The Buzz on Bee Pollen
words by Saskia Gregson-Williams
Bee Pollen is made by honeybees and is considered to be one of natures most nourishing and complete foods as it contains almost all the nutrients required by our bodies. It’s richer in proteins than any other animal source, contains more amino acids than the likes of eggs, beef or cheese and is rich in vitamin B and folic acid.
5 reasons why bee pollen should be sitting in your cupboard:
1) Immune Booster– It is rich in antioxidants and has antibiotic-type properties that can aid the body fight viruses, making it essential for this time of year.
2) Energizer – Bee pollen is brimming with a range of different vitamins and minerals. The proteins, carbohydrates and B vitamins replenish and energize your body fighting off fatigue and enhancing stamina and mental performance.
3) Skin conditions– Bee Pollen is not only edible, it is also used in creams as an anti-inflammatory. Its high content of amino acids aid the re-growth of skin cells.
4) Aiding Digestion– Bee pollen also contains digestive enzymes that help your body to absorb all the essential nutrients you need from your food. This is especially beneficial for those that suffer from bloating after meals.
5) Fertility– Bee Pollen stimulates and helps to restore ovarian function and can assist you when trying to get pregnant.
When is it most beneficial to eat Bee Pollen?
Bee Pollen is best eaten with a meal, and is most effective when eaten alongside fruit at breakfast.
Now you know what all the buzz is about its time to get your digestive juices flowing with this Blue-Bee smoothie:
This smoothie is full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, Omega 3, protein and potassium. All ingredients culminate to add wonderful nutrition and taste factor to this recipe, but the flavour of Bee Pollen surpasses the rest making it the main attraction. Its not only incredibly good for you (as you may have gathered) but adds a manuka honey- esque flavour and a delicious natural sweetness.
Serves 1 large
1 cup blueberries
2 tsp bee pollen
1/2 cup pomegranate
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
1 cup oat milk
Blend up and enjoy, this smoothie truly is the bees knees of smoothies!