Healthy Breakfast: Easy-to-Digest Smoothie

by Kat Black
Smoothies make healthy breakfasts for the entire family.

Smoothies make healthy breakfasts for the entire family.

Healthy breakfasts provide you with energy and help get your day off to a good start. In addition to reducing your hunger, eating breakfast enables you to make healthy food choices and avoid overeating throughout the day, say dietitians at the Mayo Clinic. If a family member has digestion difficulties, however, finding foods to eat for breakfast can pose a challenge. Smoothies, in general, are quite easy to digest because the blender breaks down some of the sugars and fibers that can make digestion difficult. Make a smoothie that's even easier to digest by choosing your ingredients wisely.

Liquid

Liquids are an essential component of most smoothie recipes. Avoid hard-to-digest dairy and soy milk. Instead, choose fruit juice, coconut milk, rice milk or nut milk, such as almond. If you would like to include a dairy product in your smoothie, use low-fat yogurt. The bacteria cultures predigest the lactose, making it easier on your digestive system.

Fruits

Fruits in general are easy to digest because of their high water content. The easiest fruits to digest include melons, berries, citrus fruits, coconut, apricots, mangoes, peaches and pineapple. Experiment with combinations of these fruits in your smoothies, and use frozen fruits to reduce the amount of preparation time. Fruits that are harder to digest include bananas and figs, both of which have very little water.

Vegetables

Increase your family’s vegetable consumption by including some in your smoothies. Choose green, leafy vegetables, such as seaweed, spinach and watercress, or non-bean sprouts, such as alfalfa and sunflower sprouts. These vegetables have a high water content and mild flavors, making them ideal for kids who think they don’t like vegetables.

Ingredients to Avoid

If someone in your family has problems with digestion, avoid adding whole nuts to the smoothie. The high protein and fat content makes them difficult to digest. Similarly, avoid adding additional fiber such as wheat germ or flax seed.

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