Smoothies are a great way to absorb lots of delicious vitamins and nutrients in one hit – and although they shouldn’t be a substitute for proper meals on a regular basis, they can be a great way to get a balanced burst if you’re short on time.
When you’re looking to balance your digestive health, smoothies can also be a fantastic source of gut-loving ingredients which can in turn have a positive effect on your overall wellbeing. A few fantastic benefits of smoothies include:
*Source of pre-biotics and pro-biotics: Pre-biotics promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines, whilst pro-biotics are living microorganisms which can be taken to boost levels of healthy bacteria in the gut. Each of these smoothie recipes contains one or both for serious gut support.
*A great way to pack in lots of gut-loving ingredients: There are many different foods out there which can support digestive health – smoothies lend themselves perfectly to combining a number of these ingredients in one go for a concentrated source of gut-loving goodness.
*Ease digestion: If you’ve been struggling with bloating, gas, constipation or cramps, a soothing smoothie can help to ease these symptoms and help you rebalance your gut.
*Stabilize blood sugar: Some smoothie recipes are laden with high-sugar fruit which can spike your blood sugar and impact upon your metabolism and digestive health. These smoothie recipes all contain a good balance of proteins and fats to make them a satisfying and healthy meal replacement or snack.
Smoothies can also be combined with superfood or supplement powers to supercharge their powerful properties even further! Add a spoonful of Belly Fix to any of these recipes for additional digestive support.
Refreshing green ‘happy belly’ smoothie
This zingy, zesty green smoothie features anti-inflammatory pineapple and omega-rich avocado, fresh ginger (renowned for its digestive support) and cleansing parsley and lemon.
*One cup frozen pineapple
*1/2 frozen banana
*1/2 cup filtered water
*1/2 cup coconut water
*1/4 cup fresh parsley
*2 tablespoons avocado
*Spoonful Belly Fix powder
*Lemon or lime – one squeeze
Simply blend until smooth, and enjoy!
Beauty and the Berry Smoothie
This bright red smoothie is bursting with tasty berries (fresh or frozen), hidden spinach and fiber-full flax seeds as well as warming ginger for delicious digestive support. Electrolytes from the coconut water help to replenish lost minerals for optimal hydration, too.
*1 cup coconut water
*1/2 cup mixed berries (try to opt for low-sugar berries including raspberries and blueberries)
*1 cup spinach
*1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
*1-inch chunk fresh ginger root
Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Enjoy immediately!
Soothing Aloe Smoothie
As well as gut-healing aloe, this smoothie also features pro-biotic rich yoghurt or kefir and cinnamon for a digestive boost.
½ cup plant-based milk
½ cup kefir or yoghurt enriched with live cultures
1 cup spinach
1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup aloe vera juice/gel
Blend all ingredients until smooth – then taste and add more cinnamon or vanilla if you prefer your smoothie sweeter.
Decadent dark chocolate smoothie
Naughty but oh-so-nice – this smoothie pairs probiotics-rich yoghurt with raw cacao and coconut to banish bloating and satisfy your sweet tooth.
1 cup plain yoghurt (make sure it’s full-fat with live cultures)
1 small banana
½ cup ice
½ cup coconut milk
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon raw honey
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Coconut flakes and cacao nibs, to decorate
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then add the toppings and enjoy.
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