Orange, Almond Milk and Honey Smoothie
This smoothie is really delicious, especially for those with a sweet tooth…much like myself. Honey is the perfect way to add a little sweetness to smoothies with bitter tasting vegetables. I wanted to “doff my cap” to one of my firm favourites honey, as it can be a key ingredient to any smoothie.
Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar became widely available in the 16th century. Honey production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, even animals such as bears, badgers and more – raided honeybee hives, risking stings for the sweet reward!
A healthy, whole-food diet and proper sleep is the best recipe for boundless energy, but if you’re looking for a quick energy boost, such as before or after a workout, honey can suffice. This is particularly true for athletes looking for a “time-released fuel” to provide energy over a longer duration. This smoothie for a mid-morning snack? Oh yes please!!
Now if like me, you’re a hayfever sufferer….Locally produced honey, which will contain pollen spores picked up by the bees from local plants, introduces a small amount of allergen into your system. Theoretically, this can activate your immune system and over time can build up your natural immunity against it. Yay!!
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
Amongst the many health benefits of honey, what is most impressive to me is that honey can be a powerful immune system booster. It’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease.
If you want to get the goodness from your honey, make sure it is pure and raw. Raw honey contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes not present in refined honey.
Honey is a sugar, so I wouldn’t advise consuming jars full of it if you value your good health and want to maintain a healthy weight. It has a high caloric value and will put you on a sugar high and low. But there is no doubt the right Honey is good for you… in moderation. It has been utilized for its medicinal properties for over 2,000 years and continues its legacy as a multipurpose health and beauty aid.
2 handfuls of Organic Spinach
½ Cup of unsweetened Almond Milk
1 tpsp Raw Organic Honey (if possible)
Rinse ingredients well
Peel the orange and separate into segments
Core the apple, leaving the skin on.
Add all the ingredients including the honey and milk to blaender or Nutribullet.
Add water for desired consistency, ensuring (if using a Nutribullet) you do not exceed the Max line.
Blast until smooth.
This is a great smoothie for the whole family especially children as it is not only is packed with vitamins, but it’s very delicious. The perfect summer smoothie!
Photos: Karen Bryson