Bee pollen is an incredibly nutrient dense bee product, containing nearly all the nutrients required by humans to survive which is why it has a reputation as a holistic remedy and superfood. Best of all it’s a clean, highly assimilable protein source.
But the taste! It’s pretty bad. And it stops people eating it. But there are a few tricks to helping you not only eat it, but enjoy it too! It’s so worth including bee pollen in your diet – it’s a true powerhouse.
Bee pollen is most well known for it’s rejuvenation and nutritional restorative properties, and for it’s ability to enhance your overall beauty and glow, as well as it’s high protein content – it’s approximately 25% – 40% of highly assimilable protein.
Bee pollen has an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, including the complete B-complex (minus B12) and folic acid, essential fatty acids, Vitamins C and E, and calcium, iron, potassium and zinc.
I’ve written before about the incredible benefits of including be pollen in your diet, but because of it’s strong taste and, shall we say “interesting” texture, it can be hard to actually get it down!
I found it really hard to incorporate bee pollen into my diet at first, I just couldn’t get past the taste! It was time to get creative.
Here are 3 ways to easily include bee pollen in your everyday diet, without gagging!
Bee pollen works faster and more effectively when eaten with fruit. It also improves the taste, so this is the way to go!
1. Mix it with applesauce
The taste seems to disappear when you add it to something sweet. And as a bonus, bee pollen dissolves in most liquids, so the gritty texture disappears too.
These days I make some apple sauce (chop up an apple or two and cook for an hour on low heat) and wait till it cools a little (don’t eat bee pollen with anything hot, it destroys the enzymes). Then I take a heaped tablespoon of applesauce and mix the bee pollen in it, leave it for 15 minutes or so to dissolve, then serve it over chopped fruit (also with a drizzle of molasses).
A squeeze of lime juice or lemon juice works just as well as applesauce too!
2. Dissolve into fresh orange or grapefruit juice
Squeeze a fresh glass of orange and add some bee pollen, let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes to dissolve and then stir it through!
3. Add it to a smoothie
If you’re already a smoothie drinker, this is an easy fix! Add bee pollen to your smoothie, and include a little sweet fruit to mask the taste.
4. Sneak bee pollen into your treats!
As I said, bee pollen goes great with sweets, so if your making some raw desserts, sneak some bee pollen in there too! Here are some ideas: coco chocolate bar, caramel brownie slice, jaffa torte, raw brownies, chocolate truffles, choc milkshake.
How much should I eat?
Some people have an allergic reaction to bee pollen so it’s best to start really slow and see how you go. Start with a few grains and work you way up to a teaspoon. Eat one teaspoon to several tablespoons a day to reap the benefits.
What should I look for in the bee pollen I buy?
Look for ethically harvested bee pollen from a low pollution and environmentally clean area. You will find bee pollen from the health food store, or online from places like iHerb (US) or Loving Earth (Australia) – or even better, find a local organic beekeeper!