A young woman experiencing a flare-up of Crohn’s disease is confused about what kinds of foods she should eat and asks the nurse for a sample menu. Which of the following is the nurse’s best suggestion for a breakfast meal?

  • grits with margarine, sliced banana, and apple juice
  • whole grain cereal with raisins, and one-half cup of coffee
  • breakfast sandwich with bacon, fresh tomato, and onion on wheat bread, and a cup of tea
  • bran waffles with crunchy peanut butter spread, and prune juice
Number 1 is correct.
A client experiencing a Crohn’s disease flare-up should follow a low-residue diet. The client should avoid foods that are difficult to digest, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, nuts, most raw fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and seeds. Cooked cereals such as grits, peeled fruits (banana or melon), and non-pulp juices would be examples of low-residue foods.