I love making smoothies because they are a convenient and simple way to get in lots of nutrients. I also love how creative you can be with ingredients. For this smoothie I wanted something that was gut-friendly, healing and of course tastes good. As a base I added a handful of organic, mixed greens(I ran out of kale). The nutritional properties of blueberries are amazing and can provide neurocognitive, anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits. The anthocyanin in the blueberries are thought to improve blood flow to the brain. Blueberries also contain pectin, a type of prebiotic(fiber) that feed the gut bacteria.
Aloe gel isn’t just great for sunburn relief, it has also been shown to help reduce inflammation in the GI tract for those with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. Aloe gel can also reduce diarrhea for individuals suffering from IBS and IBD. That’s pretty powerful!
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae from Central Africa that grows in warm waters. Research suggests it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. One tablespoon contain 4 g protein and 11% DV for iron. Spirulina also contains omega-3 and omega-6 (partially gamma-linolenic acid). However, it is good idea to do your research to make sure the spirulina powder you purchase isn’t contaminated with cyanobacteria. Since it can absorb heavy metals from the waters in which its grown, it is important to make sure the manufacturer tests its products for contaminants.
Cucumber is so refreshing, full of water and fiber, which is essential for the gut. I added some pineapple for some sweetness but also for the bromelain. A naturally-occurring enzyme in pineapples, bromelain can aid digestion. When our gut is functioning well, it can improve our immunity and decrease inflammation in the body. All of these ingredients work synergistically to provide a treasure trove of nutrients for our body, which I love. Cheers to that and our health!
Handful of mixed greens
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 peeled cucumber
1 Tbsp spirulina (I use Pure Hawaiian Spirulina from Nutrex)
1 -inch piece fresh aloe gel.
Mix all ingredients in your favorite blender and enjoy!
Happy & Healthy Cravings! 🙂