It was one of those weeks where I felt the beginnings of a cold scratching at the back of my throat, hinting at a more powerful attack, for a few days in a row. I woke up with a stuffy head and low energy with no desire to wash the growing stack of dishes or go outside to get in my daily walk along the river. What it was, most likely, was allergies, but I made sure to load up on vitamins, homemade bone broth, echinacea and elderberry extracts and plenty of hot tea before I took my first antihistamine. Before things could get better, they had to get a little worse — and that’s when I turned to this vibrant creation.
I’ve run out of things to call my smoothies. There’s already been one named The Green Monster. Can I call this one Swamp Thing? I need a name that implies health and vibrancy, that suggests it will taste delicious but doesn’t try to hide the fact that there is wheatgrass in there…wheatgrass that tastes a little earthy and not at all like a milkshake. Vitamin C Swamp Monster of Health & Wellness. Is that a good smoothie name?
I started with kale, and added plenty of Vitamin C with frozen fruit and fresh lemon juice. A little ice and coconut water was enough to blend everything smoothly with a touch of sweetness, although it was the addition of the earthy wheatgrass that required half of a banana. I’m watching my sugar/fructose intake and so was a little loathe to put the banana in, but it provided just the right amount of creaminess to mask the intensity of the wheatgrass. Topped with some bee pollen, this is a veritable cocktail of nutrients — vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants abound, and it still tastes delicious.
Bee pollen is full of good stuff. It comes from the saliva of honeybees, and, like anything involving our own pre-digestive spit, is therefore is chock full of enzymes. It’s high in energy and supplies a complete amino acid profile, plus it’s an excellent complement to the immune system of anyone suffering from allergies. Some of the components of bee pollen have actually been shown to neutralize the body’s histamine response, which can help naturally alleviate allergies, especially if the pollen is collected locally. Bee pollen and airborne plant pollen are not the same things – one is a byproduct of the kingdom plantae reproductive cycle, and another is a raw food, a byproduct of a natural catalyst. Ah, science and nature. How well the two combine and how amazing our world is.
1 c. frozen mango chunks and peaches (half cup each)
2 c. kale, washed + trimmed of stems
8-10 oz. coconut water
I packet Amazing Grass Wheatgrass
half a banana
1 tsp. bee pollen
Layer the ingredients in a high-speed blender, starting with the liquid, the kale, and adding the frozen fruit and ice on top. Whir away until smooth and creamy. Sprinkle 1 tsp. bee pollen over your smoothie and enjoy for health and happiness.