Bonfire Night might not be typically associated with foods and drinks that are laced with dairy products, but it can still cause an issue or two for those of us who suffer from an intolerance to dairy.
Let’s look at how you can negotiate one of the most iconic nights on the British calendar without worrying about your gut.
What foods should I avoid on Bonfire Night if I have an intolerance?
If you’ve recently discovered that you are intolerant to dairy, you needn’t feel like you can’t enjoy yourself whilst out and about.
There are some things you should keep an eye out for, though, if you want to avoid getting caught short with food intolerance symptoms in the park or at your local display.
Sweet treats like sponge cakes, popcorn and parkin contain butter and milk in the most part, but you will (hopefully) find that many vendors these days are explicit with what they put in their food.
If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to ask. If they are unsure, don’t hesitate to say no and choose somewhere else that has clearer lists of ingredients.
If you suspect that you are intolerant to dairy or lactose but you’re not certain, don’t take the risk of cutting all dairy-based foods out of your diet by way of self-diagnosis. You may be intolerant to a combination of foods.
While we wouldn’t recommend that you continue to eat foods that cause you discomfort on Bonfire Night (or any day or night, for that matter), you should always consult a GP to get a specialist’s assessment before making any dietary changes to your life.
It could be more damaging to your gut health to inadvertently stop consuming certain vitamins and nutrients without replacing them with alternative sources.
What can I eat on Bonfire Night?
There are plenty of alternatives available to those of us who can’t eat dairy products or, indeed, those of us who won’t due to either an intolerance or a lifestyle choice as a vegan – or both.
Take a look at some of our favourite recipes for a heart-warming evening in front of the bonfires and fireworks:
Many of us have leftover pumpkins from Halloween when we get to November 5th, so what better way to use them up than in a warm, delicious soup? This vegan recipe from Simple Vegan Blog will do just the trick if you want to prepare some soup to take out with you in a flask.
A classic British dish, the jacket potato is perfect for those cold nights. What’s more is that it gives you total freedom over what goes into your meal. This tasty vegan chickpea curry recipe from BBC Good Food will satisfy your hunger as well as help you avoid any dairy when it’s time for dinner on Bonfire Night.
Homemade toffee apples
Making the iconic Bonfire Night treat of Toffee Apples yourself is far better than buying them in a shop. You get to enjoy some fun time in the kitchen with the kids and you get to decide exactly what goes into the recipe. This BBC Good Food recipe is vegan-friendly as it doesn’t require any butter or margarine in the toffee mixture.
What can I drink on Bonfire Night?
If you already have a meal planned at home, you might want to add some hand-warming, tummy-warming drinks to the evening as well.
The range of vegan-friendly hot chocolate that’s now available in our supermarkets is astonishing and, quite frankly, utterly delicious. Green & Black’s cocoa is an absolute treat at the best of times, but it’s particularly pleasing when you’re huddled around the fire with your loved ones.
Add a splash of oat milk for some extra smoothness and you’ll make it a fifth of November to remember.
Dealing with a food intolerance
If you are concerned that you might have a food intolerance – dairy or otherwise – your GP may recommend that you take a food-specific IgG-guided test to identify the cause(s) of the problem (otherwise known as the trigger food(s)).
Our Food&DrinkScan Programme Plus gives you clear results of the analysis of your IgG reactions to hundreds of foods and drinks and provides nutritional guidance for making the appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Get in touch today to find out more.