The Feel Good Tummy Smoothie {Recipe}


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There's been some kind of yucky stomach bug going around in my area.  Thankfully I haven't been a partaker of that virus, but I do know a thing about having a case of the terrible tummy from time to time.

Papaya, ginger, and mint have long since been known for their medicinal properties in aiding digestion and calming down the stomach.

I found the original recipe on the Women's Health Website entitled "The Tummy Soother."  You can read the original recipe here.  Continue reading for my modified version.


The Feel Good Tummy Smoothie {Recipe}
4-5 Servings

Ingredients:
  • a handful of baby spinach
  • half of a papaya
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh peaches
  • 1 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1" piece of fresh ginger (or less for a more subtle ginger taste)
  • a handful of ice
  • 6 mint leaves
  • a dollop of agave
  • a little water to get the blender going (or none if you have a super powerful blender)
Directions:
Layer it all up and blend it.  That's all.  Well, enjoy!

* I did make two batches of this, like I always do, but when I made the one for me, the mango had gone bad, so I substituted some of the leftover pineapple I had from a previous smoothie.  I had frozen it, so it worked perfectly.  Because of the sweetness of the pineapple, I didn't need to add any agave.


Health Benefits:
  • Spinach - protects against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers
  • Papaya - is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber; may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease; helpful in the prevention of colon cancer; help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns
  • Mango - helps to lower cholesterol, aides in digestive function by breaking down proteins, has a low glycemic index, aides in elimination process
  • Peaches - contain high amount of fiber and potassium that reduces kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of ulcer; great source of Vitamin C which is widely used for skin care;
    a rich source of beta carotene that improves vision health by increasing circulation of blood in the all body parts
  • Greek Yogurt - excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12; contains probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose and has twice the protein content of regular yogurts
  • Ginger - educes all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating; anti-inflammatory; may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells; can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus
  • Pineapple - high in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory & digestive aides, boosts immune system support, aides in protection against macular degeneration
  • Mint - aides in digestion, helps with nausea and motion sickness, clears up congestion, inhibits release of histamines that cause allergies & hayfever

5 comments:

  1. Do you love spinachs or is it just my imagination? You're using them in all your smoothies lately. ;-)

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    1. Yes, ma'am. Not because I'm a die-hard spinach fan but because I need to use a green to cut back on the sugar in the fruit and spinach is one of those green veggies that is hard to detect (flavor wise) and it blends pretty smooth. There are plenty more options, but spinach is the best one for me. Now if I had a juicer, then I probably would use rougher veggies like kale, swiss chard, or collards. :-)

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  2. Mmmm! I think I'd like this one! I hope to make smoothies when I'm at home more. They would make a great, healthy lunch!

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  3. This sounds like another yummy recipe Libby!

    Here's a tip for a absolute yucky tummy: Drink down 1-2 Tbsp of vinegar if you have a stomach bug. You can mix it juice or water and just chug it down. Years ago when Em was in school the Noro virus was going around and a nurse that lives near us told us about this remedy and it kept Em out of the hospital. Within hours of doing this she was able to hold water down and then broth and crackers later. I swear by this remedy. I don't travel without a small bottle of vinegar for just in case moments. I've been told that if you do this at least once a week, you will keep away stomach bugs. Seems to work for us. :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing We juice in the warmer months and I enjoy learning new recipes. Thanks

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