5 Delicious Drink Recipes for Optimal Gut Health (and a Flatter Stomach)

Updated 02/14/19
Gut health—drink recipes

We've all been there. That tight, cramped, and painful feeling when your stomach is bloated. Sometimes you can pinpoint the trigger (diet, stress, hormones), while other times it just surprises you out of nowhere. It is uncomfortable and in most cases, very inconvenient. So how do you prevent it? The first step is to maintain a healthy gut. We should all know by now, after all the research in the past year, that gut health is so much more than just a wellness buzz word. Not only is it the key to optimal health overall, but it will also ensure you have a flat stomach and not a painful protruding one by day's end.

 

Danielle Capalino MSPH, RD, CDN wanted to help people who suffered from bloating while providing them with solutions to combat it when it did strike. Her new book Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach: The Fast and Easy Low-FODMAP Diet Plan does just that. Filled with 75 probiotic-rich low-FODMAP tonics, smoothies, infusions, and even cocktails that help to improve gut health and in turn, ensure a flatter stomach. Read on to find out how you can make five of her gut health recipes from the book. 

FLAX MACHINE

Gut health—drink recipe
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"It can be hard to get enough fiber at every meal. This is a great way to get some extra greens and flax into your diet in the morning (or whenever you choose to have this!). You can add 1/2 banana to make it extra-creamy if you wish."

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1/4 cup strawberries
1/2 cup spinach, well washed
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon flaxseeds

1/4 cup strawberries
1/2 cup spinach, well washed
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon flaxseeds

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY COCOA

Anti-inflammatory cocoa drink recipe
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"After testing hundreds of recipes for this book, this is one I come back to over and over again (most nights). It is such a satisfying snack after dinner."

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1 cup lactose-free milk, almond milk, or hemp milk
2 heaping teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 cup lactose-free milk, almond milk, or hemp milk
2 heaping teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Directions:

HOT LEMON BELLY AID

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"There is something almost luxurious about having a nice cleaning hot drink like this. It makes me feel that I am really treating myself almost to a mini spa treatment."

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 slices fresh ginger, or 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice
Pure maple syrup (optional)

1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 slices fresh ginger, or 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice
Pure maple syrup (optional)

Directions:

SIMPLE VEGETABLE BROTH

"This recipe makes a mild vegetable broth that you can use as a base for other ingredients. In addition to sipping, this would be ideal for cooking low-FODMAP grains, such as rice and quinoa."

Makes: About 6 servings

Ingredients:

About 8 cups water
1 ear of corn
½ cup scallions, green part only
½ cup leek, green part only
2 carrots, chopped roughly
2 parsnip, chopped roughly
1 medium celery stalk
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic-infused oil

About 8 cups water
1 ear of corn
½ cup scallions, green part only
½ cup leek, green part only
2 carrots, chopped roughly
2 parsnip, chopped roughly
1 medium celery stalk
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic-infused oil

Directions:

Heat the garlic-infused oil over medium heat and sauté the scallion and leek greens.

Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, cover the pot and lower the heat to a low simmer. Cook for at least one hour, or until flavorful.

BONUS RECIPE: TEQUILA GINGER

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"Your trip to a zesty tropical paradise, low-FODMAP style!"

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1-ounce tequila (optional)
1-ounce fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon ginger simple syrup (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3 ounces of soda water (use 4 ounces if not using alcohol)

1-ounce tequila (optional)
1-ounce fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon ginger simple syrup (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3 ounces of soda water (use 4 ounces if not using alcohol)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker and mix. Pour into a glass with ice and serve.

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