An overhead image of a mug of hot cocoa on a counter with some cinnamon sticks.

As someone who suffered from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) growing up, making healthy food choices was never an option for me; it was a necessity. But many of my clients and readers who have IBS tell me that they find it to be difficult to eat clean and healthy during the holiday season. In addition to finding the right probiotic to help with the dietary management of IBS, the trick is to know which ingredients trigger IBS symptoms, eliminate them, and prepare foods that will still please everyone’s palate.

So, today I’m sharing with you a few of my palate pleasing IBS-friendly recipes.

An overhead image of a mug of hot cocoa alongside some cinnamon sticks on a counter.

Probiotics are clinically proven to help with belly trouble such as IBS and ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch.

While many people are familiar with the general term “probiotics,” most do not understand the importance of knowing which specific strain of organism should be used for which specific disease or condition. Probiotics work in three areas of the gut: the microbial barrier, chemical barrier and physical barrier.

A up-close image of the mug of prepared hot cocoa on a counter.

And to show off a lovely (and super simple) recipe that can be belly-friendly and satisfying, here’s my Almond Milk Hot Chocolate (without sugar, dairy, gluten and soy!). You can serve this warm for an evening treat or as an afternoon pick-me-up sipper. The choice is yours but I know you’ll love the warming (and belly-soothing) feel this cup of hot chocolate will give you… just in time for the holidays!



'Creamy' Almond Milk Hot Chocolate
Serves: 2
A mug of 'Creamy' Almond Milk Hot Chocolate
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree



  1. Heat the almond milk over medium heat in a small saucepan.

  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil, then simmer for 2 minutes and season to taste with cinnamon and salt. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
'Creamy' Almond Milk Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 268mg12%
Potassium 338mg10%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 253mg25%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. 5 stars
    I made this and use Swerve sugar replacement instead of the honey or maple syrup and Mexican cocoa. It is delicious.