Sunrise Smoothie

Two weeks to go! I’m nearing the end of a 10 week SIBO diet and I have to say I’m feeling amazing. Better than I have in over a year. It’s been a long journey to get to this point and I’m working at embracing the ‘work in progress’ of getting here but it feels really nice to finally feel good and have a great relationship with food again.

I should also say that I am being guided on this SIBO diet by a naturopath who gave me the list of recommended foods to and not to eat during this time. After exhausting the more traditional types of medicine and not seeing any results I was referred by a friend, who had experienced similar issues, to a great local naturopath. I have always believed that food can be healing, both emotionally and physically and when it made me feel bad I was lost. I love food! I needed my relationship with food to be positive again and I’m happy to report that it is.

One of the challenging things I find about being on a restricted diet is meal planning. I love food and like to enjoy every meal and when I’m on a restricted diet not eating the regular meals that I want to it takes a lot of effort to meal plan. Part of successful meal planning is great recipes and I have struggled with not having a single resource that had great recipes with the food I was able to eat. There are lots of great resources online: blogs, Pinterest, Instagram etc. but I found it very time consuming to collect recipes, then make the needed modifications to them and then cook enough for a week – whew! So much work.

I was talking with my friend, who had recently completed a successful SIBO diet as well, about resources for great recipes, not wanting to sacrifice enjoyable meals on the diet, the time it takes to meal plan and prep and it hit me – I should take all the recipes that I modified and created and put them in one place so that other people can access them too. And so this blog was born!

I hope that you enjoy the recipes and I appreciate you coming along this journey with me!

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So, recipe number 1: the Sunrise Smoothie.

I don’t drink many fruit only smoothies, I prefer green smoothies, but I like to add core fruits (apples and pears) to my green smoothies and those are restricted on the SIBO diet I have been following. I absolutely LOVE pineapple though. So much that I even have a tattoo of a pineapple. This has quickly become one of my favourite smoothies because the taste of the tropical fruits make me feel like I’m on a holiday on the beach!

Serves 1

Prep time 2 min

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INGREDIENTS

1 ripe banana 

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

3/4 cup coconut water

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

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