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 :)