Do you know what I’m in the mood for? That’s right, a bee pollen smoothie! If you are like I used to be, back before I was obsessed with healthy smoothies, you are probably wondering just what the heck I’m talking about. Bee pollen, am I talking about honey?
Nope! Not honey at all. Bee pollen is indeed made by honeybees, but it is actually what young bees eat. Bee pollen is a strange mixture of bee secretions (one being honey) and pollen particles. For humans, it is incredibly healthy. In fact, bee pollen is on the same level of nutritional goodness as some super seeds.
By mixing bee pollen with other nutritional ingredients and fresh fruits, like oranges, and mangoes, you are fueling yourself to be as busy as a bee. Get it, see what I did there?
Is Bee Pollen Good for You?
People ask me all the time if bee pollen is really so good for you. The answer I always give them is… yes! Bee pollen has oodles of positive health benefits – so many that it would be ridiculous for me to list them all here. We would never get to the delicious bee pollen smoothie recipe.
Still, there are a few major things you can expect when consuming bee pollen on a regular basis. First off, you are going to have more energy and feel more alive. Secondly, your body’s systems are going to be boosted.
Bee Pollen helps to regulate your intestines, generate new blood, fill you with energy, and even boost your immune system. A healthy serving of bee pollen every day can help prevent catching a cold or another even deadlier infectious disease.
Also, there is a possibility that by adding local bee pollen to your smoothie every day, when allergy season comes around you will be less likely to experience dramatic symptoms. This is great for constant sneezers like me.
The Bright & Cheery Bee Pollen Smoothie
Unlike some smoothies that only have three or four ingredients, my bright & cheery bee pollen smoothie comes with a grocery list of super nutritious ingredients. But these don’t only make an ultra-healthy beverage, these ingredients combined make a drink that looks and smells just like summer.
Thanks to the spices, bee pollen, and honey, the smoothie has a sweet, almost breezy taste to it. The mango really helps to explode the honey flavors and add a touch of sweet fruit flavoring. The result is absolutely mouthwatering. Be careful when drinking this smoothie in the summer. You might run out of mangoes faster than you can buy them!
- 2 Cups of Fresh Orange Juice/ Or 4 Peeled Oranges
- ½ Mango
- 2 Tablespoons of Bee Pollen
- 1 Banana
- 1 Tablespoon of Honey
- 10 Full Almonds
- 2 Tablespoons of Oats
- ¼ Tablespoon of Turmeric
- ¼ Tablespoon of Cinnamon
- ¼ Tablespoon of Cardamom
- Dash of Pepper
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for roughly 30 seconds, or until the perfect texture. Your bee pollen smoothie will be the same vivid yellow color as a honeycomb. Not only will the drink look refreshing, but it will taste refreshing too.
For a bit of extra flair, sprinkle some matcha on top and then garnish with another pinch of bee pollen. This makes it look professional, and is a great way to serve company. Your friends will be blown away by this great smoothie.
Green Bee Pollen Smoothie
Being able to make a healthy bee pollen smoothie with mango just isn’t enough. Here we have a green bee pollen smoothie recipe that will make an excellent start to anyone’s morning.
While the bright & cheery bee pollen smoothie is great for hot summer days, the green bee pollen smoothie is a good energy boost in the morning. With lots of leafy greens mixed with bee pollen and apple juice, you will feel refreshed and invigorated, and ready to face the next challenge.
- 1 Cup of Pure, Unsweetened Apple Juice
- ½ Cup of Water
- ½ Cup of Frozen Spinach
- 1 Cup of Frozen Broccoli
- 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Ginger
- 2 Tablespoons of Bee Pollen
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
Place all the ingredients in your blender and blend for between 30 and 60 seconds, until the smoothie has a silky texture and there are no leftover chunks of spinach. With a bit of practice, you will always know when your smoothie is ready.
Because this is a green smoothie and we are not using milk or any thick fruits like mango or banana, you will notice it has a consistency that is more similar to juice. If you want a thicker smoothie, try only using enough water to help liquefy the concoction.
Just like with our first smoothie, you can go ahead and garnish with some extra bee pollen and some chia seeds. This will make the presentation nicer and add a bit of crunch to your smoothie. Of course, chia seeds are totally optional. You can garnish with whatever you want, or no garnish at all.
Bee Pollen Smoothie: Final Thoughts
Bee pollen is something of a miracle. It is available at almost any health food store, it has unbelievable health benefits, you can use it in just about every imaginable smoothie, and you know it’s good because it comes from bees. Everyone trusts bees, right? They are mother nature’s pollinators.
The only thing to keep in mind when dealing with bee pollen is making sure you buy yours from a reputable source that does not use pesticides (for numerous reasons). You also want to keep your bee pollen in the fridge so that it stays fresh.
Also, depending on where your bee pollen comes from, the hue of your smoothie may slightly differ. If you suffer from allergies, especially serious allergic reactions involving bees, you may want to speak with your doctor before making one of these smoothies.