It's summer and man oh man, it is HOT! 

There’s nothing better than a cold smoothie on a hot summer day, but if you notice a change in your digestion after drinking one, you’re not alone! Read on for some reasons as to why your smoothie is messing with your stomach and tips to avoid the discomfort. πŸ™ƒπŸ₯΄⁣

In this smoothie: spinach, frozen mango, strawberries, 1/2 banana, and spirulina powder. (Spirulina is what gives a smoothie that emerald green color!)

Here are some reasons that your smoothie might leave you feeling... funky and searching for a bathroom:

1. You’re using too many ingredients! Less is more. 

The more ingredients you use = the harder it is to digest. Sometimes I see smoothies with upwards of 15 ingredients and I'm like !!!! For starters, how does that fit in your blender? And secondly, why are you putting cauliflower and zucchini in your smoothies? I'll never understand.

Our bodies digest protein, carbohydrates, fats, fibers, etc. differently because they all have different functions for different systems. 

Therefore, the body will have to pull energy from multiple places to break it down. Try keeping your smoothies to 5 ingredients (or less!)⁣ to make it easier on your body to digest and absorb. This doesn't mean you'll be sacrificing on flavor or substance, though! Kelly LeVeque By Well By Kelly outlines her Fab Four smoothie (fats, greens, protein, and fiber) for optimal digestion + caloric consumption.

2. It’s too cold πŸ₯Ά Ice (and frozen fruit) can send a shock to our system and halt digestion. 

Try non-frozen fruits, room temperature water, or avoiding ice.⁣ You can also let your frozen smoothie sit out for a few minutes and have it come to room temperature.

3. You’re drinking it too fast 🚦 Combined with the above points, you may be overloading your system. Just like when you eat a meal too quickly, slurping down a smoothie might cause your digestion to get overwhelmed, and the smoothie it will sit in your stomach for a longer time.

Drink your smoothie without a straw or pour it into a bowl and use a spoon. Smoothie bowls are for more than just show, people! πŸ‘πŸ»⁣

4. You're not chewing it. Yep, I'm here to recommend you chew your smoothies!

I've never liked juice or smoothie cleanses because I believe in chewing my food, especially if I'm replacing a meal. The act of chewing, or mastication, signals to your digestive system that food is coming and gives it time to be prepared to break down the meal and absorb the nutrients. I know we all love a chunk-free smoothie, but next time you're sipping away, don't forget to at least pretend to chew! πŸ˜‰

Okay, onto the good stuff. Here are two of my favorite smoothie combinations!

Chocolate PB&J Smoothie: 2 scoops of chocolate peanut butter powder (I use PB Fit), one handful of strawberries (or berries of your choice - raspberries are also amazing), ice, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 cup non-dairy milk, I used oat! πŸ“πŸ₯œπŸ« Hits the spot AND hits my protein craving!!

Mango Ginger Smoothie: 1 cup spinach, 1 cup frozen mango, 1/2 inch ginger chunk (lol), protein powder of choice, 1/4 or 1/2 avocado, water (or coconut water!). This is seriously one of my all-time favorite smoothies! It's so refreshing and the ginger gives it a nice kick (and is a great natural detoxifying ingredient).

Enjoy your smoothies, beautiful friends. Stay cool out there.

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