I drink smoothies and superfood drinks like its my job.
There’s something about the combination of flavors, the pre-digested fibers, and the ease of throwing everything into the blender to whizz up that I just can’t get over.
But, not all smoothies feel good.
Sometimes drinking a smoothie can lead to cramps and bloating just the same as that huge Thanksgiving dinner you swore you wouldn’t indulge in this year.
And that’s frustrating, right? You go to be healthy, drink healthy, healing, good… and then it. just. hurts.
If you’ve been slurping the green or fruit or superfood smoothies and noticing any digestive upset, here are my top smoothie add-in’s that you can throw in to make that cold/yin smoothie more warming/yang- or in other words: smoothie add-in’s to lose the bloat.
1. Spices: Cinnamon, Ginger, Cayenne, Cardamom
We add in the fruits and the nut milks and the superfoods, but many of us forget a very important part of a balanced meal in our smoothies: spices.
Cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne powders have warming properties that speed up heat in the digestive system and work with the other ingredients in the smoothie to rev up the metabolism to get things brewing. They warm the body from the inside out. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine realize that spices are one of our greatest tools in the modern day kitchen, and use these specifically to generate a warmth in the body.
The volatile oil in cardamom has been proven to soothe the stomach and intestines, making cardamom an ideal solution for a host of digestive problems, such as constipation, dysentery, and indigestion.
Plus, adding these spices makes smoothies just taste phenom.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is extremely soothing to the digestive tract. It has the ability to go in and coat the lining of the colon, helping to heal any possible gaps in what many people call leaky gut. I generally use fresh aloe in the morning with lemon, but it can also be added to smoothies without any particular taste difference in the smoothie.
3. Coconut yogurt and/or kefir
Using fermented foods such as coconut yogurt is a great way to add beneficial bacteria and live enzymes to your smoothie that will help predigest it even better. Here’s the recipe for the one you can make at home!
Last but not least, one very important tip:
CHEW and go slow!
Carbohydrates begin their digestion in the mouth. The saliva that comes when we chew is necessary in digesting any food, so if we slurp our smoothie down with no chewing at all, we will most likely end up with gas or indigestion- not fun!