the buzzing bee smoothie

Need a lift?  

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 :)

mean, clean and green smoothie

Refreshing, rehydrating and radiant!  

Mean, Clean and Green Smoothie ~raw, vegan~

Drink your greens for an energizing start to any winter day!

This smoothie packs a powerful punch of nutrients to keep your body running strong!  Hemp seeds provide a healthy dose of protein, omega fatty acids and fiber to boost the nutrition content and to keep you satisfied!

Mean, Clean and Green Smoothie ~raw, vegan~

 Mean, Clean and Green Smoothie

1 banana

1 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup water or coconut water

3 large kale leaves

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

~Blend and Enjoy!~

Mean, Clean and Green Smoothie ~raw, vegan~

Your body will thank you :)

It’s kid friendly too!  This guy asked for a second helping!

Mean, Clean and Green Smoothie ~raw, vegan~

This smoothie made it on our favorite list!  What’s your favorite green combination?

post thanksgiving cran-apple cleanser

Still feeling full from yesterday?  Add this smoothie into your day to get you back on track!

Think of it as scrubbing bubbles for your gut!

Cranberries are indigenous to North America where Native Americans used them medicinally for hundreds of years.  They are a great source of vitamin C, fiber and the antioxidant called anthocyanidins.  However, they are most famous for their ability to ward off urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

This smoothie takes the anti-bacterial powers of cranberries and blends them with the cleansing effects of lemon and celery creating the perfect post-thanksgiving drink!

Cran-Apple Cleanser ~the perfect green smoothie for after thanksgiving~

Cran-Apple Cleanser

2 cups coconut water or water

1 apple, cored

1/2 cup cranberries

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 cup frozen berries

1/2 frozen banana

1 stalk of celery

1 handful of spinach

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

pinch nutmeg (optional)

~Blend and Enjoy~