Bee Pollen

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Bee Pollen is considered one of nature’s most nourishing foods, containing nearly all the nutrients required by humans. Abundant in free amino acids, proteins (richer than any animal source) and vitamins, it’s considered an energy and nutritive tonic in Chinese medicine. With that said, it obviously has an incredible amount of benefits, but the most well-known are its anti-inflammatory properties (which assist in treating allergies, skin and respiratory problems. A doctor Colorado reported that 94% of his patients showed no symptoms of allergies, asthma or sinus problems once given oral feedings of bee pollen), its enzymes that aid in digestion and help your body absorb more nutrients, helps infertility problems and provides immune and cardiovascular system support due to being so rich in antioxidants.

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It’s recommended to take 1 tsp daily with fruit (the fibers of the fruit boost the activity of the pollen), but since it has a bitter taste I suggest trying to mask its flavor a bit. I like to add some to freshly bottled kombucha or here is my favorite afternoon snack:

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ingredients:

1 medium banana

half an apple

3 tbsp dehydrated peanut butter (non-dehydrated would work the same but turn this into a pretty calorie-dense snack)

sprinkle of coffee salt (ignore if using salted pb)(to make: combine equal parts ground coffee {for this I’ve found the darker the roast, the better} and sea salt)

1 tbsp raw cacao nibs

1-2 tbsp hemp hearts or hulled seeds

sprinkle of matcha powder

1 tsp bee pollen

I try to get the bee pollen in one or two bites due to its not-so-pleasant taste. This isn’t a strict recipe, I just happen to always have these ingredients in my pantry. I also love using coconut flakes (or, better yet, grind them into coconut butter!) and drizzling a natural sweetener (unfortunately something thinner than honey, agave or maple work better) over the top to help everything stick to the fruit.

I’ve found bee pollen in the bulk area at my neighborhood vegetarian/organic co-op but generally it’ll be in the refrigerated supplement area (near things like flax oil) of any health food store. I find it surprisingly low-priced, considering it can’t be synthesized in a laboratory (despite thousands of chemical analyses of bee pollen, there are still elements unidentifiable by science, some witchy bee-magic) and it takes a bee an entire month, working 8 hours a day, to gather a single teaspoon of pollen (each containing 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen).

I end this post with cute pictures of bees, our loyal servants and sometimes scary friends, and urge everyone who reads to please grow plants that help save bees and especially to get the plants from quality nurseries!

“More than half of ostensibly bee-friendly plants sampled at 18 Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart garden centers in the U.S. and Canada contained high levels of neonicotinoids, which are considered highly toxic to bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators”

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