Sarah’s (current) Obsession — Bee Pollen

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Okay, guys. I’m totally obsessed with bee pollen! It’s like my new favorite thing. Here’s why :

Numbero Uno) It supports your local farmers(!) I got mine from Small Barn Farm just outside of Kansas City. There are many farms that provide locally harvested honey & pollen not only in KC, but all over. So find one near you and try something new. A good place to start your search would be a local farmers market or natural grocery store.

2) It helps with seasonal allergies. Now — I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews online about this. Critics say that bee pollen does not help seasonal allergy symptoms and can even be dangerous for those with certain outdoor allgeries. The idea is that bees in your area pollenate local flowers and plants and by taking a small dose of those bee’s pollen you immunize yourself to the allergens in your area. I suppose if you had a serious allergy to a specific flower or plant it might not be worth the risk of having a reaction because there is no way to tell or control which plants bees pollenate. Having that said — I’m sold. Both Travis and I tend to have horrendous seasonal allergies. We started taking a daily dose (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) just before Spring had sprung. We’ve been pretty religious about it and, with the exception of a single day’s worth of mild congestion, we’ve been free of the usual long and drawn out agony of seasonal allergy symptoms! So, I’m hooked!

3) It’s a super food (?!) Bee Pollen is an acclaimed energizer, immunity booster, digestive and respiratory aide, and is chalk full of amino acids and vitamins. yea, i know!

NUMBER 4) SAVE THE BEES

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So, now that you know how awesome bee pollen is how are you supposed to eat it??

WELL, let me tell you!

There are lots of ways to eat bee pollen and creativity is strongly encouraged. Each batch of pollen has a slightly different taste. Some being sweeter, more floral, or earthy. It’s difficult to describe, but it’s powdery and has a fragrant musk… in a good way (!!) but has only a slight flavor to me.

Bee Pollen can simply be mixed into apple sauce or yogurt. Most of the time Travis and I take it in our coffee or tea. It dissolves in liquids, but has a tendency to sediment at the bottom so stir frequently :)

Here are a few other, more adventurous, ways to consume bee pollen that I’ve come up with.

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First, and most obvious, order of business… how can I eat it with chocolate…

Dark Chocolate Jasmine Bark w/ Lavender & Bee Pollen Sprinkle

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Grapefruit & Bee Pollen Vinaigrette

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Pear & Yellow Pepper Juice w/ Bee Pollen

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You can really mix bee pollen into any juice. I chose to make one that was yellow just to go along with the theme. :)

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Recipes

Dark Chocolate Jasmine Bark w/ Lavender & Bee Pollen Sprinkle

ingredients :

– 15oz dark chocolate

– 1/2 t loose leaf jasmine tea

– 1/2 t dried lavender, divided

– 1/2 t bee pollen

– 1/4 t kosher salt

how – to :

– bring a small pot of water to a simmer and place a glass bowl over the pot. place the chocolate in the glass bowl and stir until melted all the way through. (or use a double boiler)

– while the chocolate is melting place the jasmine and half of the lavender into a motor and pestle. crush together until you get a fine consistency.

– remove the glass bowl from the heat once the chocolate is melted all the way through. stir in jasmine/lavender mixture and the salt.

– pour over a backing sheet and spread with a spatula evenly about 1/4 – 1/8th of an inch thick.

– sprinkle the remaining lavender and bee pollen over the top.

– allow to cool until completely hardened. or stick it in the freezer for a couple hours if you’re impatient like me :)

 

Grapefruit & Bee Pollen Vinaigrette

ingredients :

– 2 T olive oil

– 2 T fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

– 1 T lime juice

– 1/2 t bee pollen

salt & pepper to taste

how – to :

– put all the ingredients into a mason jar with the lid on. shake well. drizzle over your favorite salad combinations.

I used my very own home grown (on my little apartment patio) salad green, radish sliced thin, green apple slivers, and cashews!

 

Pear & Yellow Pepper Juice w/ Bee Pollen

** if you don’t have a juicer, no sweat! you can easily make this or any other juice recipe into a smoothie using a blender. Just add a serving of your favorite yogurt and a couple ice cubes. **

ingredients :

– 2 pears

– 3 carrots

– 1/2 yellow bell pepper

– 1/2 inch piece of turmeric

– 1/4 t bee pollen

how – to :

– cut all the ingredients into 2-ish inch pieces

– put through a juicer at the according speed

– mix in bee pollen

– enjoy within 24 hrs. the sooner the better! :)

 

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