Manuka honey is a nutritiously rich honey produced by bees that only collect pollen from the Manuka Bush - a tough, hardy, evergreen known for its medicinal, therapeutic and aromatic uses. As a result, manuka honey packs a real punch with its various medicinal applications including antibacterial and antiviral properties as well as many other unexpected health benefits - Learn all about manuka honey in our article: Manuka Honey? From New Zealand? What is this Delicious, Medical Grade Honey all about!? Health Benefits, Uses, Smoothie Recipes and more... (opens in new tab).
The 5 Best Manuka Honey Smoothies
If you like honey and haven't already heard of Manuka Honey then boy have we got a deliciously sweet surprise in store for you today with our Manuka honey smoothies!
Being such a potent ingredient with a fantastically rich and complex flavour, it's obvious to see how manuka honey can be used to work wonders in our smoothies! For those familiar with the sweet, rich, nectar prepare to be left with your mouth watering and taste buds tingling as we bring you the 5 best manuka honey smoothie recipes for you to try!
Manuka Honey Smoothie Recipe #1
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- 2 Carrots
- 3-4 Celery Sticks
- 3-4 Cabbage or Dandelion Leaves
- 1/2 Beetroot
- 1 Large or 2 Smaller Apples OR Pears
- 3 Spinach Leaves
Optional extras can be added to enhance specific nutritional content and/or flavour and preference - feel free to experiment with different ingredients until you find your perfect combination!
Optional extras include:
- 3 Apricots
- 1/2 Red Onion
- 1 Papaya
- 1 Clove of Garlic
- 1 Cup of Blackberries
- 1 Cup of Chopped Fennel
After washing down the ingredients to prevent any unwanted contaminants making their way in, proceed to chop your ingredients and send them all through your juicer.
Inflamed intestines sometimes are unable to stomach (pardon the pun) such a concentrated mixture depending on your chosen optional extras. It is thoroughly recommended that the yielded juice be diluted to approximately 50% strength using either water or a suitable herbal tea replacement (see below).
You should aim to be making enough for approximately 1 Litre (35oz) of diluted juice per day, which should be consumed over the course of the day in quantities of approximately 5-7oz servings. (Roughly 5-7 servings per day).
SUITABLE HERBAL TEA INGREDIENTS
The herbal tea ingredients below have a restorative effect on the intestine and bowel and can be used in the place of water above to dilute down the concentrated juice.
- Golden Seal
- Dandelion Root
What's in it for me!?
- Blackberries, raspberries and blueberries contain phyto-nutrients are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants which induce intenstinal anti-inflammatory responses.
- Apple, pears, guavas, plums, gooseberries and oranges, along with other citrus fruits contain large amounts of pectin which soothes the intestinal mucous membranes.
- Apricot, beetroot, carrot and papaya are high in bera-carotene which heals inflamed intestinal mucous membranes.
- Cabbage, dandelion, and garlic are high in organosulfur (organic sulfur) which plays an important part in the effective protection of the liver function while healing the bowel.
- Leafy, green, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, spinach and pak choi (bok choy) are high in vitamin K which strengthens the immune system positively enhancing natural gut bacteria decomposition.
- 2 Red Apples
- 2 Green Apples
- 2 Pears
- 4 Carrots
Depending on the strength capabilities and size of your blender/juicer slice the ingredients to an appropriate size and then one by one add the ingredients ensuring the carrots are included between the other ingredients so that a more complete blend is easily obtained.
With a blender you will have the benefit of the full fiber intake as all the material is included in the smoothie created. You may wish to add ice according to taste as a way to alter the thickness of your smoothie or extend the yield of a particular batch.
Juicers, on the other hand, typically remove the pulp from your returned yield, thereby dramatically reducing the amount of fiber retained in the final juice mix, leading to a more liquid 'juice' in the end. Bear this in mind when using the ingredient mix as a therapeutic aid for digestive issues where fiber is your focus.
Apples: Rich in fiber and important antioxidants, and flavanoids. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Pears: Another great fiber and antioxidant containing fruit, with an abundance of vitamins - calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, folate etc.
Of important note: A new analysis of the Nurse's Health Study showed that across all fruit and vegetables analyzed for flavonoid content, the combination of apples and pears produced the most consistent ability to lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Carrots: An excellent source of beta-carotene, fibre, and antioxidants. Rich in Vitamin A, C, K, B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper and manganese, carrots are a truly nutrient rich veg.
- Antioxidants are powerful substances the protect the body from a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases
- Anti-cancer properties
- Blood pressure and cholesterol management
- Digestive issues
- Anti-ageing, wrinkle reversing, skin enhancer
- Thoroughly hydrating (great for all organs)
- Weight loss
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By combining foods with antioxidants that boost cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain we can create a whole host of natural goodness that has almost immediate positive influences on our brain activity and cognition as well as improving memory and overall performance over time.
Beetroot, a natural vasodilator, is really great for improved blood flow to the brain, as well as Blueberries and Blackberries. Combined with potassium sources such as the favourite Bananas and Coconut Water you're onto a winner. We've saved those for some upcoming recipes though just to let your mouth water a bit first ;)
For now though...
It's simple and only includes the following:
- 2 Beetroots
- 2 Sweet Potatoes
- 6 Medium Carrots
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