10 Bee Pollen Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss and Health Boost
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10 Bee Pollen Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss and Health Boost

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Are you looking for ways to add high-powered nutrition to your busy schedule?

Bee Pollen is truly a superfood. It’s a concentrated nutrition powerhouse, carefully collected from flowers by busy honey bees.

You can eat it straight from the spoon, add to foods and of course - use it to make delicious high-nutrient smoothies!

Studies have shown bee pollen to have strong potential from a health and weight loss perspective.

The best part?

You can get all of these benefits just by adding a small amount to your smoothies… perfect if like me, you’re someone with a busy routine.

Here’s what you need to know about bee pollen and why it’s such a great addition to your smoothies.​

What's my favorite Bee Pollen brand?

I'm often asked what brand can I recommend?

So here's the one -

greenbow brand

It tastes great, certified organic, packaged to preserve freshness... no wonder I absolutely love it - you can check it out here.

What is Bee Pollen?

The first thing to know about bee pollen is that it’s not the same pollen that causes allergies such as hayfever.

Bee pollen is made up of pollen that worker honeybees gather from flowers and bring back to the hive. There it is packed into tiny balls by other worker bees. In the hive it is placed into special honeycomb chambers and coated with honey and beeswax.

Once it is all ready the bee pollen is used to feed the baby honeybees as well as being the main source of protein for the worker bees in the hive.​

Bee Pollen ready to eat

Bee Pollen - a Tiny Treasure Chest of Nutrients

Bee Pollen contains all of the nutrients and protein that the worker bees need to work all day and the baby bees need to grow healthy and strong.

This may explain why bee pollen contains over 250 types of nutrients!

This includes vitamins, protein, amino acids, natural sweeteners, lipids, fatty acids, enzymes and minerals. It also has bioflavonoids and carotenoids - plant nutrients that are known for their health benefits to us humans.

Bee pollen contains more protein for its weight than any animal-based food, and for its weight has more amino acids than meat or eggs.​

Bee Pollen Health Benefits

Here’s a great video summing up some of the benefits of bee pollen

Bee pollen has been found to be a health booster worth having. Here are the most important benefits and uses:

#1 High in Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals, which have been linked to a range of diseases and aging.

​Studies have shown that bee pollen contains a lot of antioxidants and this can be really important for people suffering from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

#2 Stress Reliver

Because of its many nutrients, bee pollen has been shown to increase circulation in brain tissue, and boost mental ability that has been compromised because of stress.

Therefore, bee pollen can be effective as a way to increase energy and boost mood - especially in people who are stressed, elderly, depressed or ill. This was shown even in small amounts taken just on an occasional basis.​

#3 Improve Athletic Performance

Bee pollen contains carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins for long lasting energy.

It has been taken by athletes for its ability to improve energy levels, with the British Sports Council reporting strength gains of 40 to 50 per cent.​

#4 Enhance Fertility

Researchers looked at how bee pollen affected fertility in animals. Male rabbits given bee pollen had significantly better fertility, sperm quality and blood profiles after ingesting bee pollen.

The female also benefitted from it, with increased ovarian function after they consumed bee pollen.

Even though it has been shown that bee pollen has a positive effect on fertility for animals, at present more research is still needed to confirm whether this will also be the case with humans.​

#5 Improve Allergies

Girl with allergy in a field

Consuming bee pollen can have a positive effect on allergy symptoms. This might sound weird considering that a lot of people are allergic to pollen itself.

However…

Research published in the Journal of Allergy found that the actual product that bees create from the pollen was effective in improving hayfever symptoms.

Research from Japan has shown that bee pollen can play a big role in inhibiting activation of mast cells in mice, which are linked to allergies.

Important: if you have a pollen allergy, be aware that there is a risk of serious allergy when consuming bee pollen - even in very small amounts.​

#6 Anti Inflammatory

Important: if you have a pollen allergy, be aware that there is a risk of serious allergy when consuming bee pollen - even in very small amounts.

​According to researchers, bee pollen can be used beneficially in both acute and chronic inflammatory conditions.

There’s also a study comparing a range of bee pollens that are available on the market. It found anti inflammatory benefits, although some were more potent than others.​

#7 Boost Bone Health

Bee pollen shows promise in the treatment of osteoporosis, suggests an animal-based study published in Joint Diseases & Related Surgery.

In tests on rats, the study's authors determined that bee pollen may help boost bone levels of calcium and phosphate and protect against osteoporosis-related bone loss.​

#8 Boosting Immunity

Bee pollen has antibiotic qualities that help the body to fight off infections.

A study looked at the anti-microbial and anti-viral properties of bee pollen and found that commercially available bee pollen had the ability to fight various viruses, microbes and fungi including staph and candida.​

#9 Treats Cancer

Bee pollen has been put forward as a way to treat certain types of cancer. Propolis (the bee “glue” that is produced by bees) has been shown to have anticancer properties.

#10 Protection for the Liver

A study has shown that bee pollen helps protect against toxins in the liver and promotes the healing of liver damage.

Bee pollen performed as well as other treatments without any of their harsh or dangerous side-effects.​

Bee Pollen for Weight Loss

The jury is still out as to whether bee pollen can directly contribute to weight loss but it seems there is some potential for this.

Bee pollen contains protein, which can help you to feel fuller for longer. This won’t help you to lose weight by itself but it does significantly reduce the potential for snacking and “filling up” on unhealthy foods that will likely lead to weight gain.

Studies have indicated that bee pollen has anti inflammatory benefits and this can have a knock on effect with regards to weight.

Reducing inflammation in the body makes it easier for the body to lose weight so consuming bee pollen on a regular basis can help to maintain a healthy weight by keeping inflammation to a minimum.

There is anecdotal evidence that bee pollen can help to reduce cravings, which could be great news from a weight loss perspective.

A lot more research needs to be done in this area though before this can be backed up and verified.​

What Does Bee Pollen Taste like?

I can define the taste of bee pollen as something like flower petals, but more concentrated and has a bit of sweetness in it.

I think it is palatable but not that exciting. When you incorporate it in a smoothie, the taste gets completely masked by the other ingredients.​

Where Can I Buy Bee Pollen?

You can find it in health food stores, farmers markets or buy directly from a local bee keeper.

However, since it is harvested from flowers, you should take care to buy a product that's free from pesticides, and ensure the bee colonies were not treated with chemicals.

The easiest is to just order from Amazon, bee pollen made by a reputable brand such as this.

Pro Tips

  • You can blend bee pollen directly into your smoothies, stir it in after blending or just sprinkle it on top of your smoothie.
  • Bee pollen can have powerful effects so it’s a good idea to gradually build up our intake to help your body to get used to it. Start with one teaspoon and work your way up to the maximum recommended dose of one tablespoon per day.
  • Once it’s opened, bee pollen is best kept in the refrigerator. Before this, it does best in the freezer to extend its shelf life as the nutrients quickly decay when it’s stored at room temperature.
  • If you have an existing health condition and hope that bee pollen will improve the symptoms of this, it’s always best to check with a medical professional before you start consuming bee pollen.

10 Bee Pollen Smoothie Recipes

I’ve got 10 delicious and super healthy bee pollen smoothie recipes to help you to start experiencing the benefits for yourself.

Blueberry, Banana & Bee Pollen Smoothie

Blueberry, Banana & Bee Pollen Smoothie

This smoothie is packed full of nutritious ingredients which add an extra helping of antioxidants, vitamins, protein and fiber.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nut milk, coconut or raw milk
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp bee pollen
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds

Optional: 1 tbsp of cacao, spirulina or hemp powder; a pinch of cinnamon; a dash of honey or maple syrup.

Instructions

  1. If you’re including flax seeds, you’ll need to grind them before blending.
  2. Once this is done (or if you’re not using flax seed), add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Banana, Date & Bee Pollen Smoothie

Banana, Date & Bee Pollen Smoothie

The combination of banana, date, almond milk and honey will set you up right for the day if you have this smoothie in the morning! Plus, the bee pollen gives you a whole heap of nutrients.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ banana
  • ½ tsp bee pollen
  • ½ tsp raw honey
  • 1 date (stones removed)
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Before blending, remove stones from the date.
  2. Blend everything together until smooth and creamy.

Green Avocado Smoothie with Bee Pollen

Green Smoothie with Bee Pollen

Cucumber and celery add antioxidants (as does the bee pollen!), plus it’s packed full of other goodies such as banana, avocado and nut butter for vitamins, healthy fats and protein.

Ingredients

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • A pinch of ginger
  • 1 cup almond milk

Optional: 1 tsp spirulina

Instructions

  1. It works best if you blend or juice the cucumber, celery and ginger first.
  2. Then add the other ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Can be prepared as a smoothie bowl, like in the photo above, if you add less almond milk to make it thicker.

NB: If you’re not having the smoothie straight away, it can stay refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Strawberry & Bee Pollen Smoothie Delight

Strawberry & Bee Pollen Smoothie Delight

This smoothie is just like a yummy strawberry and banana milkshake … but with lots of added nutrients!

Ingredients

  • A handful of strawberries
  • ½ Banana
  • 2 tbsp low fat or Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk (preferably almond or coconut but can be regular milk)
  • ½ tsp bee pollen

Optional: 1 tsp Acai Powder

Instructions

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

Green Coconut Bee Pollen Smoothie

Green Coconut Bee Pollen Smoothie

The addition of yogurt makes this smoothie feel more like a super healthy milkshake!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz coconut water
  • 1 tbsp yogurt (preferably coconut)
  • A generous handful of spinach
  • 1 banana (ripe works best)
  • 1 tbsp bee pollen

Instructions

  1. Peel the banana.
  2. Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Fruit Cocktail Bee Pollen Smoothie

Fruit Cocktail Bee Pollen Smoothie

Melon, berries, kiwi and citrus fruits are the way to go with this smoothie recipe!

Ingredients

  • ½ melon
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 3 kiwis
  • ¼ lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • 1 ¼ cup water

Instructions

Blend all of your ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Raspberry Orange Bee Pollen Smoothie

Raspberry Orange Bee Pollen Smoothie

Get a berry and citrus boost with this delicious smoothie recipe! You’ll get a range of nutrients but you can make it even healthier by adding a touch of spirulina.

Ingredients

  • 4 frozen bananas
  • Half bunch spinach
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 small handful raspberries
  • 1 tbsp bee pollen

Optional: 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch of spirulina

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

NB: If you prefer, you can sprinkle the bee pollen on top of your smoothie afterwards rather than blending it with the other ingredients.

Pumpkin and Bee Pollen Smoothie

Pumpkin and Bee Pollen Smoothie

Banana adds a creamy texture to this smoothie, which also contains healthy pumpkin, almond milk and bee pollen.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp pumpkin
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • ½ cup almond milk

Instructions

Add all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

NB: If you prefer a creamier consistency, you can add a bit of Greek yogurt.

Avocado, Spinach & Bee Pollen Green Smoothie

Avocado, Spinach & Bee Pollen Green Smoothie

Adding avocado to your green smoothies makes for a deliciously creamy texture, plus it’s full of healthy fats!

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • Handful of spinach
  • Handful of kale
  • ½ orange
  • 1 tbsp bee pollen
  • ½ cup almond milk

Instructions

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

Avocado, Spinach & Bee Pollen Green Smoothie

Fruit Medley & Bee Pollen Smoothie

Fruit Medley & Bee Pollen Smoothie

There’s a whole host of nutritious fruit in this delicious smoothie!

Ingredients

  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup low-fat yogurt
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 1 date (pitted)
  • ½ mango
  • 1 apricot (pitted)
  • 1 tsp bee pollen granules
  • ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. Quarter the apple and remove the stems and pit from the dates and apricot.
  2. Blend the apples or pour the apple juice into the blender.
  3. Add the other ingredients and blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. For a cool double layer: don’t mix the blueberries right away, but mix the rest of the ingredients, pour into half a glass, then mix the rest with the raspberries and fill the glass.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post.

As a busy person who is on the go a lot, I absolutely love knowing that I can get such a great range of nutrients from adding just a small amount of bee pollen to make my smoothies even more healthy!

Please feel free to share it so more people can find out about the amazing benefits of adding bee pollen to smoothies!​

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  • Adam says:

    Thanks so much for this post!

    I had no idea you could get so much good stuff from a tiny bit of bee pollen – pretty amazing!

    I can see another trip to the health food store coming up so I can start trying it out in my smoothies 🙂

    • Jennifer Pelegreen says:

      Thanks Adam!

      Let me know what you think of the recipes once you’ve got your bee pollen and started trying them out 🙂

  • Andy says:

    I had no idea you could eat bee pollen but it sounds like it has some incredible benefits!

    Think I’ll be giving the green coconut and fruit medley recipes a try pretty soon 🙂

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