Drinking a smoothie is one of my favorite ways to start the day.
My digestive system often doesn’t feel ready for me to eat a solid breakfast right away in the morning. But because I usually work out right after waking up, I want to make sure that I get some calories in early and also stay hydrated.
This green smoothie is perfect for both of those things. I usually make and drink it after a morning workout. It helps carry me until I’m ready for my second breakfast, which is usually packed with protein.
I also love that this smoothie is filled with digestive benefits.
Coconut water keeps me hydrated, which supports all kinds of digestive functions. Ginger eases stomach pains and nausea. Kale is filled with fiber and high in water content, both of which prevent constipation.
As for the fruit (which adds some sweetness to the smoothie), pineapple contains a powerful digestive enzyme. Peaches are also a source of dietary fiber and high in water content, like kale.
Finally, there is the option to add L-Glutamine powder to your smoothie. It won’t change the taste or texture. Benefits of L-Glutamine include protecting the lining of the intestines and stomach. You can read more about it here.
Hydrating Green Smoothie
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- 1/4 inch slice of ginger root
- 1/2 cup kale, washed and torn off the stem
- 1/4 cup pineapple
- 1/4 cup peach
- 1.5 cups coconut water
- Optional – 1/2 tablespoon L-Glutamine powder (I use this one)
Combine all ingredients and blend. Continue to blend until kale and ginger have been sufficiently broken up and combine easily with the rest of the ingredients.
Having a blender that is powerful enough to break down and combine all of these ingredients is important. Otherwise, you might feel like you’re eating a salad.
To be honest, this smoothie has a texture more like a juice than a smoothie. This is just how I love drinking it. If you would like your smoothie to be thicker, add more fruit or less coconut water.
How do you stay healthy and hydrated after a workout? Do you try to add digestive benefits to everything you eat?
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