Before developing problems with acid reflux, I would often drink fruit smoothies. I would always choose one that peaked my interests and taste buds, not thinking too much of its ingredients.
Soon after developing acid reflux, I realized that choosing any smoothie I wanted like before wasn’t possible. While I, unfortunately, had to learn the hard way, you hopefully won’t have to.
To put it simply, many fruits are highly acidic and should be avoided for someone with acid reflux. Luckily, if you do suffer from acid reflux, there are ways to enjoy all fruits, especially in smoothies.
Typical smoothies with the likes of bananas, berries, and made with an orange juice base, are going to be acidic and bad for someone with acid reflux. In this case, it is primarily because of the orange juice base that is making the drink a poor choice for acid reflux suffers.
So, as you might imagine, having an alkaline base neutralizes the acidic effects of any fruits and even someone with bad acid reflux can enjoy it without any adverse effects.
Now I am sure you’re asking yourself what are the smoothie base options that are out there. The best options would be almond milk, soy milk, and water just to name a few.
Out of these options, the almond milk base is my personal favorite. Not only is it highly alkaline, but it’s highly nutritious because almonds are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are a great source of fiber.
There is also soy milk which you can try if you prefer a creamier taste. Another option is water – water is a lighter option that isn’t as creamy or has as much body as the alternative milk options, but it can be really refreshing when made with certain fruits.
The Juicery is full of menu items that would fit the bill of acid reflux friendly smoothies. A great option that would work is the “Faster than Light” specialty smoothie. This is made with banana, almond butter, spinach, dates, sunflower seeds, ginger/carrot, and most importantly, almond milk.
Remember to look for menu items with a liquid base. If there are menu items with a mixture of bases, kindly ask the Team Member to make it only with the more alkaline base.
For example, The Juicery offers the “Kali Mango” smoothie which it is made from 2 bases: orange juice and almond milk. Ask the Team Member to switch the drink to only almond milk and you’ll get to enjoy the taste and nutrition of the fruits you love without any heartburn or acid reflux.
As a long-term lover of fruit and smoothies, I wanted to show acid reflux suffers that there is, in fact, a way to enjoy all fruits. I hope this has taught you something new that you, a friend, or family member can enjoy!