This smoothie is packed with some gut happy ingredients that sooth, heal, and calm the gut. It contains good soluble fiber, digestive enzymes, and several important nutrients for general health. If you are looking for a way to add greens, fiber, or collagen to your diet, this smoothie is a great way to do that. If you deal with digestive issues this is also a great option for you.
What you will need:
Fresh or frozen avocado
Juice of your choice (I like pineapple)
There are a couple super ingredients in this smoothie that help aid in digestion and promote a healthy gut. Ginger is calming to the gut lining and can reduce inflammation. Chia seeds are a soluble fiber source which bulks up stool and can feed good gut bacteria. Collagen helps heal the gut lining.
Pineapple and papaya contain digestive enzymes, making this smoothie more easily digestible. Avocado makes a creamy texture and adds healthy fats. Adding spinach is a great way to get some greens into your diet, and lemon juice adds just a touch of tart flavor, it is optional.
Choose your liquid, my favorite option is pineapple juice because it is low FODMAP and adds additional tart flavor. Milk or all water for this smoothie might not add enough flavor, so I recommend choosing some type or juice mixed with half water to cut down on sugar.
Add your fruit and ginger, then liquid, followed by collagen and chia seeds, and lastly spinach. Blend until totally smooth.
Sip and enjoy your tropical smoothie that helps calm and heal your gut!
Heaping 1/2 cup (70-80 grams) chunked frozen pineapple
Heaping 1/3 cup (50-60g) chunked frozen papaya
Heaping 1/3 cup (50-60g) chunked frozen avocado OR about 1/3-1/2 of a fresh medium avocado
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup pineapple juice (low FODMAP option)* OR coconut water OR mango juice
1/4-1/2 tsp fresh ginger peeled (About pea to blueberry size. Ginger is strong so you will only need a small amount, add to taste)
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp lemon juice (optional, just adds tartness)
2 tsp unflavored collagen (or one serving)
Handful of spinach (15g)
*I recommend using juice for half of the liquid for this recipe because it is not very sweet without it. But to cut down on sugar, half the liquid can be water.
Start with peeling your ginger, cut about a pea to small blueberry sized chunk. Add to your blender.
Now measure out your pineapple, papaya, and avocado. If your chunks are big, you will want to fill the measuring cup so it is heaping, the amounts do not have to be exact. Weighing your fruit may be easiest if you have a kitchen scale available. Add these to your blender.
Now measure out your juice and water and add to the blender. Also add your lemon juice.
Next add your chia seeds and collagen powder. Do your best not to get these ingredients on the side of the blender because they tend to stick.
Lastly, add your handful of spinach. The amount doesn't matter too much, I just like to add enough to fill my individual blender cup.
Blend on high speed for about 1 minute or until totally smooth. I like to stop halfway and give it a quick shake to make sure I get all the spinach off the sides.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!