As someone who has been suffering his second bout of gastritis and erosive esophagitis, I've long championed the use of a powerful blender to make smoothies because they are easier to digest and the nutrients are generally absorbed better.
I see some people pushing the Vitamix blender, which is a great machine and works extremely well, but at $400 plus for many of their models, it might be out of the reach for some people. I have found that the Healthmaster Blender, Nutribullet, and Ninja blenders are just as good as the Vitamix at only a fraction of the cost.
I've had my Healthmaster blender now for about 4 years and wouldn't dream of living without it. My brother no longer wanted his Vitamix blender, which is the only reason why I have one now.
Sometimes what causes our GERD symptoms aren't just certain trigger foods, but also food additives you might not be aware of. Using myself as an example, I found out that MSG really irritated my stomach and sulfites in red wine cause my esophagus to spasm.
Adding one to two vegetable / fruit smoothies a day has helped alleviate my symptoms.
Suffering from gastritis and erosive esophagitis since 2011. Conquered it once and am going to conquer it again because this time I've taken total ownership of my health. Gluten, dairy, MSG, sulfite free now and don't plan on eating out again until I am healed.