Best Portable Snacks for Gerd?

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   Posted 6/22/2011 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm newly diagnised, am at the beginning and have a very long way to go.  Can't tolerate much for foods at the moment.  I have to go to a Baby Shower in a couple of days and I know I will not be able to eat there.  I'll have something small before I go but it got me thinking...anyone got recommendations for a good portable snack?  Can't tolerate fruit, except sometimes an apple chewed well and eaten very slowly is ok.

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   Posted 6/22/2011 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you handle rice pudding?

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   Posted 6/22/2011 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,
I don't know, but I am willing to try.  Mostly I've been eating slowly chewed saltines, cheerios, bread and plain chicken or cooked carrots and sometimes an apple.
Not much agrees with me at the moment, but rice pudding is at least soft.  I'll give it a go and see what happens, thanks for the idea.
Waiting to get an endoscope done to see how my esophagus looks.  I can't swallow well and have been having tons of reflux.  Recently went on Protonix, hoping it'll help. 
Thanks, again.

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   Posted 6/22/2011 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KatherineG,

My most favorite food when I've had gastritis and bad reflux was egg custard. It was the only thing I could tolerate. There are lots of recipes on the internet.

Here's a recipe I've used:
Egg Custard

2 eggs
2 cups milk, scalded
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tsp. vanilla extract
Ground nutmeg


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Butter a 1-quart baking dish and place it in a roasting pan which has enough hot water to come halfway up the side of the baking dish. Place in the oven to heat.

Combine the eggs, and sugar, and whisk until thick and pale.

Heat the milk to boiling point and slowly add to the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Stir in the vanilla. Strain through a sieve into the baking dish and sprinkle with nutmeg. Place in the roasting pan and bake for 45 minutes, until set.

The custard is set when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Soothing, creamy, non acidic, foods are best...stay away from rough textured foods, as they irritate the esophagus and stomach lining.

Good luck!
I hope you feel better soon.

Post Edited (dencha) : 6/22/2011 7:32:40 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/22/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks, Denise. I'll give it a try!


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   Posted 6/23/2011 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I travel with plain low fat yogurt cups. If you can tolerate apples, then maybe applesauce cups would work for you. I always travel with a bottled protein drink as well.

I'm glad you started this thread, I'm always looking for new snack ideas for when I'm on the go, and with kids around that's pretty often. wink

Good luck. :-)

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   Posted 6/23/2011 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
All good ideas, thanks!

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   Posted 6/23/2011 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
How about a sandwich? You can make it whatever size you want. I usually dont have problems with bread.

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   Posted 6/23/2011 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I personally couldn't eat most of what others do and usually nothing that is served at these activities either. Bread which now has tons of preservatives, wheat, dry cereals with all those preservatives

I can eat applesauce, which comes in nice little containers - but get only the ones without anything added!
Activia yogurt is the only brand I can eat.
Pears are generally tolerated better than apples, but you might have to acquire a taste.
Other canned fruit without added sugar - not the little cups with preservatives, but put in your own little containers.
Oat and honey bars, but not any with dried fruit or chocolate or too much corn syrup - try individual ones at home
Boost High Protein vanilla, but not chocolate, strawberry or any other brands, no other styles - too many additives!
little containers of cooked oatmeal - not the instant stuff with additives White sugar only, add when you eat.
little container of plain white rice with a little butter and salt

I can make a chicken or beef (slices or chunks) salad with no dressing, keep that separate. I like fruit - pear or apple without skin, cranberries, sliced almonds. Needs refrigeration.

When cooking chicken you can add 1 or 2 individual spices, not mixed. AVOID lemon pepper! Add salt to meats after cooking to avoid shrinkage.

Keep some little wrapped plastic spoons in your purse.

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   Posted 6/24/2011 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of the ideas.

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   Posted 7/6/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
The day after my acid reflux was diagnosed, we left for a week at Disney. Nothing available but fast foods, and restaurants booked with meal reservations for people who don't show up! I did OK eating bananas, apples, All Bran multi-grain crackers, yogurt, and almonds. That was in March, and I still eat these foods frequently.
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