Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie (Dairy Free, Paleo)

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie (Dairy Free, Paleo)

DID YOU KNOW? Peppermint oil has been shown to be effective at naturally treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies show that peppermint oil reduces spasms in the colon, relaxes the muscles of your intestines, and can help to reduce bloating and gassiness.

To help relieve IBS symptoms, try:

  • Adding 1–2 drops of peppermint essential oil to your smoothie (check out my recipe below).
  • Adding 1–2 drops of peppermint essential oil into a glass of water or capsule and take before meals.
  • Applying 2–3 drops of peppermint essential oil (along with a carrier oil) topically to your abdomen.

Check out one of my favourite gut-soothing and dessert-inspired smoothie recipes that uses peppermint essential oil …

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1.5 cups frozen spinach
1 banana (frozen preferably)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1-2 tsp cacao powder
1 scoop PurePaleo Protein (chocolate)*
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil (food-grade) OR 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2-1 cup water
A few ice cubes (optional)
1 tbsp cacao nibs (stirred in after blending)

*If you’re using PurePaleo Protein (vanilla) I suggest adding 2 tsp of cacao powder.

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INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
2. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup and stir in cacao nibs.

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5 Ways to Support Digestion

5 Ways to Support Digestion

Coming from a history of IBS, I spent a lot of time and energy figuring out ways to correct my daily nagging symptoms.

That meant not only healing my gut, but supporting proper digestion so I could better breakdown food and therefore absorb more nutrients and avoid inflammatory responses caused by a leaky gut.

Here are a few ways that I support my digestive system daily. I recommend giving all of these a try or at the very least starting with one and adding to your digestive support routine in time. These simple tips go a long way especially when practiced regularly.

5 Ways to Support Digestion

1. GINGER

  • Helps to relax the smooth muscles of the digestive tract.
  • Add a 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp. ginger powder to your smoothie or incorporate it into your other meals.
  • Drink ginger tea in-between meals.

2. EAT/DRINK SLOWLY & CHEW THOROUGHLY

  • Digestion begins in the mouth.
  • Chew your food 20-30 times before swallowing.
  • Sip (don’t gulp) your smoothie. Take at least 20 minutes to consume it.

3. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

  • Helps prepare the gut for incoming food by releasing enzymes that breakdown food.
  • Add 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar to water and consume 15-20 minutes before your meals.

4. AVOID EATING WHEN STRESSED

  • Stress compromises your bodies ability to digest food properly.
  • Here are some tips to help: 1. Eat sitting, not standing. 2. Take a few deep breaths before eating. 3. Avoid eating when emotions are strong (sad, angry, excited) and 1-hour before or after a workout. These tips apply to drinking your smoothies as well.

5. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES & BITTERS

  • Try the above suggestions first. If you continue to deal with digestive issues I recommend trying a digestive enzyme like Digestzymes.
  • Digestive enzymes are important for people who fall into one or more of the following groups: 1. No gallbladder 2. Prior use of antacids (prescription, Tums, Rolaids, etc.) 3. Older adults. 4. Chronic illness or high stress.
  • Digestive bitters can be helpful as well. Just add to water and drink in-between meals.

Digestzymes

For optimal digestion. Say goodbye to gas & bloating after meals or that feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.

Lemon Ginger Tea

Lemon Ginger Tea

Are you looking for effective ways to prevent and/or treat the cold or flu?

Did you know that ginger has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties, making it the perfect natural remedy to help prevent and treat certain conditions.

So, if you find yourself surrounded by sick people or maybe you’re trying to treat a cold or flu that hit you hard and fast – try this potent Lemon Ginger Tea recipe.

Consume 2-6 cups daily for prevention and/or treatment of the cold or flu.

This tea is also excellent before or after meals to help reduce symptoms of gas, bloating, acid reflux or digestive discomfort.

Lemon Ginger Tea

INGREDIENTS: (4-5 servings)
1 lb fresh ginger root
1.5 liters filtered water
2-3 lemons
Honey (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Bring pot of water to a boil.

2. Peel and finely grate ginger. Add to boiling water.

3. Let boil for 5 minutes then bring to a simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Strain ginger tea into a mason jar using a fine mesh sifter. Let cool then store in the fridge.

For a cup of hot lemon ginger tea: Heat 3/4 cup of ginger tea in a pot, pour into mug and squeeze in 1/2 a lemon. Add 1 tsp honey if desired.

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