This smoothie recipe was created to help those who are dealing with frequent loose stools. The goal is to replenish electrolytes, provide the body with protein to help with tissue repair, as well as some soluble fibre to help soak up the excess water and bulk up your stool.
...due to a lack of energy and focus, we eat things we know are wrong, constantly putting the gut under stress.
When we're down and out with IBD or if we're dealing with stomach bug, eating right foods can be difficult. Some of us have no appetite but know the body needs nourishment, but with a lack of inspiration, we eat the same things over and over again. Others of us still have an incredible appetite but due to a lack of energy and focus, we eat things we know are wrong, constantly putting the gut under stress. This smoothie should help soothe the intestinal tract and requires very little energy to make. It is not meant to taste good but rather to nourish the body and soothe an inflamed gut. If you need to add a little honey or a bit of banana to make it more palatable, you can do this but keep in mind that too much sweetness can encourage more frequent and urgent stools. It's a good idea to either have some coconut water or electrolyte powder (sold at pharmacies) around in case of emergencies. If coconut water is not available, you can use watered down apple juice and electrolyte powder or salt.
Solidifying and Soothing Smoothie
serves 1 Ingredients:
1/3 of a yellow-green plantain *see chart below (bulking, potassium, B6)
3/4 cup of coconut water (electrolytes)
1 tbsp of fresh turmeric or 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder (anti-inflammatory)
pinch of black pepper (increases bioavailability of the turmeric)
1 scoop of collagen powder (protein, amino acids that help re-build damaged tissues)
Place all ingredients in blender, blend on high setting until you have a smooth consistency.
*It's best to choose plantains that are like the ones circled in green. The yellow ones will be sweeter and softer, the greener ones will have more binding power. The green ones contain more resistant starch which can cause some bloating in some people, so go easy. Blacker ones are delicious cooked but are not recommended here.