Digestion Detox Blueberry Smoothie

What better time for a digestive reset than the brief hiatus between all of the major food-filled holidays? Now is the perfect time to give your gut a refresher because before we know it the holiday food coma cycle will be in full-fledged repeat again!

This Digestive Detox Blueberry Smoothie is a delicious way to reset your digestive system while enjoying what tastes like a yummy treat!

So, what makes this smoothie the ultimate digestive detox? Well…each component works together to benefit your gut.

Bananas help restore normal bowel function and digestion due to their high levels of fiber. Wild blueberries also support healthy digestion. This is partly due to their levels of both soluble and insoluble fiber; but, it is also largely due to their prebiotic potential!

Dr. Vivian Chi-Hua Wu (University of Maine researcher) discovered this unique quality of wild blueberries and linked it to the promotion of the growth of probiotics in the colon1. This promotes both digestive and other health benefits!

As I wrote about in All About Chia Seeds, 2 Tbsp of chia seeds contains 11 grams of dietary fiber. This, along with the fact that the seeds are sprouted (gelled) promotes healthy digestion and a flushing of the system. Read more about the benefits of sprouting your chia seeds here!

Last but certainly not least, is the ginger powder! Ginger helps reduce bloating and inflammation as it stimulates digestive acids and secretions which supports the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients. I also topped my smoothie with mint as it increases bile secretion and breaks down our food!

So now that you know all of the health benefits of this Digestion Detox Blueberry Smoothie, whip one up and give it a taste test!



Digestion Detox Blueberry Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Equipment

Blender (see mine!)
Serving glass

Ingredients

1 banana
1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries
2 Tbsp chia gel**
1 tsp ginger powder
Almond milk & ice to preferred consistency

Optional:
Mint for topping

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to your blender as they appear in the ingredients list.
  2. For a thicker smoothie: use less almond milk and more ice. For a thinner smoothie: use more almond milk and less ice.
  3. Transfer smoothie to your serving glass and top with mint. Enjoy!

Notes

**To make a basic chia gel: use a 6:1 ratio. So combine 1 Tbsp chia seeds and 6 Tbsp water. Stir. Store in the fridge until ready for use. The longer your seeds soak, the better the consistency. Overnight is ideal but a “quick version” is acceptable if you need them in a hurry.

 


Sources
1https://draxe.com/health-benefits-blueberries/

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