3 Smoothie Add-Ins For A Healthier Gut & Inflammatory Response
A smoothie a day is arguably one of the easiest ways to pack in loads of nutrients—many of which you can customize tailored to your health goals. Want more protein? Toss some powder in your smoothie. Looking for immune support? Load up your blend with citrus.
The options are truly endless, especially when it comes to gut health and a balanced inflammatory response. If you want to check these boxes every single day, find a few ingredients to add to your next recipe below:
You may be familiar with consuming turmeric in the form of golden milk, chana masala, or spicy ginger shots, but you can also add it to your blend à la carte.
Now, I've made a decent number of smoothies with turmeric in my lifetime (I once worked at a smoothie shop), and I'll tell you that it doesn't pair well with every fruit or vegetable out there. My tip: If you're going to add this root to your blend, make sure to pair it with a sweet counterpart, like mango, orange, or pineapple.
If you prefer to take your supplements in powder form, then a daily smoothie is the perfect way to pack all of that goodness into one blend, collagen supplements included.
How, exactly, you incorporate this supplement will depend on which product you buy and the flavor you prefer. If you like to shake up your smoothie recipes, I recommend opting for an unflavored blend like the mindbodygreen beauty & gut collagen+.
What's more, research has found that one of the main amino acids in collagen, L-glutamate, supports the intestine by neutralizing oxidative stress4 and acts as a major fuel source5 for the cells in the intestine.* A bonus? Our blend also features turmeric!
Here, our favorite collagen supplements on the market if you're looking for a new favorite product.
Now, for those who love a super-rich and creamy smoothie, reach for some probiotic-rich yogurt. Similar to picking a collagen supplement, you'll want unflavored yogurt if you tend to switch up your flavor profile. (Plus, flavored varieties tend to have more sugar.)
This is just one easy way to include even more healthy gut bugs in your diet—especially if you don't take a daily probiotic supplement.
This step will feed your gut microbiome and make your blend super creamy. Just remember to keep your blending time short if you want to preserve the ultra-thick consistency yogurt can create.
If you want to pack your smoothie full of gut-loving ingredients, consider adding turmeric, hydrolyzed collagen peptides, and probiotic-rich yogurt to your blend. Here, more tips for creating a gut-healthy diet.
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty & Health Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including skin care, women’s health, mental health, sustainability, social media trends, and more. She previously interned for Almost 30, a top-rated health and wellness podcast. In her current role, Hannah reports on the latest beauty trends and innovations, women’s health research, brain health news, and plenty more.