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May, 15 2018

Kick-start your digestion with this de-bloating smoothie!


Anne @JdeV Largs store

Feeling bloated can be an uncomfortable feeling but, for many of us, it’s all too familiar. When the symptom arises it can be difficult to know what to do or what to eat as we’re so busy worrying about potential triggers. That’s why today I’m here to take a look a recipe for a great-tasting de-bloating smoothie, generously provided by our friends over at A.Vogel! All credit for the recipe must go to Jessica Sepel at https://jessicasepel.com who provides an endless range of healthy recipes, including a selection that tailor to those of you who may be vegan or gluten-free!

Instructions

You will need:

  • ½ frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1 handful of spinach or rocket
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1tsp of chia seeds
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • 1/2tsp of ginger, grated
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Method

The method for this one is ridiculously simple and I’m sure you’ll all be more than capable of following it. Simply place all the ingredients in a blinder and blitz until smooth. Pour into a glass and voila, you have one powerful de-bloat smoothie!

So what’s so great about this smoothie?

Okay, this smoothie might be entitled ‘de-bloating’ but how is capable of combatting your symptoms? Well, it all comes down to ingredients and here Jessica excels at choosing nothing but the very best. Let’s take a look shall we?

Go bananas: When bloating strikes don’t be afraid to turn to this particular fruit. Bananas are an excellent source of fibre and potassium, both of which are crucial when it comes to beating the bloat, helping to ensure your digestive system is functioning properly and even preventing water retention!

Sip some coconut water: Coconut water is rich in trace minerals known as ‘electrolytes’ which are essential for keeping you hydrated. One of these trace minerals is the aforementioned potassium, which helps to serve as a cleanser, assisting your body when it comes to sodium-based bloating. Why not use Vita Coco’s Pure Coconut Water in this recipe?

Pick up a cucumber: Cucumber works wonderfully as an anti-inflammatory agent as they contain plenty of quercetin, a potent antioxidant.

Mix up some mint: Refreshing and energetic, mint has a long history of being used to reduce bloating, with people sometimes chewing on mint leaves after a big meal.

Good old ginger: Ginger is famous for its soothing impact on the digestive system, helping to ease nausea and acting as a natural anti-inflammatory. It’s also considered to be a carminative, meaning that it helps to get rid of excess wind from the digestive system!

So there you have it, everything you could possibly need to help get rid of bloating and return to your old self. Get blitzing!