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Happy Digestion Smoothie

by Nanci

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Photo by ohsheglows.com

While this smoothie is different from my regular morning protein smoothie, it makes for a lovely afternoon snack. You could probably add some hemp hearts to this one if you wanted to boost the protein enough for a morning drink.

This smoothie combines the power of many digestion-friendly and immune-boosting foods:

// Pineapple // Digestive and anti-inflammatory benefits, immune support. One cup gives you 105% of your daily Vitamin C requirements. I use frozen pineapple chunks in smoothies to save time.

// Fresh ginger // Soothes the intestinal tract and helps with digestion. Awesome for all kinds of gastrointestinal relief, such as morning sickness. Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.

// Fresh parsley // Rich in vitamins K, C, A, folate, and antioxidants. It’s a natural diuretic which can help release water retention. Opt for flat-leaf parsley as it’s less bitter than curly parsley. Cilantro would be a nice swap here too!

// Avocado // Major anti-inflammatory benefits + heart-healthy fats. High in fibre which aids with digestion.

// Banana // Rich in B6, manganese, Vitamin C, fibre, and potassium. Interesting to note – while bananas are high in sugar, they have a low glycemic index score which means that they won’t spike blood sugar levels. It’s soothing to the digestive track and thought to regulate the bowels and enhance friendly gut bacteria.

// Lemon // Rich in vitamin C. Aids digestion and helps flush out toxins.

[Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods]

I also add some coconut water and probiotic powder for an extra boost! Feel free to add a handful of spinach or kale too.

Happy Digestion SmoothieVegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free This green smoothie is packed with digestion-enhancing and immune-boosting foods like pineapple, parsley, ginger, avocado, and more. It makes a great afternoon snack.

Yield
2 1/4 cups
Prep Time
10 Minutes
Cook time
0 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping cup frozen pineapple chunks (or fresh, if desired)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons avocado
  • 1 teaspoon packed freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon probiotic powder, optional
  • lemon slice, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on the highest speed until super smooth.

Tips: 1) Feel free to add a handful of baby spinach. 2) Fresh mint would also give this smoothie a nice digestion boost!

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Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2015/02/12/happy-digestion-smoothie/#ixzz3gRVvQDRy

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