Probiotic-rich kombucha is blended with banana and pineapple for a smoothie sure to make your gut and taste buds happy! Thanks to ginger kombucha blended with pineapple and banana, this smoothie is like a non-alcoholic daiquiri that also happens to be good for you!
It’s that time for another Recipe Redux Challenge! This month, members were given the task of creating healthy, gut-friendly recipes to support a healthy immune system:
With cold and flu season upon us, the best defense may be good gut health. Since much of our immune health begins in the gut, show us your healthy, delicious recipe to bolster gut health.
Immediately my mind went to a recipe that I’ve been wanting to try for a while: a kombucha smoothie.
Kombucha is fermented tea that is jam-packed with gut-healthy probiotics. While you can make kombucha at home, I tend to take the easy route and buy it from the store or a kombucha taproom. Yes, there are kombucha taprooms – more on that in a bit!
Have you ever tried kombucha? The first time I did I hated it. I thought it was way too acidic and the ones with the chia seeds freaked me out. So, for a few years I left kombucha alone. But then Bry and I moved to Denver where kombucha is everywhere! Seriously. Bry’s work even has kombucha on tap. I don’t know if it’s differences between reginal brands, but I came to love the slightly tart, slightly sweet drinks. This recipe uses Synergy’s Triology kombucha, which is one of my favorites (at least favorite brands that you can buy at a grocery store).
I really want to re-make this smoothie with a kombucha from this kombucha taproom near our apartment, but just didn’t have the time to stop by and grab a growler. If you live near LoHi in Denver, you must check out American Cultures Taproom. Oh my word. If you don’t like kombucha because you feel it’s too acidic, you should give this place (or other tap rooms) a shot as I’ve found the kombucha on tap to be much softer and more flavorful. Their pumpkin kombucha has been satisfying all my pumpkin-spice cravings this Fall 😉
But it’s not just the kombucha that makes this smoothie gut-friendly: Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain, which gives your gut a hand by heling to breakdown and digest proteins; bananas are an excellent prebiotic food (a.k.a fuel to support good/healthy gut bacteria), and ginger has been used for centuries to help settle upset stomachs.
And can we talk about how this smoothie will transport you to a tropical vacation? Thanks to pineapple and the creaminess from the frozen banana, this smoothie reminded me so much of a pinacolada or daiquiri ( kombucha does contain a trace amount of alcohol after all. . .).
I like my smoothies thick enough to eat with a spoon, almost more of a sorbet-consistency. But if you prefer a thinner, more straw-friendly smoothie, I recommend upping the kombucha to 1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend! Bry and I are getting the most out of being back East, hanging with close friends, and likely getting our scare on tonight (how sad is it that at 26 years old I still get terrified walking through haunted houses?!).
So here’s a toast to keeping our guts healthy in the most delicious way possible!
Happy Gut Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 1-2 cups Trilogy Kombucha or another berry and ginger-flavored kombucha
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, starting with just 1 cup of kombucha. Blend on high, adding more kombucha for a thinner smoothie. Makes 1 large or 2 smaller smoothies.