Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome is so important when it comes to maintaining our overall health. I’ll admit, for a while I thought that keeping my gut healthy was as simple as taking a pre-and-probiotic every morning. But, as I was recovering from my 15-year journey with binge eating disorder (BED) and bulimia (which you can read more about here), I realized that maintaining a healthy gut wasn’t just a one-and-done step. Even after incorporating a probiotic, I still found myself wanting to support my gut health in other ways—since I still experienced occasional bloating, distention, and stomach pains.
According to my friends at Seed, “recent studies have suggested that the intestinal microbiome plays an important role in modulating risk of several chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.” AKA, when we take the steps to properly care for our gut microbiome, we can help lower our risk for developing problems later on in life.
So, how do we take care of our gut? Really, it’s as simple as taking care of our whole-body health! Along with taking a quality daily probiotic (like Seed’s Daily Synbiotic!), it’s also making sure we are feeding our bodies with a wide array of fruits and vegetables that incorporates a variety of macro- and micro-nutrients. The perfect way to do this is with a smoothie.
That’s why I’m super excited to share my gut-healthy friendly smoothie that’s rooted in science, aptly named the Flavonoid Fructose Favorite. Why did we give it this name? Well, first of all, it’s packed with berries, which are a rich source of flavonoids (a group of micronutrients known as polyphenol). After ingestion, flavonoids undergo extensive metabolism by your colonic bacteria. In addition to this, the gut microbiome also plays a role in the bioavailability and metabolism of flavonoids, producing metabolites with increased bioactivity.
Second, this smoothie is sweetened with one of my favorite ingredients, dates! Dates are bioavailable and rich in energy and carbohydrates, mainly fructose, and also contain high amounts of dietary fiber.
In order to create this recipe, I used the Periodic Table of Microbiome-Friendly Foods. All of the foods listed in this table play a key role in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, and all of the ingredients in my smoothie can be found on here. This recipe is so simple and easy, and can even be prepped ahead of time, so you always have a gut-healthy smoothie on hand.
Makes 1 Smoothie
Combining this smoothie with my SeedDaily Synbiotic has been the key to taking control of my gut health. Now, if you haven’t heard of Seed, they really are unlike any other probiotic on the market! Here are a few reasons why I love them (and take them daily):
If you are interested in trying Seed (you should be – YAY!!!), I’ve linked it for you, and you can use code KALEJUNKIE15 at checkout to save 15% off your first order. I can’t wait to hear how Seed is working for you, so be sure to come back and leave a comment below!