Last week Scott and I got back from vacation – we decided to road trip. We went to Savannah, then to Destin, FL, then to Charleston. We spent the most time in Destin because they had a really beautiful beach. Unfortunately they didn’t have the best food. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely wasn’t bad. Just not the healthiest.
Here’s an example. We went to a restaurant one night and I ordered the grouper pan sautéed in butter, garlic and herbs. IT CAME OUT BREADED. Nowhere on the menu did it say ANYTHING about breading. WHY in the world would anyone bread a beautiful, fresh piece of fish? It not only took away from the flavor of the fish and herbs – it made my stomach very unhappy. I tried to scrape off the breading but it didn’t work out so well.
So to summarize, since we’ve been back my digestion has been less than stellar. And to put it bluntly, I have NOT been regular. Yes, I’m going to go there. I’m going to talk about poop.
Normally I have a BM every morning. But from the time we’ve been back, this definitely hasn’t happened. Not only did I not eat very well while we were on vacation, I’m pregnant, which already predisposes me to constipation. So I came up with this recipe to combat constipation. It has roughly 22 grams of fiber!
Kefir – rich in probiotics and more potent than yogurt. The probiotics in kefir actually reach the intestines, whereas generally, the probiotics in yogurt only reach the stomach. Probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, are absolutely essential for regularity as well as immune health and mood management.
Avocado – avocado is one of my favorites, it’s creamy and delicious. It also happens to be rich in healthy fats and a crap ton of fiber.
Raspberries – raspberries add a bit of sweetness; they’re also rich in antioxidants, low in sugar and very high in fiber.
Collagen – collagen isn’t just great for wrinkles, cellulite, hair and nails. Its best function is that it helps heal gut lining – which is crucial for overall health and well-being.
Constipation Busting Smoothie
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup kefir
- 1 cup water
- 1 avocado
- 2 cups of greens I used spinach
- 1 scoop collagen
- Blend everything on high, preferably in a Vitamix - a Vitamix pulverizes everything, even the tiny raspberry seeds so you're not chewing your smoothie.