25 Best Foods for Crohn's and Colitis

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When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis I had NO IDEA what to eat. So, I pretty much ate whatever I wanted, which included frequently consuming my favorite foods, fried chicken and ice cream.


While going to school for nutrition and becoming a registered dietitian I drastically changed my diet and saw significant improvements in my health including reduced symptoms. Not everyone will have the same experience as I did but consuming a wide variety of nutritious foods can only help you feel better. I know everyone has different foods they can/can’t tolerate, but that’s why I developed a quick list of foods frequently tolerated by my clients. Know that these foods may not be right for you but these are tolerated by most of my clients. Ask your doctor or dietitian if these foods might be good for you.


Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnose, or treat medical diseases. It is strictly for informational purposes. Prior to undertaking any change in treatment or diet seek the advice of your physician.This blog post does not replace individualized medical nutrition therapy or medical advice.



1.    Lean chicken breast & ground chicken breast

2.    Lean turkey breast & ground chicken breast

3.    Fish (such as cod, tilapia, & bass)

4.    Fatty fish (such as salmon, halibut, & tuna)

5.    Firm tofu

6.    Nut/seed butters

7.    Nut/seed meals

8.    Potatoes (especially cooked then cooled),rainbow potatoes

9.    Rice

10.  Rice pasta

11.  Gluten free oats

12.  Carrots, rainbow carrots

13.  Sweet potatoes/yams

14.  Peeled cucumbers

15.  Blended or cooked spinach

16.  Zucchini

17.  Yellow squash

18.  Butternut squash

19.  Spaghetti squash

20.  Olives

21.  Bananas

22.  Unsweetened applesauce or peeled & baked apples

23.  Blended blueberries

24.  Olive oil

25.  Avocados


Are any of the foods listed surprising to you? If so, please comment below. Also, if this list was helpful you might find my flare friendly food list for the COVID-19 lockdown helpful too. CLICK HERE to get your free copy.


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