My Favorite Gut-Soothing Smoothie Recipe
Lately, I have been on a smoothie kick for breakfast. Living with IBS, as we all know can be full of the unexpected. One day your symptoms are almost non-existent and the next you are plagued with dozens of bathroom trips and don’t want to leave your home for fear of having an accident.
Living with Crohn's disease and IBS definitely has its challenges. But with time, I have slowly figured out what foods help calm my symptoms. Recently, I have been in a slight Crohn’s and IBS flare. Mainly I have been dealing with the nuisance of constant urgency. It seems never-ending and it’s one of those episodes that no matter what I eat, the urgency remains rampant.
My smoothie fix for IBS flare
However, being that this isn’t my first rodeo, I was determined to figure out something that would help calm my symptoms. Breakfast has become the hardest meal for me because mornings tend to set the tone for my entire day when it comes to IBS. If breakfast goes array, then pretty much my whole day is full of bathroom trips until late afternoon.
Typically, I’m a scrambled egg kind of girl for breakfast, paired with either some sort of fruit and avocado. But due to the state of my IBS, this no longer has been working for me. So I decided to whip up a smoothie to see if it was a better option for keeping symptoms calm in the mornings. Here is what I came up with:
- ½ cup of almond milk unsweetened
- ½ organic avocado
- ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut yogurt
- 1 full organic banana
- 4 organic strawberries
- 1 teaspoon of organic honey (if you can tolerate fructose)
- 4-5 cubes of ice
- Put all the ingredients in a blender, blend thoroughly and pour into a cup to enjoy!
How smoothies have helped my IBS
I have found that this recipe has a soothing effect on my stomach. Because it has a nice amount of healthy fat, it really coats my intestines and makes them feel satiated and full and I noticed a big improvement in my feeling of urgency.
Due to this Crohn’s/IBS flare, I am also working on putting on weight, as I have lost a significant amount due to being in pain and feeling sick so often. This shake is also helpful in adding healthy fats into your diet to help with weight gain. Eventually, I will like to bump up the amount of avocado to a whole serving to help me add some extra pounds.
Overall, if you are looking for a smoothie that makes you feel full and will help coat your intestines and alleviate the nuisance of constant urgency, give this recipe a try. Of course, we are all so different and this may not have the same effect on you as it does on me, but it is definitely worth a try! And who doesn’t like the taste of strawberries and bananas? It’s a total classic!
What are your go-to foods during an IBS flare? Do smoothies sit well with you? Share below!
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, RLS, sleep apnea) in addition to IBS?