Smooth Mama (and you) will be ready to take on the world with this greener than green concoction this week!

This super green juice is a great balance of both fruit and veg and is better than a coffee in the morning at getting you “up and at ’em”, as they say 😉

*apple *lime *ginger *celery *cucumber *cavolonero – all *omniblended and then beeyouteefully garnished with a little *beepollen 

Bee Pollen – what’s all the buzz about then?

Next time you happen across a honeybee take a closer look and you’ll see the microscopic pollen grains (tiny yellow balls) clinging to their legs. Bound together with nectar, this valuable cargo is then transported back to their hive where they use it as an essential source of protein.

Known as the ‘food of the gods’ or ‘Ambrosia’ in Greek mythology, bee pollen is packed full of essential nutrients…

  • Protein – bee pollen consists of approximately 40 percent vegetable protein, making it a valuable source of this essential nutrient for vegetarians.

  • Vitamins – bee pollen is rich in vitamin E, which helps to protect your body’s cells from oxidative stress, and contains vitamins A, B complex (including vitamin B12 andfolic acid), C & D.

  • Minerals – bee pollen boasts an impressive selection of minerals, including selenium, magnesium, calcium, copper, zinc, iron, silica, phosphorous, sulphur, chlorine and manganese.

  • Amino acids – bee pollen has 20 out of the 22 essential amino acids and gram for gram apparently contains more amino acids than beef, eggs or cheese!

  • Carbohydrates – bee pollen is high in carbs (in the form of natural fruit sugars)

  • Antioxidants – bee pollen contains rutin, which helps to strengthen your blood vessels and capillaries, and support your cardiovascular system.

bee2Given the alarming reduction in the number of these precious wild pollinators and what a continuation of this decline will mean for our ecosystems and food production in the future, it’s important to ensure that your bee pollen is responsibly sourced. I buy mine online from Greens Organics whose organic producers are based in Northern Spain. Harvesting is around April/May time; so before the European summer and after the spring rain, and for approximately three to four days per week, for four to five weeks only. The bees will brush against a thin mesh that’s placed at the entrance to the hive and a small portion of the pollen will be knocked off and collected in a box underneath as they enter the hive. These responsible beekeepers ensure that there’s plenty left for the busy bees, who work on average eight hours a day for an entire month to produce just one teaspoon!

If you want to know more about what the decline in bees means for our future and show your support along with thousands of other people around the world by petitioning for a ban on bee-killing pesticides and unsustainable industrial agricultural practises visit http://sos-bees.org/

The more people who sign, the more organisations such as Greenpeace can influence the governments and companies who have the power to act and save the bees 🙂

Enjoy your juice and bee good 😉