Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Sometimes you just need something easy for breakfast…

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Living with a chronic illness can be exhausting.  Individuals with chronic illnesses often have less hours in the day to get everything done.  They typically need at least 9-10 hours of sleep per night in order to function somewhat normally.  Additionally, there is cooking the majority of meals from home, taking time for yourself, remaining active, practicing mindfulness, attending doctors appointments, and more!

Although I typically rely on whole-foods based meals with plenty of veggies (even for breakfast), there are some times when I need something that is quick and easy that does not flare my symptoms.  Here is a recipe that I created to do just that.


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Chocolate Banana Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 standard-size ice cubes
  • 1/2 yellow banana
  • 1 small handful mixed greens- optional
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s lite coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed meal
  • 1 Tablespoon MCT oiloptional
  • 1 Tablespoon almond or peanut butter
  • 27 grams (1 scoop) PurePaleo Protein- Chocolate flavor (Designs for Health brand)

Instructions:
In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients except the protein powder.  Once mostly blended, add the protein powder while the blender is running (this helps prevent it from clumping).  Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Banana– you can freeze peeled banana in slices or halved.  If you add frozen banana to your smoothie, omit ice cubes.
  • Mixed greens– If you want to use this smoothie as something that can be made with items that can either be stored in the pantry or freeze, try freezing your mixed greens.  You will never be able to tell the difference once they are blended into a smoothie!

5 thoughts on “Chocolate Banana Smoothie

  1. This doesn’t follow the SIBO diet. based on the SIBO Specific Diet: Food Guide. When you have SIBO you should avoid ingredients such as Gums/ Carrageenan/ and Thickeners, which are in the nut milks and rice milk mentioned in this recipe. They are inflammatory to the digestive system making SIBO symptoms worst and should be avoided. It best to make your own Coconut milk, avoid Almond milk and Rice and rice milk is off limits when you have SIBO. Not sure if you have referenced the guide.

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    • Hi Val, Thank you for your input. Perhaps I need to specify in the description my reason for deviations to the strict food guide. I am very familiar with the guide you are referring to- in fact, I have most of it memorized at this point. Yes, in theory, gums/carrageenan/thickeners should be avoided when treating SIBO. And I do recommend this sometimes as an initial approach. However, I personally find that I (and many others) tolerate them just fine and they add a HUGE convenience factor. The expense, time-consumption, and poor flavor of homemade nut/coconut milks makes it unfeasible for many people in our society, including myself. I believe it is about finding balance and what works for you. I find it quite challenging to get enough calories and micronutrients following a strict SIBO Specific Food Guide. Additionally, I have worked closely with former NCNM SIBO Center physicians and attended several SIBO symposiums. The majority of physicians and nutritionists treating SIBO that I have spoken with recommend white rice as an exception to the SIBO Specific Food Guide as an essential component of obtaining adequate calories and carbohydrates.

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    • Hi Nicole, SIBO is so very individual, so it is difficult to say. The only way to know for sure is to try it. To reduce the chance of symptoms, you could eliminate some of the items that may be problematic (such as banana or flax) and then each time you make it, add in those ingredients and see if there is a reaction.

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