Apple Cinnamon Oat Smoothie for Digestion

This dairy-free smoothie tastes like apple pie but is high in fiber, antioxidants, and may aid digestion.

Apple Cinnamon Oat Smoothie for Digestion

As we transition to the cooler fall and winter months, an ice-cold smoothie for breakfast may not be as appealing anymore. Cooler foods may also be more challenging to digest. Avoiding frozen ingredients and adding particular spices to a smoothie, like cinnamon and ginger, and minerals, like magnesium, may assist digestion.

Apple Cinnamon Oat Smoothie for Digestion

Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and loaded with antioxidants. One study examined the antioxidant activity of 26 spices and determined that cinnamon was one of the most powerful, along with clove and oregano (even more so than garlic!). Following close behind these spices were sage, thyme, and rosemary. In addition, cinnamon has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol while increasing our ‘good’ cholesterol. 

How Magnesium Can Help Digestion

Adding magnesium to smoothies may improve digestion by activating digestive enzymes and relaxing the intestinal wall muscles. Magnesium can also ease constipation by increasing the water content of stools. 

Apple Cinnamon Oat Smoothie for Digestion

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashew milk (or any nut milk)
  • 1 large organic apple or 2 small apples, chopped
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 scoop Natural Calm magnesium citrate powder

Add all ingredients to a blender and give it a whirl. Enjoy!

In health, Dr. Dylan Cutler, Ph.D.

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Apple Cinnamon Oat Smoothie for Digestion

References

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Wu KL, Rayner CK, Chuah SK, Changchien CS, Lu SN, Chiu YC, Chiu KW, Lee CM. Effects of ginger on gastric emptying and motility in healthy humans. European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology. 2008 May 1;20(5):436-40.

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This article is sponsored by Natural Calm Canada.

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Author: Phruitful Dish

I'm Dylan, the creator of Phruitful Dish. I'm a holistic health content creator, fitness lover, vegan, feminist, and PCOS wellness consultant living in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. I obtained my PhD in obstetrics and gynaecology specializing in PCOS, nutrition and mental health.

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