Bee pollen is a true superfood. Some even argue that it’s the most complete superfood found in nature.
Given this high praise, you might be wondering – soooo, what is bee pollen exactly? Great question. Put simply, it’s a mixture of nectar and the mineral matter of flowers that bees bring back to the hive. It serves as bees’ protein source and can help serve as ours too. After all, bee pollen is an energy-rich protein full of antioxidants, enzymes, and all 22 essential amino acids. This makes it great for your health – and an added bonus is it tastes great too.
***DISCLAIMER: Do not consume this product if you are allergic to bee pollen. If you suspect you might be allergic, speak with your doctor before ingesting.***
While bee pollen has many health benefits, my favorite are that it soothes seasonal allergies, reduces stress, and boosts energy. Here’s how:
Soothing seasonal allergies: Bee pollen has been used as a natural remedy against allergies for centuries. It works similar to over-the-counter meds in that it acts as anti-histamine for flower pollen. For the most reliable anti-allergy relief, start taking 1-2 tbsp. of bee pollen approximately a month before your worst allergy season begins and continue eating this superfood until your allergy season ends.
Reducing stress: Bee pollen’s natural nutritional and tonic properties improve blood supply to the nervous tissue, which improves your mental capacity and strengthens your nervous system. When this happens, your body becomes better equipped to manage stress. To gain these benefits, consume 1 tsp. of bee pollen three times a day during your busiest months.
Boosting energy: There are a host of reasons it does this, but my favorite reason for this is bee pollen is a complete protein that has – gram for gram – more protein than meat, eggs, and cheese. As a result, bee pollen aids muscle synthesis, boosts your energy reserves, and increases your strength, speed, and endurance. You can gain these benefits by simply eating 1-2 tbsp. daily.
A quick word of caution: Not all bee pollen is created equality. You want to buy high quality pollen, like Brendle’s Bee Pollen, to gain these benefits. You can tell bee pollen is high quality when its granules range in color, spanning yellow to black.
If you’re curious how to use bee pollen, check out some of my favorite bee pollen recipes below. And while you’re at it, go ahead and add bee pollen to your next Green Bean Delivery order. You won’t regret it.
3 Easy Bee Pollen Recipes
Green Spring Smoothie
Ingredients: 2 celery stalks, 1 1/2 cup nut milk, 1 cup greens, 1/2 avocado, 2 tbsp. hemp seeds, 2 half-inch slivers of fresh ginger, 1 tbsp. bee pollen, 1/2 juice of lemon, lemon zest
Directions: Place all items in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more nut milk if needed.
Overnight Oats with Bee Pollen
Superfood Oat Base Ingredients: 1/2 cup rolled or steel cut oats (not instant or quick), 2/3 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, dash of cinnamon
Oat Toppings Ingredients: 2 tbsp. slivered almonds, 1-2 tbsp. bee pollen, 1 tbsp. shredded coconut flakes, 1/4 cup blueberries.
Pour 1/2 cup of oats into a small jar or container (I use mason jars). Add 2/3 cup of almond milk, a dash of cinnamon, blueberries, and 1 tbsp. of chia seeds to the jar. Stir ingredients together then seal the container and place in the fridge overnight. The next morning, pour out the contents of the overnight oats base you prepped into a bowl. Top with bee pollen, shredded coconut flakes, and almonds.
Chocolate Bee Pollen Ice Cream
*Created by Freddie Kimmel
Ingredients: 1 full avocado, 1 frozen banana, 1 heaping tbsp. raw cacao powder, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1-2 tbsp of collagen protein
Mash avocado, banana, raspberries, collagen protein in a Vitamix or blender.
In a separate bowl combine 1 tsp. cacao nibs, 1 tsp. bee pollen, 4 ground walnuts, pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt, and mix together to top the dessert.
Best served as a mid-day/late afternoon snack as the raw cacao and bee pollen can increase energy.
Erica Ballard is a Healthy Living Expert and Coach. She has been featured by The Mom Project and Green Bean Delivery and is the host of The Full Plate podcast. She understands the true effect food has on mindset and success and works closely with clients to identity foods and habits that fuel their professional and personal goals. Erica believes better food leads to a better life and is on a mission to show people how to live healthy despite their busy schedule. Erica has a Masters from Tufts School of Medicine and worked in health and public health for almost a decade before starting her business. She now lives in her hometown of Indianapolis with her amazing fiancé Nick and their really cute dog Max. For more information, check out here site at www.ericaballardhealth.com.