You need to know about this bloat-busting pineapple smoothie, given how it's one of our all time favorites! Not only will it help fight bloating from a night of too much Mexican food or a visit from Aunt Flo (where did that name come from, anyway? but I digress), it will also make your skin oh-so-glowy and healthy looking!
And, just as a bonus, this thing is absolutely delicious (hello, pineapple, ginger and cucumber!) In fact, you'll probably want to drink this on a regular basis, it's that good.
How does a pineapple smoothie help with bloat?
Pineapple is a great natural source of fiber and contains an ample amount of an enzyme called bromelain, which breaks down protein and aids in digestion. Also, since it's naturally sweet, you don't have to add any extra sweeteners or fruits to this smoothie. An easy win.
Next off, we have cucumber. We all know cucumbers are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Since they are full of water, fiber, and vitamins, it's a simple way to reduce major belly bloat and it adds a cooling effect to this drink. Cucumbers also contain high levels of caffeic acid, which contributes to reducing swelling and making you feel better.
Our next beauty-boosting, bloat-reducing ingredient is turmeric. Now I take turmeric every single morning, either by capsule form or in a smoothie like this one. In fact, it is the number one thing I recommend to people when they ask how I keep my skin so clear and youthful.
Turmeric is full of antioxidants, and it's been linked to increased brain activity and improved mental capacity and health. So if you're feeling a little foggy or down, drink this smoothie! Easy peasy, turmeric squeezy.
Ginger is essential in helping soothe and stimulate an active digestive tract. Even after eating too big of a meal, ginger can diminish the symptoms of indigestion, gas, stomach discomfort and bloating.
The same applies to nausea, also an renown side effect of overeating. It's a bonus that it adds that extra zing of flavor that takes a smoothie from 'meh' to 'oh yeah'.
Are you convinced you need this smoothie in your life? Good, cause you do need it, and you'll be sipping on one in no time! Grab the quick recipe below and enjoy the taste, as well as all the health benefits!
6-Ingredient Bloat-Busting Pineapple Smoothie
- 1 ½ cups coconut water
- ½ of one fresh pineapple peeled and cored
- ½ large cucumber
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- Combine coconut water, pineapple, cucumber, ginger, turmeric and ice in a blender. Blend on high for one minute until smooth.
- Pour into a glasses and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Photos by Ana-Maria Stanciu375