Between driving to Michigan for 20 hours at 30 weeks pregnant and tearing down a wall to renovate the kitchen, the past two weeks have been crazy. Not only is it difficult to manage eating healthy while visiting someone else’s home, it is also more difficult with such a long road trip, and with a halfway non functioning kitchen. You have to get creative. My digestion has been out of whack. I decided to create a smoothie recipe that was easy, no fuss, and that would help me get my digestion back on track!
This is a smoothie from frozen fruits which I don’t normally do- but with home renovations- the less mess currently- the better for now! This smoothie can be made creamier or into more of a sorbet depending on your preference.
WARNING: This smoothie could have a laxative effect. Please consider this for the 24 hours surrounding the consumption of the smoothie.
Berry digestion smoothie
1 LB (equal parts) strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
For this specific recipe I used frozen organic berries already mixed for a speedier smoothie. You could use fresh as well.
1 cup vanilla coconut milk (add more milk for creamier consistency)
2 TBSP organic aloe vera inner fillet juice
2 TBSP organic flax seed oil (remember to keep flax seed oil refrigerated!)
I did not add any sugar- I found it to be sweet enough, but you could add honey if desired.
Pour ingredients into a blender, such as Vitamix, blend and enjoy!
Here’s some tidbits of information about the digestion mixture. You will be able to find full pages of information about the nutrients on this blog soon, so stay tuned!
You could substitute almond milk or raw dairy milk, instead of coconut milk, for this recipe specifically I used coconut milk.
Here are the benefits for digestion:
Aloe Vera inner fillet
Aloe can help soothe the lining of the digestive tract, when ingested as a drink. A review published in the “British Journal of General Practice” notes that aloe vera decreases irritation and enhances healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Aloe vera juice also helps to decrease inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the gut. Additionally, aloe vera can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion.
Flax seed oil
The strong fiber content of flaxseeds including their mucilaginous fiber—help to delay gastric emptying and can improve intestinal absorption of nutrients. Flaxseed fibers also help to steady the passage of food through our intestines. Finally, the lignans in flaxseed have been shown to reduce risk of colon cancer. It promotes regular bowel movements by preventing waste material from becoming rigid and increases the speed of movement of food and waste through the digestive tract. Fiber prevents digestive disorders like constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis. Both soluble and insoluble fiber are undigested. Instead of being used for energy like sugars, fats, and proteins, fiber is excreted from our bodies. To read a more specific profile on flaxseeds check out my post: Why Flax seeds are Amazing.