An alkaline smoothie is a drink that is great for people who suffer from acid reflux, GERD, or any gastrointestinal issues. This is because an alkaline smoothie comes with a high pH level, which won’t agitate your esophagus or your stomach, meaning it won’t make your acid reflux worse.
In fact, alkaline smoothies are healthy for people with acid reflux. As someone who has suffered from this, I understand how annoying it is not to be able to drink orange juice or any other acidic beverages because of how badly it hurts. There’s nothing worse than the burning pain in your chest after a small coffee or a cup of juice.
What’s great about an alkaline smoothie is that by adding ingredients such as almond milk, which have alkaline properties, you can also enjoy things that have acidic properties like berries and oranges. By mixing alkaline ingredients with acidic ingredients, you guarantee that your stomach acid will be neutralized, thereby not preventing you from enjoying your favorite tastes.
The Berry Mango Alkaline Smoothie
The Berry Mango Alkaline Smoothie combines ingredients rich with antioxidants and high pH levels to deliver an unbelievably scrumptious alkaline beverage that will not agitate your acid reflux. By adding a splash of non-dairy milk, we neutralize the stomach acids for your safety.
Also, this entire recipe is vegan. But that does not mean you need to be a vegan to enjoy it!
- 1 Cup of Almond Milk (or Other Non-Dairy)
- 5 Frozen Strawberries
- 1 Cup of Cubed Watermelon
- ½ a Banana
- 1 Handful of Fresh Spinach
- 1 Teaspoon of Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup of Ice
The instructions are a little different on this one. As with most smoothies, you want to blend all the ingredients in your blender until nicely mixed. However, if you mix the berries and melon with the greens and the banana, you will end up with a brown smoothie. Strictly for the sake of aesthetics, follow these instructions to tweak the color of your smoothie.
First, blend your greens with your half banana, your chia seeds, plus half the almond milk and half the ice. Next, blend your watermelon and strawberries with the other half of the ingredient. Finally, pour both smoothies into the same glass and enjoy a vibrant green beverage.
The Health Benefits of the Ingredients
Let’s take a deeper look at why these ingredients are so important in making an alkaline smoothie.
First off, melon is super high in pH levels. Two of the best are watermelon and cantaloupe, which come with pH levels of 8.8 and 8.5, respectively. These are perfect for your smoothie. Feel free to mix them up and experiment with different types of melons.
Secondly, banana is added for the creamy smooth taste that absolutely must be in any smoothie. Bananas also have high pH levels, approximately 5.6. A great alternative to banana is mango, which has an even higher pH level. For a bit of creaminess, always add some banana or mango to any smoothie.
Now come the berries. Almost every berry is great for adding antioxidants to your diet. The problem with berries is that they agitate acid reflux. The way around this is by adding non-dairy milk.
The most often used non-dairy is almond milk, which is ideal for the vegans out there. Not only will almond milk neutralize the berries so that you can enjoy them, but it will bring the pH level of the smoothie up even higher.
Chia seeds are used because they are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. However, you can use any super seed, like flax seeds or hemp seeds. At least some of these seeds are highly recommended in any smoothie, since they are basically tasteless and add a whole package of nutrients to your drink, helping your skin and hair in the process.
The spinach is self-explanatory. I’m sure we all know Popeye and his can of spinach. These greens are super healthy and packed full of nutritious goodness that increases your health across the board. If you don’t want to use spinach, feel free to use kale, as it is just as good.
The Alkaline Kiwi-Mint Green Smoothie
Just for fun, let’s do another quick recipe for you to try at home. The alkaline kiwi-mint green smoothie is a yummy treat that is low in carbs, completely vegan, and a great boost of energy for those who suffer from GERD or acid reflux.
As with most green smoothies, this is a health booster in a jar. You can make this smoothie in about 5 minutes, it tastes better than what you get in the store, and anyone can drink it. It is the perfect refresher in the morning or to pick yourself up after a long day of work.
- 1 Freshly Spooned Kiwi
- 1 Peeled & Sliced Green Apple
- 1 Cup of Spinach
- ½ a Diced Cucumber
- 1 Handful of Fresh Mint
- 1 Banana
- 2 Tablespoons of Honey
- 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Zest
- ½ a Lemon’s Juice
- ¼ Cup of Water
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
Blend everything together for roughly 30 seconds until you have the exact texture you’re looking for. Because mostly everything is green, your smoothie is going to come out a beautiful green kiwi color.
This smoothie is literally bursting with nutrients. The kiwi is an excellent fruit with alkaline properties, the mint is high in vitamin A and iron, while the cucumber gives you antioxidants and vitamin K. Plus, between the half cup of water and the cucumber, you get an extra hydration boost.
But that’s not all. The banana gives you an excellent dose of potassium and vitamin B, the honey is rich with antioxidants, the coconut oil has lots of healthy fatty acids in it, and the spinach… well, you know all about spinach. Spinach has vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, healthy doses of fiber, and lots of calcium and iron.