the buzzing bee smoothie

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The Buzzing Bee Smoothie

You’ll be buzzing around like a busy bee after drinking this smoothie!

The Buzzing Bee Smoothie

I found another research study proving that coffee is good for us!  Studies show coffee is packed with antioxidants and may prevent against diseases such as type 2 diabetes, but what about instant coffee?   I have always been skeptical of using instant coffee grinds and still am however, this article by the Molecular Nutrition and Food Research got me thinking!  The process of making coffee “instant” actually increases the antioxidant content!   The study showed that instant coffee drinkers had less biomarkers of oxidative stress, which means less inflammation in the body, and ultimately less risk of chronic disease!

Yay coffee!  

Shall we brew another pot?  Ok, I won’t go that far…everything in moderation, right! But, a little buzz here and there may be a good thing!

I combined my love of coffee and chocolate in one delicious smoothie!

The Buzzing Bee Smoothie

Bee pollen was added for a little superfood action!  Some say bee pollen is “nature’s perfect food” because it is a complete protein and contains B vitamins, vitamin C, minerals and flavonoids.  It’s used to treat allergies and menopausal symptoms, but is most commonly used as an energy enhancer and for antioxidant support.  Bee pollen can be found at most health food stores and should be refrigerated to maintain freshness.  Note:  Those who have bee allergies should refrain from using bee pollen!

The Buzzing Bee Smoothie

The Buzzed Bee Smoothie

2 cups milk of your choice (I used soy milk)

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

2 frozen bananas

1 tablespoon cacao powder or high quality cocoa powder

1 tablespoon bee pollen

3 dates

1 tablespoon instant coffee grinds

(I used Starbucks VIA however, I’m sure regular coffee grinds would taste good too!)

~Blend and Enjoy~

As always, feel free to throw in some baby spinach, hemp seeds, chia seeds or coconut oil!

The Buzzing Bee Smoothie

Top with extra bee pollen and cacao nibs for fun!

Warning:  If you are someone who is sensitive to caffeine this may not be the smoothie for you! Try using decaf grinds and decreasing the amount of cacao to lessen the buzz :)

A good friend brought this to my attention:  A vegan that uses bee pollen is considered a “Beegan!”  So, technically this isn’t  a pure vegan recipe, it’s a Beegan recipe :)

carrot banana strawberry smoothie with bee pollen

To bee or not to bee???

Bee pollen, considered nature’s perfect food due to its high level of protein with all  essential amino acids, anti-inflammatory/antibacterial properties, high level of vitamin B12 and abundance of folic acid.

It has been used for well over 2,000 years by the Chinese, Romans and Egyptians.  It is said that Hippocrates and Pythagoras both prescribed bee pollen for its healing properties.

You may be asking yourself…What is bee pollen?

“Bee pollen comes from the male germ cell of flowering plants.  As the honeybee travels from flower to flower, it fertilizes the female germ cells with some of the male germ cells it picks up.  The remaining male pollen is collected and brought to the hive, where the bees add enzymes and nectar to the pollen.”  (The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods)

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Health claims include:

-Boosts immune system

-Prevents cancer

-Improves fertility by stimulating ovarian function

-Relieves allergies

-Gives complexion a radiant glow by preventing premature aging of cells and stimulating growth of new skin tissue

-Improves athletic performance

Unfortunately, not enough medical research has been preformed to verify these health claims.  But, that has not stopped people from BEElieving in its healing qualities and including it into their diet.

Bee pollen is not to be used by those taking blood thinners or those who have allergic reactions to bee stings or pollen.   Also, there is insufficient data to determine its safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  For those who have chronic medical conditions or take prescribed medications, check with your doctor first!

Start out slowly, taste a granule or two and watch for adverse side effects.  If bee pollen and you get along well, try it in a smoothie or sprinkle it on peanut butter toast.  You can even make a powder by blending it together with cinnamon…yum!  Store bee pollen in the refrigerator to protect its active enzymes.

carrot banana strawberry smoothie with bee pollen

Carrot Banana Strawberry Smoothie

(2 servings)

1 cup almond milk + 1 cup water (or 2 cups almond milk)

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

2 carrots

1/2 teaspoon bee pollen

additional add-ins: 

flax seeds

chia seeds

hemp seeds

a few almonds

1-2 handfuls of baby spinach

~Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix, blend and enjoy!~

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