Celebrating Easter brunch with orange juice, half a grapefruit, or a Mimosa could undermine your holiday happiness. Citrus products and tomatoes are well known acidic foods and drinks that commonly trigger heartburn, especially on an empty stomach.
Tip: You can enjoy a delicious and nutritious traditional meal of eggs, lean ham, roast lamb, asparagus, baby carrots, and roasted sweet potatoes. Pair your meal with non-citrus, high-fiber fruit like blackberries or melon, along with a glass of cranberry or apple juice.
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.