As the days warm up, smoothies start to sound more and more appealing. Not only are they an excellent way to fuel your body, they'll also help you feel cool, calm, and refreshed. Now imagine all that alongside ingredients known to maximize gut health. Intrigued? Here are a few tips (and recipes) to get you started.
How to Take Your Summer Smoothies from Good to Great
Beet Powder: Want to stop inflammation? Then beets are for you. Beets are full of pigments called betalains. Not only do they give beets that gorgeous color, they may also help to reduce inflammation. Less inflammation means better health overall, including better digestive health. Research into the connection between betalains and inflammation is still ongoing, but what's clear is beets have plenty of good stuff. Between the vitamins and fiber, they're well worth adding to any summer smoothie. Beet root powder makes it easy to work more beets into your life - just mix a scoop in with your favorite recipe and you're good to go.
Flax: Like it or hate it, there's no denying that flax is an effective way to improve your digestion. Not only does it contain plenty of soluble fiber, you'll also find a huge concentration of inflammation-fighting Omega-3s. Less inflammation means more efficient digestion (and potentially fewer IBS flare ups). Add a little to your favorite smoothie recipe, or try one of these variations: https://willamettetransplant.com/flax-seed-smoothie/
Super Greens Powder: There's not much to say about greens powder that we haven't said already: it's easy, it's tasty, and it's full of the probiotics, enzymes, and nutrition your gut needs to work at its best. Add a scoop to your go-to smoothie to transform it into a gut-supporting powerhouse.
Ginger: Ginger has been used for its healing properties for millenia, and it's not hard to see why. A natural anti-inflammatory with antimicrobial properties, ginger creates an environment ideal for helpful bacteria. With its distinctive flavor, a little bit of ginger goes a long way. Try adding a teaspoon or two of fresh grated ginger to your favorite smoothie mixture. Or try this ginger-based Healthy Gut Smoothie: https://www.theroastedroot.net/healthy-gut-smoothie/
Turmeric: Incorporating turmeric into your summer smoothies adds a burst of flavor. It also adds a burst of all-around inflammation fighting power. Though not everyone is into its unique taste, this spice plays well with many common smoothie ingredients. Check out this turmeric-based drink for a great recipe to begin with: https://www.abalancedbelly.co.uk/recipe-gut-friendly-smoothie/
Cinnamon: Cinnamon may be better known for its role in baked goods, but there's more to this spice than meets the eye. Add cinnamon to your smoothies to help break up intestinal gas and move your digestion along. Mix it with berries, greens, and healthy fats (like in this recipe: https://helloglow.co/4-healthy-gut-smoothie-recipes/) to support your gut and your overall health.