Pineapple-Orange Turmeric Smoothie
Liquid Nutrition! Where my smoothie lovers at? 😊
When you’re managing bowel issues, digesting solid food can be challenging, depending on your current state of inflammation and the nature of your symptoms!
Smoothies are something I’ve relied for a several years now – they’re most often my breakfast fuel, given there are infinite ingredient combinations and flavour profiles to be enjoyed! And, it's a great way to get nutritional fuel into the body, in a way that gives your Digestive System a bit more of a rest for the morning, prior to your first solid meal of the day.
A well-balanced smoothie is packed with high-quality fiber, high-quality fat and high-quality protein, to not only gain a variety of nutrients at the same time, but to help set the tone for the day with balanced blood sugar levels. No one enjoys being HANGRY! 😉
The addition of protein and fat sources help slow down the digestion of carbohydrates (the fruit and veggies) in your smoothie, and there are so many great options out there!
My smoothie composition is based on the following:
(Yield: approx. 2 cups)
1.5 cups nut/seed milk of choice
2 cups/handfuls organic greens (i.e. spinach, kale or mixed field greens)
1 cup/1 piece of fruit (HALF of the volume of greens)
A few tbsp. or more of protein (i.e. seeds, nut/seed butter) OR a scoop of organic/fermented protein powder
A tbsp. or two of fat (i.e. coconut oil, avocado) - nuts/seeds also contain fat, so something to keep in mind
Sprinkling of ‘Ceylon’ cinnamon (true cinnamon – supports blood sugar balance)
Small amounts (i.e. 1/2-1 tsp.) of any superfood powders I'd like to include (i.e. maca, ashwagandha, other adaptogenic herbs, lucuma powder, mesquite powder, mushroom powders...)
Here's my latest immune-supportive creation - packed with Vitamin C!
PINEAPPLE-ORANGE TURMERIC SMOOTHIE
Yield: 2 cups
1.5 cups plain/unsweetened (or homemade) almond milk
2 handfuls organic baby spinach
1 small orange, segmented
½ chopped frozen pineapple
6 tbsp. hemp hearts (20g protein, + a fat source)
1 heaping tsp. organic turmeric powder
A few ice cubes
Blend all ingredients together until smooth, and enjoy!
*I highly recommend still trying to 'chew' your smoothie as much as you can. What? Yes. Try to keep it in your mouth for as long as possible before swallowing it (as comfortably as possible!), as your saliva is what starts to break down carbs for digestion!
Hemp hearts by Manitoba Harvest are a triple whammy of fiber, fat AND protein! I’ve really amplified the protein in this smoothie for the start of my day, as each 3 tbsp. of hemp hearts offers 10g of plant-based protein.
They also provide a great dose of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids - nutrients that must be obtained from the diet, as the body does not produce these on its own!
If you give this recipe a try, please tag me and let me know how it went!
Feel free to share your favourite smoothie combination below! I'd love to hear about it!