By Guest Author, The Living Wellness Group
We are absolutely addicted to smoothies, but not just any old smoothies…we are in love with fresh summer fruit, dairy free smoothies.
Got the Food Baby (or Stomach Bloating)?
Although there are many reasons for stomach bloating (which we love to call the food baby), one of the common causes is a sensitivity or intolerance to dairy. Even though many of us can’t properly digest dairy, we still love the creaminess and the satisfying feeling of drinking a creamy smoothie.
When it comes to drinking smoothies, it’s not just the challenge of digesting lactose (the sugar found in dairy products) and casein (the protein compound of dairy) that can be troublesome. Combining fruit and dairy can be an upsetting combination, because it takes different amounts of time to digest fruit foods and dairy foods. Fruit is digested very quickly, usually within 20 minutes of consumption. Dairy, on the other hand, can take 1-2 hours to digest. So, when these foods get combined in the stomach, the fruit doesn’t always get broken down quickly. Fruit can then ferment as it waits in the stomach to be digested, which leads to the bloating and excess gas.
What to Do?
Cashews to the rescue! Cashews form a very creamy, milky beverage when they are blended up with water- cashew milk. Cashews are a naturally sweet nut, which is similar to the slight sweetness of regular milk. You can add cashews to your smoothie instead of using other alternative milks, such as almond milk or rice milk (feel free to still use those if you like them). Plus, adding cashews to your smoothies is a great source of protein too.
Peach Plum Cashew Smoothie
- 1 plum, chopped
- 1 peach, chopped
- 1/3 cup raw cashews
- 2 cups filtered, cold water
- ½ cup ice
- Blend the cashews and water in the blender until creamy and frothy. Depending on your blender this can take 1-3 minutes. If your blender is not very strong, you can soak the cashews for 2-4 hours before blending them up, which will make them softer.
- Add the fruit and ice and blend until smooth.
If you like this recipe and want more where this came from, check out The Living Kitchen Wellness blog for more food inspiration.
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