Improving gut health is best done with tasty treats, like smoothies. The following recipes represent four of the best for gut health.
1. Cinnamon Berry Bliss
Who doesn’t love the smell of cinnamon or its spicy taste when mixed with your favorite dessert? Many people might not realize that cinnamon is an excellent complement to gastrointestinal health, helping to ease gas, improve digestion, and aid glucose metabolism.
For this particular smoothie cocktail, you will combine the natural power of cinnamon with the healthy fats and fibers of avocado, berries, and greens to create a sensational and tasty beverage. The recipe is easy to follow, and the ingredients are not hard to find.
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
5 Drops vanilla extract
1 Cup kale
1 Cup frozen berries
1 1/2 Cups plant milk (Dairy-free)
Add all ingredients to a blender, blending until smooth or until it reaches a consistency to your liking. If you prefer to use fresh berries, you might want to add some ice cubes to the blend.
2. Gut Health Probiotic Smoothie
Probiotics are the pinnacle of gut health, which is why this smoothie focuses on making the most of these good bacteria. In addition to probiotics, this green smoothie uses mixed greens, cinnamon, and aloe vera juice to aid digestive health. This recipe, again, is simple and easy to follow.
1 Cup spinach or other leafy green
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 Cup plant milk (Dairy-free)
1/2 Cup kefir or yogurt (Dairy-free)
1 Ounce aloe vera juice
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If you like your smoothies sweeter, you can add more vanilla or cinnamon.
3. Raspberry-Peach Swirl
Are you in the mood for something sweet that can be used to replace your breakfast on a busy morning? Consider the raspberry-beach smoothie. The recipe uses frozen fruit, Greek yogurt, ginger, and other healthy ingredients to pack a powerful probiotic punch. The recipe is a two-parter, so pay close attention to the directions.
1/3 Cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 Teaspoon ground ginger
2 5.3oz Cartons nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 Cup frozen unsweetened raspberries (Thawed)
1 1/2 Cups frozen peach slices
1 Ripe banana, frozen for a minimum of 2 hours and cut into 2“ chunks
Fresh raspberries (optional)
Combine the raspberries and orange juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Empty the contents of the blender into to glasses evenly.
Wash the blender, and then combine the remaining ingredients inside and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into the two glasses, swirling as desired.
4. Pear Cardamom Oats Smoothie
Did you know that eating whole grain oats can increase the number of good bacteria in your gut? Additionally, several studies have indicated that dietary fiber is crucial to digestion and overall health. In this creamy recipe, you will enjoy the rich texture of oats combined with the sweetness of pears.
1/4 Cup old fashioned, organic rolled oats
1 Cup organic oat, plant-based beverage
2 Teaspoons honey
1/4 Teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 Cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. It is best to start on the low setting, finishing on high for one to two minutes, depending on how you prefer your smoothies.
While there are many more smoothie options for gut health, these four include some of the best ingredients. However, do not limit yourself. Everyone has different tastes and preferences.
What are your favorite smoothie recipes? Leave a comment below.