Smoothie Recipes for Acid Reflux

7 Smoothies for Acid Reflux (and GERD)

GERD or acid reflux is common, it affects people of all ages. It can be due to an unhealthy lifestyle or unknown causes that cannot always be prevented.

Acid reflux produces heartburn or chest discomfort and tends to get worse when you’re lying down. It can last for hours and often pain can intensify after eating food. The pain’s causes are stomach acids that moved up into your esophagus.

If this uncomfortable burning sensation occurs two or more times a week, it’s often diagnosed as Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. If untreated, GERD can lead to serious chronic diseases in the long term.

The following smoothie recipes for acid reflux are meant to supplement professional medical treatment, not replace it. In all cases, always consult your medical professional before making dietary changes.

Why Try Acid Reflux Smoothie Recipes?

Senior Woman Chest DiscomfortUntil recently, scientists and doctors didn’t fully understand GERD. There wasn’t any scientific evidence that a change in diet could actually improve the condition.

Only recently, research is starting to show that some foods might reduce the symptoms of GERD and acid reflux. A study from 2013 suggests that certain types of foods may reduce the frequency of symptoms.

Another study shows that dietary changes may bring relief from acid reflux. In this study, drinking alkaline water and following a plant-based Mediterranean-style diet was effective in treating acid reflux.

The kind of foods you eat can affect the amount of acid your stomach produces. Therefore eating the right kind of foods may help you control the symptoms.

There are certain foods and drinks that you should try to avoid when you’re struggling with acid reflux:

  • tomatoes and tomato-based products
  • fatty meats
  • cheese
  • fried foods, fast food, and all greasy foods
  • chocolate
  • coffee and other caffeinated drinks
  • alcohol
  • sugar
  • acidic drinks like soda and orange juice
  • onions & garlic
  • chili powder and pepper
  • peppermint

You may not be able or want to completely eliminate these foods from your diet, but try to limit yourself. Moderation is key!

Before I get to our delicious smoothie recipes, we first have to know what kind of ingredients are best for making acid reflux-friendly smoothies. To make this simple for you I will provide examples of healthy foods that may help ease heartburn.

Best Ingredients for Non-Acidic Smoothies

Spinach for Acid RefluxUnfortunately, there isn’t a magic food that can help you get rid of acid reflux. However, there are certain foods that may help you soothe your symptoms. Non-acidic, alkaline foods tend to be a good choice for acid reflux smoothies. Try incorporating more of these foods into your diet and smoothies:

Try replacing foods that can make your symptoms worse with healthy foods that may help relieve heartburn. In the end, make sure to talk to your doctor if you have questions about what kinds of foods should be part of your anti-acid reflux diet, as everyone’s different.

7 Smoothie Recipes for Acid Reflux

Now that you know the best ingredients for our smoothies, why not give these smoothie recipes for acid reflux a try?

Best Smoothie for Acid Reflux

Best Smoothie for Acid RefluxThis delicious green smoothie is my favorite smoothie for acid reflux. Leafy greens like spinach are considered to be highly alkaline, meaning they can make a great addition to your anti-acid reflux diet. Aside from being rich in vitamins and minerals, they’re low in calories. Spinach is also rich in fiber, which may help relieve heartburn.

Strawberries are high in antioxidants. They can be a good addition to your acid reflux-friendly smoothies, as long as you use them in moderation. Bananas are less acidic than most other fruits. They give this smoothie creamy texture and a sweet, well-rounded taste.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
  • ½ cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tsp flaxseeds

How to Prepare:

Simply add all ingredients to your blender jar. Blend on the highest setting until creamy and smooth. Enjoy!

Acid Reflux-Friendly Smoothie

Acid Reflux-Friendly SmoothieKale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals that may help soothe your stomach and lower the stomach’s acid levels.

Fruits are generally considered being acidic. The fruits I have chosen for this acid reflux-friendly smoothie are all higher on the pH scale and can be considered alkaline foods. You can replace the almond milk with filtered water for an even lower-calorie version.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup kale, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup mango chunks, frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup cantaloupe melon, cut into chunks
  • ½-inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

How to Prepare:

Cut the kale leaves into small chunks. Peel the ginger, if it’s not organic. Place everything into your blender jar and blend until smooth. Add some ice cubes to make this smooth more refreshing. Enjoy!

Anti-Acid Reflux Smoothie

Anti Acid Reflux SmoothieThe combination of alkalizing veggies like beets, celery, ginger, and carrots make this the perfect smoothie for battling stomach acids. Although this smoothie is rich in healthy veggies, it still tastes surprisingly sweet. If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, you can replace the carrot juice with raw carrots.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 small beet, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 red apple, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 stalk of celery, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½-inch fresh ginger, peeled

How to Prepare:

If you’ve never used beets in smoothies, please make sure to check out this article I’ve written about this topic: How to Prepare Beets for Smoothies.

After you’ve prepared everything, place it into your blender and blend until smooth. As we’re using hard and fibrous vegetables such as carrots and beets, you’ll need a more high-powered blender for this smoothie. For great blenders that won’t break your bank account, check out my review of the best Vitamix alternative blenders.

Banana Smoothie for Acid Reflux

Banana Smoothie for Acid RefluxBananas are so popular because they give smoothies the creamy, thick texture we all crave. If you’re one of the few people who doesn’t like bananas, you can substitute them with mango, papaya, or soft, ripe pears.

Oats can be a perfect ingredient for acid reflux smoothies since they’re high in fiber. Studies have shown that foods rich in fiber may be beneficial for fighting acid reflux.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 2-3 almonds
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • a hint of cinnamon

How to Prepare:

Place the oats at the bottom of your blender. Pulse a few times until ground. Add the almond milk, bananas, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Blend until creamy and smooth. Enjoy!

Simple Acid Reflux Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie for Acid RefluxThis green smoothie recipe for acid reflux is so simple, yet so delicious! It’s easy to prepare and should take you less than 5 minutes to make.

Pineapples are said to be anti-inflammatory. They contain an enzyme called Bromelain which may be beneficial for treating acid reflux.

Keep in mind, however, that some doctors advise against eating pineapples if you have acid reflux. Pineapples typically score lower on the pH scale. Please make sure to talk to your doctor to find out if pineapples should be a part of your diet.

Although pineapples are considered being acidic, this green smoothie’s taste is on the sweeter side. It’s a great smoothie recipe for those of us who usually don’t like green smoothies.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup mango chunks, frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
  • 1 banana

How to Prepare:

Simply place all ingredients into your blender and blend on the highest setting until smooth. Add ice cubes for a more refreshing taste.

Alkaline Smoothie for Acid Reflux

Alkaline Smoothie for Acid RefluxAn alkaline diet may help balance your body’s pH levels and thereby reduce your acid reflux symptoms.

Beets, spinach, bananas, and cherries are all considered being alkaline. They’re are low in fat and sugar, and high in fiber, the ideal combination for treating acid reflux. For more delicious smoothies, check out my 10 alkaline smoothie recipes.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ small beet
  • 1 cup cherries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup spinach (optional)

How to Prepare:

Prepare the beets, place everything in your blender and blitz away!

Acid Reflux Smoothie with Pineapple

Pineapple Acid Reflux Smoothie

As I’ve mentioned before, pineapples are lower on the pH scale but contain an enzyme that may help with acid reflux. If you’re not sure if pineapples are right for you, simply leave them out. This tropical smoothie tastes just as delicious without the pineapple.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup mango chunks, frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

How to Prepare:

Simply place everything into your blender jar, turn your blender on. Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

What Else Can You Do Besides Smoothies?

After having made the necessary changes in your diet, what else can you do when heartburn strikes?

  • Drink your smoothies slowly – In fact, you should try to drink and eat everything more slowly when you’re dealing with acid reflux.
  • Consume smaller meals – Larger meals may put pressure on your muscle that helps keep stomach acids from backing up into your esophagus.
  • Stand up straight – Acid reflux can get worse if you’re sitting or lying down. Whenever you feel heartburn or chest discomfort try standing up.
  • Try dopping a few pounds – Overweight is one of the most common causes of GERD and acid reflux. Those extra pounds may increase your abdominal pressure and make heartburn more likely.
  • Chew sugarless gums after meals – It can help promote salivation which may help neutralize the acid. Keep in mind, however, that peppermint-flavored gum should be avoided!
  • Avoid eating before going to bed – Having a meal three hours before lying down can make your symptoms worse. It’s best to have your anti-acid reflux smoothies early in the morning or for lunch.
  • Try baking soda with water – Baking soda mixed in water is considered being highly-alkaline. It may help you neutralize your stomach acids. A teaspoon dissolved in one glass of water should do the trick!

These were my favorite smoothie recipes for battling acid reflux. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for treating GERD and acid reflux. Although making healthier choices may help reduce the symptoms, you should always talk to your doctor before making changes in your diet. Do you have any smoothie recipes to share? What are your favorite smoothie ingredients for fighting acid reflux? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

Vibrant Happy Healthy

2 Comments

  1. Daneara johnson

    Thank you so much for these recipes I will be trying them

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