C. difficile infection; Maintaining Nutrition

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As we know those combating a C-Diff Infection deal with the major symptom; diarrhea. This can cause a person to lose large amounts of water, alter electrolytes, and loose minerals.  However, certain foods can help one to overcome the symptoms of diarrhea. It is important to drink clear liquids such as juices, decaffeinated tea, or sports drinks, gelatin, frozen ices, and water. Bland foods are also appropriate such as applesauce, bananas, canned soft fruits, crackers, eggs, mashed potatoes, pretzels, smooth nut butters, toast, white rice and especially soups.

* Please Note:  If an individual is unable to maintain adequate hydration and nutrition, contact the Physician and seek medical attention as soon as possible.  Dehydration can be life threatening *

Soups provide fluid, sodium, calories and vitamins. One soup that provides fluid replacement, protein, maintains nutrition, and is relatively easy to prepare is a simple matzoh ball soup.

Recipe: Matzoh Ball soup

2 quarts of salted water
3 eggs,
¼ cup of oil
Large dash each salt and pepper
1 cup of matzoh meal(approx)

Bring water to a boil. While you are waiting for water to heat combine eggs, oil, salt and pepper. Then mix in matzoh meal, a little at a time, until the mixture is thickened but still sticky. Matzoh meal absorbs lots of water, so wait 10 minutes or so to see if you need more. Aim for your batter to feel like modeling clay.

Wet your hands and roll batter into balls; for large balls, roll them into the size of a small egg. For smaller balls, aim for walnut-sized. Drop balls into the boiling water, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Makes approx 12 small matzoh balls.

 

April 2014: K. Factor, R.D., MS – Chairperson of Nutrition Wellness