Antioxidants, Nutrient Basics, Raw, Smoothies and Juices, Vitamins and Minerals

Bee Pollen Smoothie

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.  ~George Bernard Shaw

When you get something right, you just know it. Welcome to the Bee Pollen Smoothie.

This smoothie is freakin’ awesome, my go-to smoothie for the mornings where I am too busy to throw together anything proper – hence, my busy bee smoothie. Super simple, absolutely delicious, and nutrient-dense, of course. Perfect for a post-workout or even for kids, print this recipe out, through it up on your refrigerator and savor.


THK Busy Bee Smoothie

THK Busy Bee Smoothie


Quick Fun Nutrition Facts of the Bee Pollen Smoothie


Cacao Powder: 

1. Antioxidants: Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. Good thing we also have blueberries though 🙂

2. Neurotransmitters: Cacao raises serotonin (creates happiness), stimulates endorphins (think runner’s high), contains phenylethylamine (our LOVE drug), and increases anandamide (our “bliss” chemical)

3. Minerals: Cacao is rich in magnesium which is imperative for normal muscle function (relaxation- prevents twitching, restless leg), heartbeat, blood pressure and bone density. Cacao is also rich in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning.

Cacao Beans by icyshard

Hemp Seeds: 

1. Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, Omega 6): Contains the perfect balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6, making it one of the best sources of essential fatty acids. Imperative for brain function, heart health, hormone production and can prevent age-related disease and inflammation.

2. Protein: Hemp seeds contain 10 essential amino acids in nutritionally significant amounts, making it a complete protein. This protein also has a similar cellular structure to a protein manufactured in human blood, making it easily digestible.

3. Minerals: Hemp excels at absorbing minerals from the soil. This makes it a great source of major and trace minerals, which are needed for almost every function in the body. Minerals are so important that it is even said that all diseases and cancers began with a mineral deficiency.

Hemp Seeds

To learn more about fun superfoods to add to your smoothies, check out the THK Superfood Guide



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  • Reply sophie February 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    do you think this would be enough for a breakfast?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren February 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      If you wanted to do it as a meal replacement, I would add 1 extra scoop of the protein and 1 tbs of coconut oil. That should be filling enough 🙂

      • Reply sophie March 1, 2012 at 1:07 am

        I’m sorry to ask this (I have an ED-mind, even though I am on my “path” to “recovery”)…but – will something like this (with the additions to make it a meal-replacement) cause weight gain?

        • lauren
          Reply lauren March 1, 2012 at 2:43 am

          This would be a great meal replacement for maintaining a healthy weight. Coconut Oil has been shown to be effective in weight loss as it stimulates normal thyroid function which leads to a healthy metabolism. If the body is nourished well (i.e with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids), then the body does not tend to require more calories. Remember that the body will return to and maintain a healthy weight when the organ/glands are functioning properly, the body is free of toxins (low toxic exposure, open and clear detoxification pathways) and your diet consists of clean, nutrient-dense, whole plant-based foods.

  • Reply Jasmine Pahl March 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    This looks great! I have been circling the bee pollen at the farmers’ market wondering how I might go about taking the leap and trying it. Here I go!

  • Reply Janet March 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Can you compare hemp seeds to chia seeds for healthful benefits ?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren March 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Hemp: 1. The only food with the perfect ratio of EFA (Omega 3 to Omega 6). This is vital because the balance is needed in order to control inflammation in the body and maintain a healthy immune system. 2. Contains GLA – a unique fatty acid that has anti inflammatory benefits. 3. Protein – contains 10 essential amino acids, making it a great source of protein (33%). 4. Rich in Vitamin E, Iron and Trace Minerals.
      Chia: 1. Rich in dietary fiber. 2. High level of antioxidants. 3. A fabulous vegan source of magnesium and calcium (needed for bone health and muscle/heart health). 4. Contains a significant amount of Iron (needed for red blood cells). 5. Rich in Folic Acid (needed for DNA and RNA development).

  • Reply Jolanta April 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I’m trying this tomorrow! Sounds delicious!

  • Reply jinny October 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    hi lauren,

    i tried taking a blend of raw honey and bee pollen to help with hormone balancing and amenorrhea but found that i’m allergic! it makes my tongue and throat extremely itchy upon taking it. are there any alternatives to this? will honey alone be less effective? in addition, i’ve been taking the ultrapollen supplement you suggested but so far, to no avail. what do you suggest?

    thanks so much.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Jinny, so sorry to hear about the allergy! I would add the DIM – 3 daily and make sure to take 6 capsules of Multi Pollen. If there is not any positive progress, send me a direct email and we can review.

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