I’m on a real breakfast smoothie kick. I think it must be because it’s getting warmer and brighter in the mornings; meaning I feel less inclined to scoff a big bowl of porridge and am finding myself gravitating towards something just as nutritious, but more refreshing. Something like this smoothie.
Manuka honey is made by the bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka bush, also known as the tea tree. Manuka is an antioxidant which can increase our immunity. The honey is richer and darker than other honeys; with amazing microbial and antibacterial traits, giving it the well-deserved title of ‘the healing honey’.
Don’t believe all that nonsense? In a recent study carried out by the University of Sydney, manuka honey killed almost every type of bacteria it was exposed to – including those that were antibiotic-resistant. In 2004, the NHS gave consent for the use of the miraculous honey as a wound dressing. I rest my case. Or in this instance, my manuka honey jar… That cost £10. Literally, liquid gold.
Bee pollen is made by honey bees, and is eaten by the younger bees. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans (all 22 amino acids, woo!). Bee pollen is rich in protein (nearly 40%), vitamins and folic acid. It is a natural energy enhancer due to its abundance of carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins. Amongst many other remedies this glorious little morsel can provide; it reduces the presence of histamine and can relieve us of health problems such as asthma, allergies and sinus issues.
I’ve got into the habit of keeping fruit in the freezer in case I ever need a quick go-to breakfast. I like using frozen fruit so that I don’t need to use ice cubes. Watery smoothies = a massive no-no, in my books.
MANGO, MANUKA HONEY & BEE POLLEN SMOOTHIE (serves 2)
- 200ml almond milk (or any other milk)
- 1 mango, cut into chunks then frozen
- 1 banana, sliced then frozen
- 1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled then roughly diced
- 1 tbsp manuka honey
- 1/2 tbsp bee pollen
Put everything in a blender until fully combined and drink straight away.