In yesterday’s post I talked a bit about gut health in relation to acne and today I wanted to share a smoothie chalked full of gut healthy ingredients that I’ve been making and enjoying in the mornings.
I’m not a huge breakfast person and I still do a bit of intermittent fasting as well as celery juice every now and then. However, if I am hungry in the morning, I’m usually reaching for a smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to start your day off right by getting in a ton of fruit and veggies.
All the foods in this smoothie are known to be good for your gut. Like I mentioned yesterday, fermented foods are the most talked about types of food when it comes to gut health, but they aren’t the only option.
Gut Healing Smoothie Superfoods
I recently discovered just how good Mangos are for digestive health. I honestly had no idea, but immediately went out and bought two bags to add to my morning smoothie. Mango is full of enzymes that break down large food molecules, making them more easily absorbed. They also contain plenty of dietary fiber that also aide in digestive health.
Of course bananas make the list. Bananas are full of nutrients such as potassium, magnesium and essential vitamins. But what makes them so good for the gut is the fact that they are full of dietary fiber that feeds the healthy gut bacteria as well as aides in healthy digestion.
Another common food you’ll see pop-up in any gut health research is ginger. For years, ginger has been used as a treatment for an upset stomach and nausea, but it is also good for your gut! Ginger helps to reduce symptoms such as bloating and IBS as well as reduce inflammation within the digestive tract, making it a great advocate for healthy digestion.
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable as well as one of the most nutrient rich vegetables out there. While it might not be the best tasting, putting it in a smoothie is a great way to make sure you are getting some into your diet. Kale is full of antioxidants and it is a good source of fiber. Both of which help with digestion.
Blueberries are considered a superfood. So not only are they delicious, but they are also incredibly healthy. Again, they are full of fiber which not only helps aid in digestion, but also helps to promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, bone broth comes highly recommended as a way to heal your gut. However, if sipping on bone broth or making a soup with bone broth doesn’t sound appetizing to you, a great alternative is collagen. Collagen is found in bone broth and makes up 25-35 percent of our bodies natural protein which includes the gut. Collagen starts to decrease by age 25 so it is important to start supplementing it to help keep up a healthy gut as well as healthy digestion.
Cucumbers are actually a strong contender when it comes to a healthy gut. Because they have a high percentage of water and are also a good source of fiber, they will help to keep your digestion on track which in turns helps to keep your guy healthy.
I’ve included a few more things in the smoothie recipe below. Flax Seed, Chia Seeds, and Coconut water which are all great additions to a gut friendly diet.
If you make this let me know what you think! I’ve been a huge fan of it…it is both delicious and refreshing. Plus I know that I am treating my gut to a little health boost first thing in the morning. Win-Win-Win.