Let’s face it. Some of the healthiest foods on the planet can cause some serious bloat. I’m looking at you, broccoli. Sorry lentils, I love you, but you aren’t doing my stomach any favors.
Now, I would never cut those healthy foods out of my diet just because they cause me to get bloated. I just am careful not to eat them before I’m going out on a date night with my hubby. Or any time I want to wear something that isn’t loose.
The good news is, just as there are foods that can cause bloating, there are also some foods that can fight the bloat. I stuffed a whole bunch of anti-bloating foods into a smoothie. Why? For those times when you need something to eat, but really don’t want a bloated stomach.
Saturday night Tim and I had a date night planned. Our dinner reservations were for 8 o’clock, which is a super late dinner for us. I knew my noon lunch wouldn’t be enough to sustain me until dinner time, so I made this Anti-Bloat Smoothie. It was filling enough to tide me over until dinner, and kept my stomach from getting the food baby look.
what’s in the anti-bloat smoothie and how does it work?
Cucumbers: They are loaded with water, which helps fight to bloat.
Banana: Bananas are high in potassium. Potassium helps regulate sodium levels, which prevents water retention. Too much sodium is a big cause of bloating, so that’s why bananas (and other foods high in potassium) help with bloating.
Coconut Water: Like bananas, coconut water is high in potassium.
Ginger: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory food as well as a digestive aid. It soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, which keeps you from getting bloated. You know I love my ginger. Take a look at that huge hunk of fresh ginger in the picture below. I eat one of those per week.
Apple Cider Vinegar: I list this one as optional in the smoothie recipe because the smoothie absolutely tastes better without it. Apple cider vinegar, however, is a rock star for reducing gas and bloating. So if you are super serious about reducing your bloat, add this to your smoothie.
The taste of this anti-bloating smoothie is fresh. I love the cucumber and ginger together, and the banana sweetens it up just enough. The coconut water flavor is subtle, not overpowering. I really don’t love coconut water on its own, but do love it in my smoothies. It’s filled with electrolytes, so it’s a great naturally hydrating beverage choice. If you choose to add the apple cider vinegar it muddles the flavor a bit but is still good.
This Anti-Bloat Smoothie fights bloating and tastes delicious!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 1
- Category: smoothie
- Cuisine: American
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 banana
- 1 large cucumber, sliced
- 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- handful of ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!
- Hardcore Version: Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to the mix.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 180
- Sugar: 9g
- Sodium: 31mg
- Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 43g
- Protein: 2g
Smoothies are a great way to get ultimate nutrition into your diet quickly! If you’d like to get a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet every week, focus on NOT overeating, fight inflammation, and gain more energy, take the 31 Day Smoothie Challenge!