Smoothie bowls are a popular way to consume tasty and healthy fruit, vegetables and nuts in one bowl. They are a quick and easy meal BUT…..
Cold frozen smoothies and bowls can be a disaster for someone with poor digestion.
When your gut is compromised you have a difficult time digesting and assimilating the food you eat. Cold or frozen food and drink can wreak havoc on an already sensitive gut.
Ayurveda and Chinese medicine believe that food has energetic properties that impacts the body. Hot food (in moderation) aids in digestion and imparts a feeling of lightness. Cold food, on the other hand, decreases digestion and makes the body feel heavy. Those of us with poor digestive capacity would feel better eating easily digested, cooked, warm foods.
never rarely drink cold smoothies, ice cream or cold drinks unless it is in the middle of a hot summer day. If don’t follow my own advice my IBS symptoms quickly appear-bloating, gas, pain and diarrhea.
For the sake of good digestion update your daily cold smoothie to a hot one instead.
Warming Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl
1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
2 TBS Hemp Seeds
2 TBS Chia Seeds
1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger root
dash of turmeric powder or slice of fresh turmeric root
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of cardamon
dash of cloves
1 cup of boiling water
Optional to enhance sweetness: 1 Tbs. maple syrup
Optional toppings: strawberries, chopped walnuts, cacao nibs (as tolerated)
Optional: If not vegetarian add 1-2 TBS of collagen powder for extra protein and gut healing (such as from Vital Proteins)
Place everything, except toppings, into high speed blender (such as Vitamix or Blendtec) and blend on high for 1 minute. Pour into bowl, top with toppings and enjoy.
Note: More than 1/2 cup sweet potato becomes high in FODMAP serving and up to 10 walnuts are considered a low-FODMAP serving.