May: Mother’s Day Brunch
Nothing is more endearing than children preparing food for mom on Mother’s Day -- unless they don’t know which foods cause mom distress. Skip the large breakfast and caffeinated drinks! Instead, request a mini meal that will keep you feeling great all day long.
Tip: Whole grain waffles topped with blueberries or applesauce pancakes served with a mango smoothie is a simple, healthy meal that will get mom off to a great start on her special day.
June: At the Ball Game
Don't strike out with greasy burgers, foot-long chili dogs, pizza, and giant portions of French fries. Eating fatty foods and large portions are the ticket to fuel the discomfort of heartburn. Turn up the stomach acid even more if you wash it all down with beer or carbonated beverages.
Tip: A turkey or grilled chicken sandwich, hummus and veggies, soft pretzel, and water or a sports drink will keep you going strong until the 9th inning without that burning sensation.
July: Independence Day
Fourth of July backyard barbecues are as American as apple pie but if you overeat those favorites like ribs and fried chicken, the only fireworks will be the ones going off in your stomach. A belly full of high-fat and/or spicy foods slows down emptying of the stomach and can produce more irritating stomach acid.
Tip: Keep it small and simple with foods like light potato salad, grilled chicken or shrimp, baked beans, melons, grilled veggies or a salad. Avoid heavy spices, raw onions, and tomatoes. Ginger muffins or cookies for dessert include an age-old remedy to ease stomach problems.
August: Summer Picnics
A picnic basket at the beach or park is a summer delight as long as it doesn’t include the usual heartburn suspects. Avoid fried, fatty, and spicy foods whenever possible. And when it comes to drinks, remember that carbonated beverages can trigger heartburn.
Tip: Pack your picnic basket with sandwiches made with high-fiber whole grain bread, fresh fruit, veggies, and noncarbonated drinks. Hydrate with water or 100% juices like apple or grape. Fruit salad made with mango, melons, strawberries, and bananas are refreshing and hydrating snacks that are easy on the stomach.
September: Back-to-School and Fall Festivals
Whether you’re heading to a back-to-school breakfast or annual fall festival, beware of fiery fall foods. Battered, deep-fried diet disasters served on a stick are a recipe for heartburn. Stay clear of fried foods and caffeinated beverages to keep heartburn from ruining your fall fun.
Tip: For breakfast, enjoy a cup of herbal chamomile or ginger tea and a bowl of oatmeal topped with a sliced banana or chopped apple. A high-fiber meal can soothe your stomach and minimize acid production. At the fair, look for non-citrus fruits, veggies, lean meats, corn on the cob, even caramel apples will be kinder to your belly than most fried foods.