For the cornbread:
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup egg whites
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
1 cup oat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed and pureed
To complete the stuffing:
1 cup diced leeks
1/4 tsp salt
1½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
2 tsp thyme
2 tsp rosemary
2 tsp sage
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, stir the almond milk, applesauce, maple syrup, and egg whites together. Sift in cornmeal, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until all the ingredients are well-incorporated, and then mix in the pureed corn. Bake for about 20 minutes in a baking dish.
Sauté the leeks with salt on medium heat, adding tablespoons of chicken broth as needed. Add carrots and celery, and continue stirring until soft. Sprinkle in the thyme, rosemary, and sage. Crumble the cornbread, and mix in it with 1 cup chicken broth. Add in the rest of the broth to reach the desired consistency. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes to crisp the top.
But that’s not all you can do to avoid acid reflux during the holidays.
Here are five extra ways to prevent heartburn during holiday feasts:
- Don’t get stuffed. Eating a large amount of food quickly can increase your risk of reflux. Instead, eat smaller portions slowly.
- Take a walk, not a nap. Lying down right after a meal perfectly positions your body for acid to sneak into your esophagus. A better plan is to go for a walk to aid your digestion and wait at least three hours after eating before crawling into bed.
- Skip the drinks. Both alcohol and caffeinated beverages relax the lower esophageal sphincter, the barrier between your stomach and esophagus that opens and closes to allow food to enter your stomach — or acid to creep upward. They can also increase acid production and inflame the stomach lining, increasing the likelihood of heartburn.
- Pass on the gravy. Traditional gravy is often greasy and high in fat, so it’s best to avoid it entirely.
- Don’t fry your turkey. Keep it roasted instead. Fried foods are more difficult to digest and stay in your stomach for a longer time, leading to bloating and heartburn.