Today I want to share with you a convenient practice that not only boosts my daily nutrition through the roof, it also saves me time and effort! I’m pretty crazy about smoothies. I feel like I keep blogging about it but it is one daily habit that packs a lot of punch when it comes to your health. There are endless options of additives in smoothies, some of which add no taste, only nutrition. In fact, I wrote a post about 6 tasteless smoothie add-ons HERE.
There’s really not a lot to say about what I do but it’s convenience ensures loads of health benefits. I simply combine bee pollen, flax seed, chia seeds and hemp hearts in a large, glass air tight container. I add 1/4 cup to my smoothie each day and experience a boost in energy as well as prolonged fullness!
Benefits of Chia Seeds:
- High in fiber-Aids digestion
- Antioxidant rich-supports radiant skin
- Helps to balance blood sugar
- High in omega 3 fatty acids
- Reverses inflammation
- Boosts energy and metabolism
- High in protein-Supports muscles
- High in calcium-Strengthens bones and teeth
Benefits of Flax Seeds:
- High in fiber
- Contains healthy fats
- Supports healthy skin and hair
- Reduce inflammation
- Lowers cholesterol
- Antioxidant rich
- High in Omega 3s
- Decreases the risk of breast cancer
- Can help in reducing PMS and menopause symptoms
Benefits of Hemp Hearts:
- Long lasting energy
- High in protein
- Helps curb appetite
- High in fatty acids
- Fiber rich
- Lowers blood sugar
- Balances blood pressure
- High in amino acids
- Reduces inflammation
Benefits of Bee Pollen:
- Strengthens immune system
- Boosts metabolism
- Eases depression
- Boosts energy
- Relieves Allergies
- Treats infertility (pollen stimulates ovarian function)
- Reduces cravings and addictions
- Supports healthy blood composition
- Antibiotic qualities
- Improves skin health
- Helpful in balancing hormones
- Improves digestion
I wrote THIS article on bee pollen. It is one of the most amazing super foods you could eat. Out of all 4 ingredients, it is the one that has a bit of a taste, but not bad. It is also known to cause allergies like an itchy throat and nose if you eat too much at a time. I am very prone to outdoor allergies and have not had this issue with bee pollen but I wanted to warn you.
From all the benefits listed above, you can see why this addition to your smoothie could really boost your health, including your skin health! I also should mention that each of these ingredients are very affordable!
I keep this container by my Vita Mix and pop 1/4 cup in my smoothie in seconds. I’m sure many of you smoothie lovers would agree, you waste a whole lot of time opening packages, searching for your tablespoon, scooping and then trying to seal those darn bags back up! I’m all about fueling my body in the easiest way possible and this little trick is one of my favorites!
Below, I’ve linked my favorite brands:
Stay tuned, because I’ve got another little time saving smoothie trick up my sleeve coming soon!
Jenni, this is genius! I always feel like I am opening so many little packages every day…this makes so much sense! These are all great ingredients. I always have chia on hand. Kind of fell off of the flax seed bandwagon, but you’ve just inspired me to get back on it. You could also sprinkle this mix on top of hot cereal.
Elizabeth! I just found that I was adding so much to my smoothie that it was taking forever to make it and I was feeling burnt out just from making it! I didn’t even think about sprinkling it on cereal-great idea!!!!
What a great idea …. saves that little bit of time and energy and propagates using the ingredients instead of saying “oh well, no time today”. Thanks for the share, love it.
Great idea. Question: can I add 1 tsp of raw cacao to ease the flavor of the bee pollen (or maca root)?
What’s your opinion on raw cacao powder?
I’m a bit scared that it will make me breakout.
Nadia-Raw Cacao powder has wonderful benefits for the body-I can’t imagine that it would break you out unless you are allergic. I’m not sure if it would ease the tasted of beeswax-I haven’t tried it. I think it might give your smoothie an even weirder taste though. Good luck!
This is a great idea! Do you mix equal parts of each? Thanks!
Tawnya-Yes, equal parts! Thanks!!
When do you drink your smoothies? Do you replace a meal with them? Thank you!
Danielle-I drink mine with my breakfast. I just have 2 eggs then a smoothie. If for some reason I don’t get the smoothie in at breakfast, I’ll have it for lunch. I used to add so much in to my smoothie that I did use it as a meal replacement. I’ve lessened all the calories that were in them so I wouldn’t qualify my current smoothie as a meal.