Nothing says “Good Morning!” like a refreshing, delightful smoothie. What’s not to love about this meal in a cup? No fuss, no muss—just compile your ingredients, blend, pour, and devour for a healthy, filling breakfast that keeps you going for hours.
But before you throw just any old fixings in your blender (step away from the ice cream...at least until dinner!), here are nine must-have gut-healthy smoothie “base” ingredients that will get your day started off just right.
1. Almond Milk
Your smoothie will have to incorporate some sort of liquid to make sure you can actually drink it—as opposed to cutting it with a fork. While filtered water works just fine, almond milk brings important minerals, vitamins (like vitamin E), protein, and omega-3 fatty acids to the table. If you can, use homemade almond milk to avoid added sweeteners and preservatives.
It may seem like an odd addition, but avocado adds a creamy silkiness to your smoothie (without a strong taste), all in a potassium, fiber, and healthy fat-rich pod of green deliciousness. Even better? Avocados’ fat content will keep you fuller for longer...now that’s a breakfast worth getting up for!
Sure, you can load your smoothie will all kinds of sweet, tasty fruits, but the most nutritious bang for your buck will be spinach, kale, dandelion, or mixed greens—all of which are loaded with nutrients that will give you the energy you need to get through your day.
4. Steamed Cauliflower
Yep, this vegetable powerhouse can disguise itself as anything—rice, pizza crust, or even mashed “potatoes”—but did you know it can do wonders for your smoothie’s consistency and nutrition content? Cauliflower’s bland creaminess adds the perfect texture, along with hefty doses of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and fiber.
5. Prebiotic Powder
Most fruits and vegetables you can incorporate in your smoothie recipes will have some amount of prebiotics, the fibers that feed your beneficial bacteria. But, in this day and age, it’s nearly impossible to get the amount of prebiotic fiber we need for optimal gut and microbial health. Just one scoop of our organic, food-based prebiotic powder is the perfect complement to your a.m. smoothie—and you can add it to anything!
6. Coconut Oil
Just one tiny teaspoon (don’t be afraid to add more) of coconut oil in your smoothie adds a subtly sweet, delicious tropical flavor and a burst of healthy fat that can balance your blood sugar levels, increase your energy, and keep you satiated.
Much like avocados, bananas add a wonderful, creamy texture to your morning smoothie, but their sweetness can also up your smoothie taste game—especially if you aren’t using many fruits in your concoction. Consider freezing your banana ahead of smoothie-making time for a chilly treat. Bonus? Bananas are a potent source of prebiotics to fuel your friendly flora.
As the superhero spice in curry, you may think turmeric has a strong taste that doesn’t lend itself to your yummy breakfast beverage, but turmeric itself is actually nearly tasteless—and with its wide range of health benefits, it deserves to be invited to the smoothie party! A powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant, turmeric also helps to enforce your gut barrier for optimal immune function.
If you’re looking for a little kick, raw ginger is your answer. An excellent digestive aid, ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that will spice up any variety of smoothie. Just remember: a little ginger goes a long way!
When it comes to smoothies, experimenting is the name of the game. Once you have your smoothie foundation, feel free to add in vegetables (the more the merrier!) and fruit (like blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi) to majorly up the nutrition and flavor factors.
Not sure where to start? Here are four of our favorite gut-healthy smoothie recipes to help you break your blender in:
Emily Courtney is a Writer and Editor at Hyperbiotics and mom to two fun and active boys. Emily is passionate about natural wellness and helping others learn about the power of probiotics for vibrant health! For more ideas on how you can benefit from the power of probiotics and live healthier days, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.
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