Tips from parents
Recipes for Constipation
These recipes were collected from various sources on the web and posted to SB-List. Credit is given where available.
Poop Goop" Recipe
1/2 pound figs
1/2 pound prunes
1 cup molasses **
1/4 pound powdered senna (from senna leaves if powder not available)
Grind figs and prunes very fine and mix together.
Warm the molasses.
Stir senna into molasses thoroughly.
Take the senna and molasses that has been mixed together off heat and put
in figs and prunes.
Stir well and preserve.
Dosage: Begin with 1/4 teaspoon every night before bed. It's a maximum dose
of 1/2 teaspoon per day. DO NOT EXCEED THIS MAXIMUM DOSE!!
Original recipe used honey instead of molasses. This was probably changed
because of the threat of botulism.
*Contributed by Chris Taloff
Power Pudding Recipe
yield 7 servings (1/2 cup each)
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup bran
3 cups diet liquid red gelatin*
1/4 cup prune juice
Mix all 4 ingredients and chill until almost set. Stir and portion into
seven 1/2 cup servings.
*made with 1 large box gelatin, 1 1/2 cups hot water, 1 1/2 cups cold water
Mix in a blender.
Thanks to St. Joseph's Hospital Dietary Department and Bonnie Meyer, RN
Senna and Prunes
Boil one ounce of senna leaves gently in one quart of water. Strain off
leaves and simmer liquid with one pound of prunes until all or most of
liquid has been absorbed. Eat one to three prunes every two to three nights.
Thanks to Lowell D. Katz, MD
Fruit Paste Recipe
1 pound prunes
1 pound raisins-pitted
1 pound figs
4 oz senna tea
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup lemon juice
Prepare tea using about 2 1/2 cups boiled water. Steep 5 minutes.
Strain tea to remove tea leaves and add only 1 pint tea to a large pot,
then add fruit. Boil fruit and tea for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and add sugar & lemon juice. Allow to cool.
Use mixer or food processor to blend fruit mixture into smooth paste.
Place in plastic container and place in freezer.
Remove what you need each day, paste doesn't freeze solid.
Dose: 1-2 tablespoons per day
Spread it on toast, eat off a spoon or add hot water and make a drink.
In a food processor mix the following ingredients:
12 oz. raisins
12 oz. dates
12 oz. prunes
8 oz. figs
2 oz. senna leaves or ground senna (in health food stores).
Spread in a greased 8"x12" pan and press to 1" deep. Top with graham
cracker crumbs. Cut into 1 inch by 1 inch bars and they can be frozen.
Try 1 bar a day to start. May be able to reduce to 1/2 bar later on.
8 ounces prunes, pitted
8 ounces dates, pitted
8 ounces raisins
3 ounces senna leaves (crushed) - available in health food stores
Blend all ingredients thoroughly with a meat grinder or food processor. (Do
not use an electric mixer)
Roll into one inch balls
Freeze. Store in sandwich zip lock bags (7 to a bag). May be stored in
take out one bag a week and keep in refrigerator
Eat one ball nightly
It may take several days to regain bowel regularity
If you are on a diabetic diet, note that one of these balls is equivalent
to one fruit
1 cup prunes, pitted
1 cup dates, pitted
1 cup raisins, seedless
1/2 cup orange juice
2/3 cup prune juice
Steam dried fruit over boiling water to soften
Blend thoroughly in food processor until of spreading consistency
Can be eaten alone or served on toast, crackers, hot cereal or other food
60 servings of 15 ml (1 tablespoon), each with 0.25 grams of fibre
Fruit Lax Recipe
125 mL (1/2 cup) pitted dates
310 mL (1 1/4 cup) prune nectar
125 mL (1/2 cup) figs
200-mL (3/4 cup) raisins
125 mL (1/2 cup) pitted prune
Simmer dates and prune nectar until dates are very soft. Put date mixture in a food processor and add figs, raisins and prunes. Blend to a smooth paste. Store in the refrigerator. Use as desired.
If you are not used to eating higher fibre foods, then introduce them
slowly as they may cause excess gas and bloating.
1/4 cup apple juice (or other juice)
1/4 cup applesauce (or other pureed fruit)
2 Tablespoons Psyllium Powder or Citrucel Powder
1 small box flavored gelatin
3/4 to 1 and 1/4 cup water
(Recipe by Nancy Faller, RN, BSN, CETN, Mendon, VT)