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Our HOT LIST of good foods for digestion

Image result for leafy greensEating right for your digestive health doesn’t have to be a crazy health-food-store-expensive-ingredient journey. You probably have a lot of the foods that can help digestion and are also good for folks struggling with different forms of IBD.

Here’s our HOT LIST of foods that are great for your gut and not super fussy.

Good Fats

Avocado

This creamy goodness comes equipped with soluble fiber, which is much easier on your digestive tract than the insoluble stuff. And, once they’re ripe, they’re easy to prepare. Simply cut in have, twist out the core, and scoop into your dish.

Add some salt, garlic powder and black pepper, then mash together for a quick guacamole spread for sandwiches. Or scoop it into your blender, and add some lemon juice or vinegar, your favorite seasonings and herbs, and some Greek yogurt for a creamy green goddess dressing.

Smooth Nut Butters

The crunchy stuff can irritate your bowels if you struggle with Crohn’s, diverticulitis or other similar issues. The smooth stuff offers just the same amount of good fats, protein and fiber, but allows your body to do less work.

Add almond butter to a smoothie with blueberries, spinach and almond milk. Or dip carrots into peanut butter for a crunchy afternoon snack. Cashew butter works as a butter substitute if you’re in the mood for some baked good.

Salmon

This healthy-fat fish is a fan favorite. The oils are great for everything from your lower tract to your skin. Add some salt, brown sugar and pineapple and roast in tinfoil for a sweet and salty dinner. If fish isn’t your forte, order the salmon next time you’re out to eat, and let someone else do the cookin’.

Soft Leafy Greens

Spinach

Popeye’s favorite green is such for a reason. It’s loaded with vitamins, and the leaves aren’t as tough on your gut as kale or the tougher greens are. Spinach is a great vehicle for flavor. Saute a bag in a bit of olive oil with salt and fresh garlic for a super simple side dish. Add it to your smoothie since the flavor and texture will blend right in. Or add a handful to your next salad.

Arugula

Arugula is a really flavorful green that’s got a peppery bite that’s a wonderful addition to most dishes. Throw a handful into a pita pocket with some tuna fish, onion and Greek yogurt for an easy lunch. Or stir this into some warm rice and add olives, diced bell peppers and crumbled feta.

Watercress 

This super food has been named the most nutritious of all the greens. It’s a delicate and soft leaf that won’t irritate your stomach, and mixes in with any salad recipe you can think of. Same goes for smoothies – add some watercress with strawberries, peanut butter and coconut milk for a yummy breakfast or afternoon snack. And watercress goes well with your favorite veggies, diced and dressed the way you like. Add some salmon for a well-balanced meal.

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3 familiar foods that help digestion and recipes to get them into your diet

One of the most effective ways to ease your digestive ailments is through your diet. The right foods not only make your digestive tract work more effectively, but many of them can contribute to weight loss and other health benefits. All of this leads to a happier you and healthier digestion.

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There are lots of common foods that can help your digestion.

There are a lot of weird ingredients that can aid digestion – tempeh, kimchi, Jerusalem artichokes – but we thought we’d take a look at some more familiar ingredients that are easy to find and use.

Let’s take a look at three powerhouses of digestion that you already know and some recipes to get them on your plate.

Beans

Beans are about as close to a miracle as food can get. They’re loaded with fiber and protein, low in sugar and naturally fat free. They keep your blood sugar steady as well, which means fewer afternoon snack crashes and more satisfaction.

To top it all off, beans keep your digestive tract moving and regular.

Check out this recipe for beans and greens from the New York Times. Although it calls for you to soak your own beans, canned beans work just as well and take less time to prepare. And since this recipe has spinach and other veggies, it’s even better for your digestion.

Blueberries

This tiny berry is packed with fiber and antioxidants, “making them a key element of digestive system health,” says Live Strong.

Blueberries can also keep your cholesterol down and lower your risk for heart disease.

This recipe for chicken and blueberry pasta is light, healthy, satisfying and easy to prepare. It’s also a way to incorporate blueberries into your lunch or dinner without having to eat them plain.

Sweet potatoes

Also known as yams, sweet potatoes are a super tasty root vegetable that are perfect for fall. And “when consumed with their skins on, [sweet potatoes] are a superb food for digestive health,” says Health Me Up. They “help in treating peptic ulcers, duodenal ulcers and some other serious bowel ailments.”

These sweet potato burritos pack a double digestive-helping punch with the addition of kidney beans. You could make the filling ahead and stick it in the fridge or freezer to warm up a different time.

Sweet potatoes are also great to cube and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper before roasting them in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. You could throw in some beets, carrots, turnips or squash for a great fall medley.

For even more ideas, take a look at these 25 healthy sweet potato recipes.

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