oil, egg whites and peppermint extract, and divide the batter in half. Stir in food color to the first portion until it is red. In each muffin cup, place 2 tablespoons red batter; top with 2 tablespoons white batter. Swirl the batters together with a knife for an aesthetically pleasing marble look.
Bake for 19 minutes and cool for 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes from the pans and cool completely for about 20 minutes.
Frost cupcakes and top each with crushed peppermint candies. Enjoy!
Blueberry Streusel Scones
These tasty treats are perfect to enjoy first thing in the morning during the holidays. They’re also a safe bet for those with bladder health issues.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoon-size pieces of cold, unsalted butter
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cold butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly butter the baking sheet and place it in the center rack of the oven.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
Cut butter into pieces, and blend it into the flour mixture with your fingertips.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with the vanilla extract and whole milk.
Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir into a dough (careful, don’t over-mix the dough!).
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it a few times.
Mold the dough into a 7-inch round. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into four pie-shaped wedges and place the scones on the baking sheet. Lightly brush the scone tops with whole milk.
Whisk together the sugar, flour and cinnamon until a crumbly mixture results.
Gently apply 1 ½ teaspoons of the mixture on each scone top.
Bake scones for 20 minutes; cool scones briefly. Makes 8 scones. Enjoy!
Article source: Urology Care Foundation