Whether you have IBS or simply want to optimize your energy and health with a nutrient packed smoothie, the following recipe is for you!
Start with half a cup of unsweetened, organic kefir for the probiotic, magnesium and calcium contents. Then add one quarter of an avocado, for the gut-healing essential fatty acid benefits and spinach for a healthy dose of antioxidants and soluble fibre. Next, throw in a handful of berries because they contain pectin which is soothing to the digestive system and vitamin C which is healing. Then add lemon to help detoxify your liver and get your digestive juices flowing for the day. And finally, add a fingertip sized slice of ginger for its anti-nausea and digestive stimulating plus soothing properties.
This smoothie is one of my favorite ways to start the day. In addition to an unique flavor profile, it is packed with a double punch of antioxidants and fibre from the blueberry`s and chia seeds. The kefir provides beneficial probiotics and you even get a chance to sneak in a few dark, leafy kale greens! If you use fresh blueberries or want a thinner smoothie throw in a handful of ice.
Our pumpkin pie smoothie contains both prebiotics and probiotics that can be helpful in building and maintaining a healthy bacterial environment in the gut. For more background on what a healthy gut looks like, read our blog post Fibre is Fighting for the ‘Good’ Side.. Research indicates that both prebiotics and probiotics are effective adjunctive therapies to help reduce risk and treat a wide variety of diseases ranging from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), atopic dermatitis, and cancer, to name a few. Both pre- and probiotics are good, but they are completely different, and one should not be confused for the other.