In continuing on with my goal of having a smoothie every day for breakfast, I am always thinking about different combinations. One ingredient that I have not touched yet is ginger. Why? Mostly because I am not a big fan of ginger, but I know lots of other people love ginger!
The main reason I wanted to give a ginger a try in a smoothie is because of its digestive benefits. According to an excerpt on www.livestrong.com:
Ginger contains two constituents – gingerol and shogaol – which are thought to help stimulate your body’s flow of digestive juices such as saliva, gastric secretions and bile, according to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center online. Ginger has been shown in some cases to help improve appetite and reduce digestive problems such as colic, diarrhea, intestinal spasms, gas and indigestion. But one of ginger’s most well-researched benefits is its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting. Ginger may also help increase muscle tone around the intestines and aid the stomach in moving food down the digestive tract. Additionally, ginger may help reduce nausea by interfering with serotonin receptors, which are responsible for sending “vomit” signals to the brain.
So, keeping the health benefits in mind I created this smoothie. If you need a breakfast to calm down some tummy troubles, give this smoothie a try! Even though ginger is not my favorite, this drink was delicious!
- 1 C Mango, frozen
- 1 Banana, frozen
- 1 C Pineapple, frozen
- 2 Oranges, juice
- 1 Lemon, juice
- 1 tsp Crystallized Ginger
- 1 tsp Agave Nectar
- 1 C Kale
- 1 C Carrot Juice
- 1/2 C Greek Yogurt, plain (omit for Paleo diet)
- Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
- If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
- This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 1 - 32 ounce serving). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.