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C. difficile; Maintaining Hydration – Ice Pop Recipes

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Pops
Gluten Free
Recipe yields six ice pops.

 

 

 

 

1 13.5 oz can of full-fat organic coconut milk
3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, of your choice
1/2 cup coconut sugar (maple sugar, brown sugar would also work)
generous pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup and 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, vegan or gluten-free
Place both milks, coconut sugar (or sugar of your choose) and salt in a small saucepan and cook stirring over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let cool for a bit, then stir in vanilla. Divide the 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips between the bottoms of the Popsicle molds. (reserve the remaining chips for later). Fill the ice pop molds with milk mixture leaving a small amount of room on top. *do not put sticks and covers on at this time * Freeze until only partially frozen, about 1 to 2 hours. Remove from freezer adding the remaining half of the chips. Insert sticks and freeze until totally solid.

 

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Strawberry (Coconut  is Optional) Frozen Fruit Pops
and/or Smoothie

Gluten-free, Vegan (Organic) with no added sugar.
Recipe yields six frozen pops or one large smoothie


1 cup fresh organic strawberries, cleaned and peeled
1 frozen organic banana
3/4 cup Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk
1/2 cup ice cold cold water
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut ** optional
Add all of the ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. When making the frozen fruit pops pour the mixture into the Popsicle mold and chill for a minimum of 4 hours or until completely solid.
For a Smoothie: Pour blended mixture into a glass and serve.

Maintaining Hydration + Nourishment during a Clostridium Difficile infection

soupchicken3Our bodies depend on water and every cell, tissue and organ depends upon water to operate efficiently. The body uses water to maintain temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints and water makes up for more than half of our body weight.  When it comes to hydration water is the best option. There are other fluids and foods that can aid in providing water needed. Fruit and vegetable juices, broths, milk, sports drinks can contribute to the amount of water you should get each day. Limiting caffeinated beverages is recommended as caffeine may cause fluid shifts from body tissue to intestines promoting elimination and some to urinate more frequently, create anxious or jittery symptoms. A moderate amount of caffeine, 200 to 300 milligrams, equivalent to 2 to 4 eight-ounce cups of a caffeinated beverage per day. Water rich foods such as watermelon, tomatoes and lettuce can aid in warding off dehydration.

Is your body low on water?

You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. Water is lost from the body even faster when combating an infection or being out in the hot weather. Individuals exercising in hot weather, ill with a fever,or vomiting and having bouts of diarrhea are at a higher risk of dehydration. The elderly are also at a higher risk of dehydration due to decreased senses that contribute signaling the body of the feeling of thirst.  When the lost fluids are not replaced, dehydrated occurs.  Offering fluids frequently to older individuals will aid in maintaining hydration.  Monitoring urine color during the day is another way to know if the body is well hydrated: When the urine is colorless to a light yellow in color hydration is being maintained.  If the urine is dark yellow in color, the body is in need of additional fluids.  How much is enough?  The average daily intake required for a healthy body is 8 eight ounce glasses of fluids a day.  There are various circumstances for each individual.  Individuals diagnosed with heart conditions (i.e., Congested Heart Failure, etc.) may be instructed by their health care providers to limit fluids in their daily diet. Patients diagnosed with altered kidney functions will also be placed on their own daily fluid intake program.  Discussing your daily fluid intake, with your physician or professional health care provider, is suggested.

What are some symptoms of dehydration? Little or no urine, with a urine color that is of dark yellow, Dry mouth, Sleepiness or fatigue, Extreme thirst, Headache, Confusion, Feeling dizzy or lightheaded, No tears when crying

It can be very difficult to recognize dehydrated, especially in the elderly. Preventing dehydration by drinking plenty of water, and following your health care providers recommendations,  can prevent dehydration.

If you are unable to maintain hydration for any reason, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Contact your Primary care physician to report symptoms and/or visit a local clinic/hospital for medical care.

A quick and easy recipe for Chicken, Zucchini, and Spinach Soup to maintain hydration and help stay nourished.

Total prep time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:  2 Chicken breasts, 4 cups broth of choice (Vegetable, Chicken, Beef), 4 cups water, 1 large zucchini, 1 yellow onion, 1 Tomato diced, 1 bag of fresh or frozen spinach, 2 cloves minced garlic, 3/4 cup Tomato sauce.

In a large stock pot add the water, broth, and the two chicken pieces. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer allowing the chicken to cook thoroughly (approx. twenty minutes).  After twenty minutes remove the chicken from the broth and cut the chicken into cubes.  While broth is simmering add chicken cubes back into the stock pot and continue to cook on medium/low heat.  Chop the zucchini, onion, and tomato into small cubes and add them into the stock pot, stir in the spinach, garlic, and tomato sauce. Cover and cook for fifteen to twenty minutes for vegetables to cook.  *Options: In a separate pot boil water for pasta egg noodles, or rice, or orzo to be served with the vegetable soup.  This is a low fat recipe. Sodium content can be controlled by choosing a low-sodium broth. Salt and Pepper to taste.  Buon appetito.

Maintaining Hydration

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The importance of maintaining hydration: 

Our bodies depend on water and every cell, tissue and organ depends upon water to operate efficiently. The body uses water to maintain temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints and water makes up for more than half of our body weight.  When it comes to hydration water is the best option. There are other fluids and foods that can aid in providing water needed. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk,sports drinks can contribute to the amount of water you should get each day. Limiting caffeinated beverages is recommended as caffeine may cause fluid shifts from body tissue to intestines promoting elimination and some to urinate more frequently, create anxious or jittery symptoms. A moderate amount of caffeine, 200 to 300 milligrams, equivalent to 2 to 4 eight-ounce cups of a caffeinated beverage per day. Water rich foods such as watermelon, tomatoes and lettuce can aid in warding off dehydration.

Is your body low on water?

You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. Water is lost from the body even faster when combating an infection or being out in the hot weather. Individuals exercising in hot weather, ill with a fever,or vomiting and having bouts of diarrhea are at a higher risk of dehydration. The elderly are also at a higher risk of dehydration due to decreased senses that contribute signaling the body of the feeling of thirst.  When the lost fluids are not replaced, dehydrated occurs.  Offering fluids frequently to older individuals will aid in maintaining hydration.  Monitoring urine color during the day is another way to know if the body is well hydrated: When the urine is colorless to a light yellow in color hydration is being maintained.  If the urine is dark yellow in color, the body is in need of additional fluids.  How much is enough?  The average daily intake required for a healthy body is 8 eight ounce glasses of fluids a day.  There are various circumstances for each individual.  Individuals diagnosed with heart conditions (i.e., Congested Heart Failure, etc.) may be instructed by their health care providers to limit fluids in their daily diet. Patients diagnosed with altered kidney functions will also be placed on their own daily fluid intake program.  Discussing your daily fluid intake, with your physician or professional health care provider, is suggested.

What are some symptoms of dehydration? Little or no urine, with a urine color that is of dark yellow, Dry mouth, Sleepiness or fatigue, Extreme thirst, Headache, Confusion, Feeling dizzy or lightheaded, No tears when crying

It can be very difficult to recognize dehydrated, especially in the elderly. Preventing dehydration by drinking plenty of water, and following your health care providers recommendations,  can prevent dehydration. 

If you are unable to maintain hydration for any reason, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Contact your Primary care physician to report symptoms and/or visit a local clinic/hospital for medical care.

Suggested Foods during Sick Days: 15 grams of Carbohydrates = 60 calories

The combination of 1 cup of chicken soup with noodles, 6 saltine crackers, 1/2 cup geletin, and 1/2 cup ginger ale equals 60 grams of carbohydrates. When taking in a full meal is not possible, take in smaller amounts of carbohydrates more often during the day. Food and fluids during vomiting, diarrhea episodes is important for all patients, even more so with patients living with Diabetes. Contact healthcare professionals and/or seek medical attention when it is not possible to maintain hydration.