As you know, I blog a lot about juicing but not so much about smoothies! Some smoothies can be difficult to digest if they have a lot of fibre but I’m always being asked about easy to digest smoothie recipes. Therefore I’m excited to share this gut friendly smoothie recipe with you today; it’s full of lots of goodness and can be adapted depending on how sensitive you are to fibre. I recently also made a delcious iced smoothie lolly version of these smoothie so make sure you check that recipe out too!
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of cashew nut butter
- 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric
- 2 thumb size pieces of ginger, chopped finely and peeled
- I added these extra ingredients but these are optional depending on how you tolerate them. Although the seeds might like really tough, once they’re blended in the smoothie, you should do just fine (especially with Chai since it’s mainly soluble fibre. If you are cautious, then please try them one at a time.
- 1 teaspoon of Chia seeds (my super cute mini-sachets are from Natural Blender Box-more about them below)
- 1 teaspoon of Hemp Powder (also from Natural Blender Box)
- ¼ cup of gluten-free Muesli or oats (I used Delicious Alchemy’s Gluten Free Muesli)
- 1 cup of Almond Milk (I use Alpro Unsweetened because it’s one of the few that are carrageenan free- but Rude Health is also a good shout)
- Whizz all together in the Nutribullet for 30 seconds and voila….the perfect breakfast smoothie.
Why is this a gut friendly smoothie?
- Turmeric, Ginger and Chia seeds all have anti-inflammatory properties which can really help digestion. (Especially turmeric: Check out my guide to turmeric if you haven’t already”)
- Banana has soluble fibre which is much gentler on the stomach. Adding oats also adds additional soluble fibre- Remember this type of fibre is quite easy to digest (instead of the insoluble fibre found in veggies etc)
- Hemp Protein is a great source of non-dairy protein.
- Almond Milk provides calcium.
- Cashew Nut Butter is a good way to increase your intake of nuts and fats.
If you are looking to start with smoothies and aren’t sure where to start, I’d really recommend Natural Blender *. They send you a big box of veg, fruit, nuts and seeds each week with suggested recipes. The best thing about this is along with lots of fruit, veg and coconut water- you get little sachets of things like nuts, seeds and protein powders…
These things can cost a fortune usually and I’m always wary of investing in case they don’t agree with me and I’m left with a giant jar of it knocking around it the cupboard, so this is just perfect!. Each box comes with ingredients, a BPA friendly water bottle and 5 recipes (which makes 10 smoothies) Although some of the recipes were a bit high in fibre (this is clearly shown on the recipe; along with all the other nutritional benefits- which is fab!) I could easily adapt them by juicing the leafy greens instead-or creating my own recipe like I did today.
Natural Blender company are also offering my readers £10 off their first box with the code BLENDWITHJEN. This makes your first box £15- which for 10 smoothies and a drinks bottle is a complete bargain!
I hope you liked my recipe. If you have any questions about smoothies for crohn’s or other digestive issues- feel free to ask me! You might also be interested in my free Juicing/Smoothie Ebook for IBD which you can download for free. page!