The buzz around the health benefits of bee pollen is fast converting into superfood status. Now if you’re anything like me and a bit of a honey monster then this will be sweet music to your ears.
Not only is this dietary supplement a delicious natural sweetener, low in calories and surprisingly high in protein, but its also brimming with health benefiting properties. The benefits of antioxidant-rich bee pollen are said to include: helping with seasonal allergies, supporting the liver and reducing inflammation. It’s also believed to contain natural healing properties that make it available for use on the skin due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Of particular interest are the touted immune system strengthening properties that bee pollen has. With its antiviral properties acting as the perfect defence against viruses and bacteria. My dad, who’s the least holistic health man I know, swears by the liquid drops of bee pollen in some warm water whenever he feels the onset of a cold.
How to include bee pollen in your diet
Myself, I prefer to consume bee pollen in its dietary form, as I find it a delicious addition to many of my breakfast staples. 1 tbsp of granulated bee pollen can be added to your smoothies, chia seed porridge or protein bars. Or you can make a delicious and nutritious porridge with it as with the recipe below.
Bee Pollen Porridge with apricots and almonds
- 12 almonds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 200ml almond milk
- 1 tbsp bee pollen
- 60 grams of organic oats
- 1 tbsp chopped dried apricots
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- a pinch of salt
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Pre-soak in the almonds in the almond milk overnight if you have time to help with their digestion. Add all ingredients to the pan and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and cook for around 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to thicken and cool for a minute or two before serving.
Nutritional breakdown of Bee Pollen Porridge
Bee Pollen – contains a rich mix of amino acids, antioxidants and enzymes. Bee pollen is a complete protein rich in vitamins (particularly B vitamins) and minerals.
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Almonds – rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin E and magnesium.
Dried apricots – a great source of dietary fibre and carbohydrates.
Sunflower seeds – full of heart-healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E, Niacin (B-3) and minerals.
Oats – fantastic healthy gut food due to containing large amounts of beta-glucan fibre.
Coconut oil – contains healthy fatty acids that raise HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood.
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