This strawberry ginger banana smoothie is not only delicious but helps relieve nausea and upset tummies!
I call this my upset tummy smoothie. For a few years up until last November, I’d wake up in the middle of the night feeling really nauseous and I’d remain a little nauseous for a few days.
It was bizarre. Several doctors and an endoscopy later, I decided just to try probiotics. I took those for a week and haven’t been nauseous since!
But I still keep this strawberry ginger smoothie around because it’s yummy and I get bored way too easily by what’s on my regular smoothie rotation. Banana ginger smoothies seem to be the classic anti-nausea smoothie but let’s be honest – that’s really boring.
If you’re super nauseous, boring is great, but if you’re not feeling that terrible, the strawberries are a nice touch. Strawberries don’t actually appear to benefit the stomach in any way, but they don’t hurt it (unless you’ve got an allergy!) Besides. It’s finally strawberry season which means it’s time to throw strawberries into everything!
It’s a really basic smoothie. Ginger, bananas, strawberries and Greek yogurt or coconut milk yogurt for a dairy-free / vegan / paleo version.
They also have cultured almond milk! Think of it as dairy-free Greek yogurt. And I threw in some oats, which you’d have to leave out for the paleo and grain-free version.
Here are some of the reasons why I picked these ingredients.
- Has been shown to treat or even prevent nausea which results from motion sickness, pregnancy, and chemotherapy. If using ginger for morning sickness, do not use it for more than 4 days.
- Soothes the intestinal tract.
- Note: it’s not recommended to consume more than 4 grams of ginger per day. Also, do not give ginger to children younger than two.
If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can sub ground ginger. Use 1/4 teaspoon and add more until the smoothie is your desired spiciness.
- Easy to digest.
- Don’t upset the stomach.
- Well-known to help with stomach issues. The pectin they contain helps naturally firm bowel movements (the first and last time I ever mention that over here. ;))
- Contain potassium, which you may need if you’re dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea.
They also have a super important role as the sweetener in this smoothie recipe! There’s no added sugar, no honey, no anything. Unless I have some outrageously sweet strawberries, I’ve found that I need a banana to sweeten my smoothies.
- Like I said earlier, eating strawberries doesn’t have a beneficial effect on the stomach like the other two but diets rich in strawberries have been shown to help prevent gastric illness and protect the stomach lining from alcohol.
That’s something, right? :D
- Coat the lining of the stomach which eases digestion and creates an overall soothing effect.
- Contain soluble fiber which is important in helping to maintain digestive tract health. Healthy digestive tract = happier tummy = fewer tummy aches. At least in theory. :)
Want something a little more dessert-like? Try this roasted strawberry shake from Vegetarian Mamma!
Anti-Nausea Smoothie (Strawberry Ginger Banana Smoothie)
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- Yield: 1 serving
- 1 medium to large very ripe banana (120 grams without the peel)
- 7 large strawberries (186 grams), hulled and washed
- 1/2" piece of ginger (4 grams), peeled and chopped into 4 chunks
- 1/2 cup (114 grams) plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (or coconut milk for a dairy-free / vegan / paleo version)
- 1/4 cup (25 grams) quick oats or rolled oats if you don't mind some chunks of oats in your smoothie, optional (use gluten-free certified oats if you need this to be GF or omit for paleo / grain-free)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional and only if you're feeling well!
- milk of choice, if desired
- Use an immersion blender, blender or food processor to blend everything together until thoroughly combined. Add milk to thin it out, if desired. My strawberries were very watery and I didn't need any milk at all. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
This post is not intended as medical advice – it’s for informational purposes only!
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! This helped me feel better and it is the most nutritional thing I have been able to tolerate since the morning sickness hit.
You’re welcome! I’m so happy that you found something that you could tolerate. :) Good luck with the morning sickness and the rest of your pregnancy!
After suffrening with severe morning sickness (all day sickness) and not managing to keep any food or water down. This smoothie seems to have saved me. Delicious, and is really helping me through it. Thank you 😊
Aww. I hope you feel better soon! I’m very happy that the smoothie helped you feel a little better. Thanks for your comment and good luck with the all-day-morning-sickness!
I suffer from nausea almost every day due to digestive issues and ginger can be a relief for sure! I do however have an allergy to bananas, I was wondering if you’d have any reccomendations for something I could substitute them for, or if I could omit them all together?
Banana allergies are tough (I used to allergic to them)! There’s not a good sub for them in smoothies where they’re pretty much the base. They make the smoothie creamy and sweet. You can just omit the banana, but then you’ll likely need to add a lot of sugar and more strawberries for flavor. Sorry I don’t have a better answer!
I make all my smoothies without bananas there are plenty of ways to sweeten a smoothie and make it thick. I usually either put chia seeds of flax with maybe some oats to get the consistency i want. I find that a couple chunks of pineapple is perfect to make the smoothie sweet enough.
Thanks for the tips! That’s good to know. :)
This looks absolutely delicious. I get nauseous with migraines and it can linger for a day or two after the migraine has passed. I have all the ingredients will try this tomorrow. Great post – wish I’d known when I was pregnant with our three bambinos.
Thanks! And oh, gosh. That sounds terrible! I hope this will help you a little. :)
My grandma was a huge proponent of ginger for an upset stomach. Love this smoothies. Not only is it super healthful but so pretty too. Always a bonus.
Thanks, Emily! Ginger definitely does wonders for the tummy. :) Thanks for your comment!
Thanks so much for the recipe. I’ve been feeling off for a couple of weeks and started drinking this along with getting back on track with taking my probiotic and am feeling much better. And it is so tasty that I’m still drinking them. I add a splash of almond milk and ice cubes.
I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well but I’m happy to hear that you’re getting better. :) And awesome that you’re still enjoying this smoothie! I’ll have to try it with some almond milk. I bet it adds a nice flavor! Thanks so much for your feedback.
Just FYI, the powdered ginger seemed to work pretty well. I don’t know how much I put in since I didn’t bother to measure it, probably about what you suggested in your reply. Anyway, I made it, I drank it, and the nausea went away! What an awesome and delicious way to get some relief!!
Thanks for replying and for the recipe!
It’s great to hear that it helped your nausea! I was very happy to read that and that the powdered ginger worked well. :) Thank you so much for coming back to let me know how it went!
I don’t usually have fresh ginger in the house…would ground ginger work? (As in the powdered spice) I might just try it and see since I’m having a day of nausea and need to eat something.
Thanks for the great information with this recipe!
I’m so sorry I didn’t see your comment until now! It’s probably too late but powdered ginger would work, too. Maybe about 1/4 teaspoon? I hope you’re feeling better and sorry again for the late reply!
Tried this, so far effective with helping alleviate the nausea. Thank you :) I love the authenticity and fun in your writings.
Thanks so much! And it’s great to hear that it’s helping you with the nausea. :) Thanks again for your kind comment and I hope you feel better soon!
Omg thank you so much I’m pregnant and when I was feeling pain I made this and I love it thanks
I was so happy to get your comment, Bianca! It totally made my day. I’m happy that you enjoyed the smoothie and that it helped you feel a little better! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know. :)
Hey Erin! Great recipe idea and I love your site. :) My two daughters and I have had stomach issues since…well forever. Most of the time it occurs on rising in the morning, but sometimes I’ll have issues throughout the day, something I ate or drank. And I am a cautious eater. I am mostly vegan with a little wild caught fish; no dairy. Bananas are my go to for the morning nausea and some ginger tea. This combo in a smoothie looks fantastic. Thanks for the creative ideas.
Hi Laura! Thanks for your nice comment. :) I’m so happy that you like the site and the recipes! But I’m sorry to hear that you and your daughters have nausea issues. I hope you find a solution to that soon! In the meantime, I hope the smoothie will help. :)
Too bad I can’t make this smoothie when I’m on a cruise ship… It sounds wonderful. Since nausea is not one of my usual problems, except when seasick, I don’t need this, but I will keep the recipe. This was a very thoughtful thing to post.
Thank you, Susan! I make this regularly even when not nauseous because it’s so yummy so you could always make it just because. ;)
Genius! I never though about putting all these ingredients together and make something enjoyable out of it to relive nausea! I’m glad you’re feeling better, though. It’s amazing how food can heal your body!
I can handle a lot of pain and discomfort but nausea, I cannot stand! Bookmarking and pinning this :)
YES! That’s exactly how I feel about nausea. Give me anything… just not nausea. It’s the not knowing that drives me crazy. “Am I going to throw up or not?!” And I never do. So I just suffer. ;) Thanks for pinning!
I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know a lot of those things! But I am happy I know now! I’m going to try this next time I feel motion sick! Sounds super tasty too :)
Don’t be ashamed, silly! ;) I had to look everything up so I’m not an expert, either. I hope you’ll like the smoothie!
Banana and strawberries.. definitely very yummy smoothie!
Thanks, Medeja! :)
This sounds like it would be delicious even if you weren’t feeling queasy. Can’t wait to try it!
It really is! Hope you get a chance to try it. :)
Wow!!!! I love how this smoothie is not just incredibly delicious but is packed with health benefits. I do tend to get nauseous very often especially after a tiring day in the sun or too much travelling and this is just absolutely the perfect solution to feel refreshed!
Thanks, Samina! I hope this smoothie will help you feel a little better after a long day in the sun. :)
The ginger addition is a total surprise, but I LOVE how this sounds.
When I first read the title I may or may not have thought that you were gonna announce some buns in the oven….just figured you should know how my brain works.
Love this smoothie girl…pinned!
Haha. Well it would make sense with my slow rate of posting, wouldn’t it?! ;) It was a logical thought!
What a great idea! I’ll have to bookmark this recipe for when I eat something a little off or just feel queasy, it sounds delicious too :)
Thanks! I hope you’ll enjoy it. :)