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.
Steel cut oats are delicious and satisfying, but can take more time than I want to spend each morning cooking. Soaking the oats overnight significantly reduces their cook time, allowing this recipe to be a staple in my home. I mix it up by adding different nut or seed butters plus dried fruits such as apricots or juice-sweetened cranberries. And often, I double the recipe to make sure I have leftovers that can be reheated even more quickly another morning.
This pudding is a perfect 'treat' to alleviate a chocolate craving. Dairy free, refined sugar free, full of plant based protein, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber this pudding can be eaten for dessert, breakfast or a snack. Cinnamon is helpful in controlling blood sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper will give your metabolism a boost. Lucuma powder is a low glycemic sweetener that will not increase blood sugar levels.