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Gut-Healing Smoothie

Oct 31, 2022 ● By Tom O’Bryan
Glass of purple smoothie on tray with bananas, blueberries and a wooden spoonful of ground flaxseed


Blueberries contain compounds that increase beneficial bacteria in the gut, as well as antioxidant properties that are remarkable at protecting our brain. In fact, consuming 1 cup of blueberries per day for three years gets our brain working as well as it did 11 years earlier. Bananas are high in pectin, which helps to normalize movements of the large intestine. Look for gelatin powders from pastured animals.

Yield: 2 servings

1-1½ cups water
½ cup coconut milk
1-2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp unflavored gelatin powder
1 Tbsp high-quality fish oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1-3 scoops L-glutamine powder (optional)

In a blender, combine the water, coconut milk, bananas, blueberries, flaxseeds, gelatin powder, fish oil, cinnamon and L-glutamine powder (if using). Blend until smooth. Add more water for a thinner smoothie, if desired. Serve immediately or pour into ice-pop molds and freeze for a sweet treat later on.

Recipe courtesy of Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN, from his book The Autoimmune Fix.

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