Give your digestive system some TLC daily by making a delicious smoothie with ingredients that have been found to be particularly great for your tummy. Follow these 5 easy steps to build your own smoothie:
|1. ADD DAIRY or DAIRY ALTERNATIVE
Packed with protein to keep you fuller, calcium for strong bones and electrolytes to rehydrate. Choose milk or yoghurt with added live cultures (probiotics), to repopulate your digestive system with good bacteria. You could also have a capsule of HOWARU® Premium Probiotics from yourFUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes and Barley with Probiotic Capsules. If you are lactose intolerant then seek a dairy alternative such as soy or almond milk.
2. ADD NUTS & SEEDS
You could even try activated nuts which are soaked for up to 24 hours in salted water at room temperature, then rinsed and baked or dried in an oven at a low temperature. The soaking process begins germination which causes phytic acid (an anti-nutrient) to break down, increasing accessibility to nutrients. Add any of the following:
3. ADD FUTURELIFE® PRODUCT OF YOUR CHOICE
Choose any FUTURELIFE®powdered product as a base for your smoothie. They offer complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and most of them also contain inulin (prebiotic) and MODUCARE® for immune support. Choose 25 – 50g of any of the following products:
|FUTURELIFE® BANANA-PINE DIGESTIVE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE
3 tbs FUTURELIFE® Smart Food™ bananaflavour
½ cup chopped pineapple & ½ frozen banana
½ cup yoghurt with added probiotics
1 tbs activated almond or peanut butter
1 tbs oat bran or psyllium husk powder
½ – 1 cup filtered water
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add more water according to preferred consistency.
|4. ADD FRUIT
Be careful not to add too much fruit. Aim for 1-2 servings per smoothie. One serving is ½ cup chopped or 30g whole of any of the following:
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain which helps to digest protein into its building blocks, amino acids.
Papayas also contain a digestive enzyme called papain which acts in a very similar way to bromelain.
Bananas, berries & apples are high in soluble fibre which soaks up water, adding bulk to the stool which assists in overall digestive comfort.
5. ADD DIETARY FIBRE
Fibre’s health benefits are well established, particularly within digestive health. Fibre assists with maintaining regular bowel movements and cleaning out the gut.
Add 1 – 3 tsp of:
· Psyllium husk
· Oat bran
· FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes and Barley with Probiotic Capsules