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smoothie add-ins for optimal digestion + a mint chip {very} green smoothie

Posted Jun 13 2013 10:09pm

You know, there are some nights that the Vitamix (my full-powered, precarious veggie pulverizer) and I just fall in love. Okay, you caught me- I fall in love every time we make creations together. Perhaps the reason I love it so much is the way it can make a supremely nutrient dense meal all in one stop- with easy clean up too ;-)

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves- not all smoothies can be qualified as health or life force generating, especially if we have a weak digestive system.

So as you may or may not know, raw foods can potentially be rough on the system, as well as cold foods like all the ice and frozen fruit we are so used to pumping up our smoothies with. But here’s the thing: we still want to eat the raw foods because of all the intact digestive enzymes they contain and all the life-force energy that they bring.

If you ever feel bloated, tired, or spacey after your full fruit smoothie; or you’re just interested in making one that’s more nutrient dense- here are some things that you can add in to do just that!

  1. Add good quality colostrum: It may sound yucky to you- but colostrum is the “immune milk” produced by all mammals for only the first few hours before and after birth. It’s loaded with immune and growth factors and is technically one of natures most perfect foods. It also just so happens to coat and line our digestive tract. You can order some in powder form at Surthrival . A very trusted company; plus they make sure that the calves get the milk first! (Grass-fed cows of course!)
  2. L-glutamine powder- a very important amino acid in reforming the intestinal lining, and one that can be missing from the diet. I got mine at Whole Foods.
  3. Slippery Elm powder- an herb that helps with Reflux and with the lining of the stomach. Widely used in Ayurvedic traditions.
  4. Probiotics: instead of taking a probiotic capsule in the morning (something everyone should be doing!) empty the content into your smoothie. It’ll make everything in there absorbed better.
  5. Try skipping the banana- Don’t get me wrong: frozen or fresh bananas are one of the most delicious foods everrrrr: but the high sugar content can stress the tummy out, especially if you have a yeast situation . Swap for 1/4 of an avocado. You’ll be amazed at how creamy your smoothie will get. **If bananas feel good in your body- by all means!
  6. Add one type of herb that stimulates digestion: choose mint or ginger- your choice!
  7. Try proper food combining : although it doesn’t always work or matter, if you want to optimize your digestion or lose weight, eat fruit alone and on an empty stomach. This means saying goodbye to fruit for dessert!
  8. Drink slowly! Even I– the appreciate your healing food as much as you can until you explode, gal– can sometimes slurp down my smoothie before I even know it’s gone! Especially since smoothies are really a whole lot of food in one glass, it’s best to drink slow. Savor.

You know, the reason I love my smoothies so much is because I get to get all of my superfoods, healers, and magic working supplements in with one shot! Now, just be careful- some supplements can taste yucky, but the ones that I’ve shared above are pretty taste free, so you are all set!

Here’s a delicious recipe for a mint-chip green smoothie. A really green smoothie! Fruit and sugar free, easily absorbed, and quite delicious if I do say so myself.

  • 1-4 cups spinach (I used 4; if you’re digestion is in a less than optimal state, I’d start with less)
  • 1/4 avocado- cream factor
  • 1/2 zucchini- peeled
  • 1 cup water or coconut water (or almond milk if you wanna go there!)
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 probiotic capsule
  • 1/4 tsp each of slippery elm, l-glutamine, and spirulina
  • 1 tbsp colostrum
  • pinch of vanilla bean powder
  • 1 tbsp lucuma (natural low-glycemic sweetener- optional)
  • stevia or dates to sweeten
  • large scoop of coconut butter to add on top! (and by large scoop, I mean large scoop)

Now, go on! Do something today to detoxify, heal, coat, and protect your gut: it’s here that health truly truly begins!

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