This Good-for-Your-Gut Green Smoothie is a combination I enjoy when my stomach isn’t cooperating with me. I’ve had digestive issues my whole life, and have experimented with many different foods for relief. This combination always makes me feel better!
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Want to know something funny? There was a time in my life where I viewed putting greens into a smoothie as disgusting.
Now look at me.
I’ve figured out a way to get the greens to not only completely blend into the smoothie without any less-than-appetizing chunks, but I’ve found a way to make it taste delicious.
If you’ve read this post, you know that I’ve struggled with digestive issues my whole life. From IBS to gallbladder removal, ya girl has had every pain in the book. It’s taken me years to figure out a diet that doesn’t have me keeled over or bloated to the point of looking pregnant. Lots of trial and error. Painful error.
This smoothie is a go-to of mine when my stomach is not letting me liveeee. Which it often does. My grandmother, who has also struggled with tummy troubles most of her life (now she has pancreatitis, too! horrible) has always told me I need to eat papaya. And of course, as expected, she is [always] right.
Why is papaya good for your gut? It contains papain, an enzyme that aids in digestion. People even go so far as taking ‘papaya’ supplements containing this enzyme. Me? I like the real thang.
Another food I like to incorporate into my smoothies to help things ‘move along’ is chia seeds. If you’re a subscriber to my e-mail list, you remember my 4-week chia seed series where I talked about why I enjoyed chia seeds and how they were beneficial to my digestive issues. THEY SO ARE. They are full of fiber, which is totally recommended for persons suffering from IBS or general digestive discomfort.
The main attraction in this smoothie, obviously (it’s green, people), is the spinach.
Most people look at spinach and think of Popeye. They only think of it as a nourishing food that helps build muscle and strong bones. But I actually like to incorporate spinach into my diet for its digestive benefits. Spinach aids in constipation, protects the stomach from ulcers (something the doctor thought I had at one point), and rids your body of toxins.
This organicgirl spinach is by far my favorite. For reals. Whenever I’ve enjoyed it, it feels like somebody just went to a nearby farm, picked me some spinach, washed it, and gave it to me.
Normally when I make smoothies, I put them in a bowl. Which means, I make them thicker. Which means, I either use a blender or my food processor. However, since getting the Nutribullet* for Christmas, I have become obsessed. I want to Nutribullet everything. Seriously, nothing is too hard or strong for this thing. I could throw giant carrot sticks in there and it would probably still work. Haven’t tried this… but I really think it would.
I have this theory, and it might be just me being crazy, but I believe that the order in which you insert food into the bullet matters. It can get confusing because you then turn the cup upside down to blend, so I try to think about what is going to hit the blade first. Hence why I put the frozen mango at the top, because when I turn it over, it’s going to be the first to the blade (and it’s obviously the most difficult ingredient to blend).
- 2 handfuls of organicgirl baby spinach
- ½ cup fresh papaya, chopped
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 1 tsp chia seeds (whole or ground)
- ½-3/4 cup almond milk (add more if it's too thick)
- 3 fresh strawberries
- Add ingredients to a bullet or blender.
- In order for spinach to completely break up and there be no particles, you must blend for a while. About 3 minutes. If it's not breaking up, just keep blending! It will eventually.
- Blend until completely combined and smooth.
If you’ve got tummy troubles, what do you eat/drink for relief?
What is a food that you’ve found to be something you need to avoid?
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