4 Superfoods to Cure Your Digestive Issues and Give You More Energy

When my digestive system needs a little cleansing, I make a smoothie with some of my favorite superfoods: dates, dark sweet cherries, chia seeds, and coconut oil. 

These four foods don’t get enough credit for their digestive benefits!

Although chia seeds and coconut oil have gotten their share of buzz recently, dates and dark sweet cherries sometimes get a bad rap for their sugar content.

Here's why these superfoods deserve a second-glance: 
 
1. Dates

Dates add the perfect amount of sweetness and consistency to many recipes. They contain numerous vitamins and minerals, elevate the amount of healthy bacteria in the belly, and are easily digested to provide greater energy within 30 minutes of consumption. In order to get the best digestive and laxative effect from dates, soak them in water overnight and use in your smoothie, or drink the syrup-like dates alone. 

2. Dark Sweet Cherries

Dark sweet cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, and the sugar they contain is a productive source of energy, even for diabetics. The antioxidants they contain keep the digestion system working productively, and they contain high fiber, which relieves constipation. Other benefits include protection from bacterial, viral, and fungal infection; anti-aging qualities; and they aid in healthy brain functioning. 

3. Chia Seeds

Think flax seed on crack! These little seeds keep you full longer, and provide complete gastrointestinal relief due to their high fiber content. They provide slow and sustained energy, and have even been said to contain more calcium than a glass of skim milk. Chia seeds expand in water, and develop a gel-like consistency, which when consumed creates a greater feeling of fullness.

4. Coconut Oil

The anti-microbial properties of coconut oil eliminates the bad bacteria in our digestive tract, allowing for stability and relief from constipation. Coconut oil is extremely easy for you to digest due to the medium chain fatty acids, which are digested differently than other fats, and don’t require much strain or use of the pancreas. The nutrients and energy from coconut oil is quickly absorbed and put to use, making it an efficient energy source.

Try out this yummy (and slightly addicting!) superfuel smoothie! 

Ingredients
  • Spinach, handful
  • Mejdool dates, pitted
  • Dark sweet cherries, frozen
  • Chia Seeds, 2 tablespoons
  • Almond slivers, handful
  • Almond milk, ½ cup
  • Coconut Oil, 1T
  • Cacao powder, 1 tsp
  • Hemp protein powder, 4 T
Add all ingredients to blender, and voila!

If the consistency is too thick, add a little water to loosen it up.

Enjoy! 

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About the Author
Danielle has a degree in Psychology, and a career in worksite wellness. She works with organizations to bring awareness and healthy habits into the worksite. She is passionate about educating and engaging others around proper nutrition, how to stay active, and remain stress-free for a balanced and productive work and home life. In her free time, she lives wellness through practicing yoga and pilates, walking and playing with her dog, and cooking yummy vegetarian/vegan recipes, which you can find on her blog Life, Love, and All Things Green. You can learn more about Danielle on her blog, or you can follow her on Facebook.
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