One of the best things about football season is the game day bites. But for the 44 percent of Americans who suffer from heartburn, cheesesteaks and onion rings can be a double-edged sword. Some of the foods we love most – tomatoes, garlic, peppers, cheese, citrus and even avocados – can turn a game day celebration into all-night aggravation. Luckily, we don’t have to resort to oatmeal and celery sticks. Here are some tasty and trendy ways to celebrate the big game without paying the big price.
Chicken Skewers with Yogurt-Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Both turkey and chicken are heartburn-safe proteins because they are low in fat. Simply skewer strips of boneless and skinless chicken breast and then brush them with a low-acid marinade. Bake or grill the skewers until done and serve with a simple dipping sauce of plain Greek yogurt and chopped cilantro.
Heartburn Fact: Many people believe that cilantro gives them heartburn, while in fact, cilantro is a common treatment for heartburn. The real cause of the discomfort usually comes from the spicy foods – like with Indian and Mexican cuisine – that cilantro is used to flavor.
Roasted Pork Summer Rolls with Hoisin Dipping Sauce
Unlike egg rolls or spring rolls, summer rolls are made with rice paper and are not fried. (Fried foods contain high amounts of fat that can cause heartburn.) Use lean, roasted pork tenderloin as the protein stuffer for these rolls, and add shredded lettuce, cooked rice noodles, julienned carrots, diced water chestnuts and chopped cilantro to round out the flavor and add crunch. Hoisin sauce is great for dipping.
Heartburn Fact: Summer rolls are usually served with peanut sauce for dipping, but for some, peanuts are a major source of heartburn. Hoisin sauce is starch-based (usually made from sweet potatoes, wheat or rice) and the sweetness marries well with the lean, roasted pork.
Shrimp Sushi Balls with Homemade Ginger Sauce
Both shrimp and rice are great heartburn-friendly foods. For this game day treat, make up a batch of sushi rice and add a healthy quantity of chopped, seasoned and cooked shrimp. Use plastic wrap to roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and serve with homemade ginger sauce for dipping.
Heartburn Fact: Ginger is often used to treat heartburn, but traditional ginger sauce contains a large amount of garlic. To ensure it is heartburn-friendly, make it yourself and either leave out the garlic completely or use only a very small amount.