Gut Healing Green Smoothie Recipe
Written by: Jo Hodson
I’ve been exploring foods with probiotic digestive benefits for a quite a long time now. Homemade sauerkraut is a firm favorite and can always be found in my fridge, but other than sauerkraut, one of first foods I decided to experiment with was kombucha.
At the time, kombucha was totally new to me but kept popping up all over the web. I’d tried a couple of pre-packaged bottles I’d bought at a health food store and liked the taste, but since it is expensive, I figured it would be much better to try brewing my own.
I have now had a continuous brew for well over a year and try to have a small glass most mornings. As soon as my kombucha brew tastes ready, I strain it and bottle it and then brew another batch.
Once it’s strained into bottles, you can add flavors of your choice, but even then, it’s sometimes nice to change things up a bit, which is why I thought I’d add some to my green smoothies instead. Since I also have a green smoothie most days, this worked really well for me.
Another great thing about kombucha is that it has a slight, uniquely sweet taste (this depends on how fermented it is) so it actually compliments a green smoothie really nicely.
I change up my smoothie recipes depending on what greens and fruits I have on hand, but the ratios of roughly 4:1 [greens to fruit] tend to remain the same as I personally like to keep the fructose content down. That said, I imagine this would also work well for purely fruit-based smoothies as well (if that’s more your thing).
Whichever way you do it, adding kombucha will add probiotic goodness to whatever you add it to (as long as you don’t heat it in any way).
If you are a green smoothie fan though, why not give this recipe a go! The quantities are approximate, so you don’t have to be too specific with the measurements.
I’d also love to hear your own ideas for smoothie flavor combinations! Feel free to put them in the comments below!
Probiotic Green Smoothie
- ½ cup kombucha
- 1 cup water
- 1 packed cup spinach (or other mild greens)
- ½ cup cucumber
- 1 large peeled orange or apple
- ½ an avocado
- fresh ginger or mint leaves to taste
- Blend everything together until as smooth as possible. I find it easiest to leave the water out initially, blend well and then add the water and blend further to get the smoothest consistency.
- You could add part ice for immediate chill, this will be thicker so a little extra water may be needed.
- Serve chilled.
Jo Hodson lives in England and is the Holistic Health Coach behind Including Cake, empowering individuals to ‘get curious’ in seeking a path to optimal wellness in both body and mind.She is also the creator of the health food brand, Wholeplus and when she is not creating healthy recipes, she is dreaming up even more.
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