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Coconut Banana Kale Smoothie

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Yep, another green smoothie. Kale is to blame but in a good way! I guess since I can’t really control the colors of these smoothies, I decided to mix up the container I use to drink it out of.  My favorite vessel is a typical mason jar but today I used a glass milk bottle. It really doesn’t matter what you drink it out of, it is delicious!  Today’s smoothie has a power house of nutrients.  It is a bit higher in calories but my goal in these smoothies is to get nutrients and healthy fats.

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/4 oz raw kale (approx. 5 leaves with stems)
  • 2 cups raw young Thia coconut water
  • 6 3/4 frozen banana (2 medium)
  • 2 Tbsp raw coconut butter
  • 1 tsp Bee Pollen
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp NuStevia powder

Preparation:

  1. Blend water and spinach in your blender first.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. **I add a handful of ice to my smoothies too.**

Tip to always remember!

  • Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. BUT even with that, be sure to chew your smoothies.  The chewing process starts the release of the saliva in your mouth.  The mixture of saliva and your food is where digestion begins.  This is a very healthy habit to get into.  It may feel strange at first but soon it will become an automatic response.

Nutritional Value:

  • Calories: 543
  • Fat: 20.5
  • Fiber: 21.6
  • Carbs: 69.6
  • Sodium: 568
  • Protein:: 14.2

Today’s Spot-Light Superfood:

Live Superfoods Dried Bee Pollen Powder

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Referred to as “nature’s perfect food”, bee pollen contains 96 known nutrients, with a high degree of bioavailability. No other single food offers the array of vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids, antibiotics, enzymes, trace elements, fats, and hormones found in bee pollen. It can alleviate the nutritional deficiencies common in today’s world, and help the body rebuild and rejuvenate itself.

Bee pollen contains up to 40% high-quality protein, more than any animal product, and all the essential amino acids, making it an excellent food for nourishing the brain and building strength. It is a rich dietary source of zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and other minerals, and provides the highest concentration of vitamins of any food found in nature.

It is also packed with live enzymes, as well as phytonutrients, including co-enzymes, bioflavonoids, phytosterols and carotenoids. In order to preserve enzymatic and nutrient value, do not expose bee pollen to heat.

Bee pollen is perhaps the highest dietary source of rutin, which helps increase the strength and integrity of blood cell walls, strengthens the heart, and helps control high blood pressure.

In addition, bee pollen is a natural antibiotic in which bacteria simply cannot exist, providing increased resistance to infection. Antibiotic factors present in the pollen have been proven effective against E. coli, proteus, and salmonella organisms.

Used by many cultures around the world for its remarkable range of health benefits, bee pollen serves to:

  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Promote production of healthy blood cells
  • Assist asthma and allergy sufferers
  • Help regulate body weight
  • Rejuvenate unhealthy or aging skin
  • Relieve menstrual and menopausal symptoms
  • Decrease chronic prostrate inflammation
  • Increase alertness and well-being
  • Perform myriad other functions to enhance physical and mental health

Many athletes take bee pollen to help increase their energy levels and endurance, and it has been widely used by Olympic athletes to increase their stamina while training. It has been of particular benefit to underweight athletes, enabling them to increase body weight and lean muscle mass. Because pollen is particularly rich in B-complex vitamins, minerals like potassium, and amino acids, it supports the glandular system, which is responsible for increased stamina and surges of vitality.

Pollen is also an excellent free radical scavenger that can protect against the negative effects of pollution and exposure to radiation.

The wide range of nutrients found in bee pollen work together, providing a synergistic impact that seems to improve their overall absorption by the body and enable better utilization of other nutrients present in the diet. Pollen corrects imbalances caused by deficient nutrition, and provides particular benefits when the body is challenged during times of increased stress.

Suggested Usage:

An optimal dose is about 1 teaspoon per day – an amount that takes one bee working 8 hours a day for a month to gather. Beginning users should start with a tiny amount (about the size of a sesame seed), to guard against a rare but possibly extreme allergic reaction, and build up the dosage gradually over several weeks.

Our bee pollen powder is simply finely ground bee pollen granules in a finer consistency for consumption. Both the powder and granules have a lightly sweet, nutty flavor.

Information brought to you by: livingsuperfoods.com

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