I hope you enjoyed a wonderful sunny weekend and are feeling refreshed and ready for the coming week. Today I am sharing with you my honey m!lkshake with bee pollen in it. It is truly delicious and nutritious, which is quite a feat when using bee pollen – as on it’s own it’s a far cry from delicious!
I discovered bee pollen about six months ago, I had read all about it’s fabulous health benefits – in particular a couple of studies where Doctors had used it to help people with allergies and immunology issues.
Bee pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies. Dr. Leo Conway, MD, of Denver Colorado, reported that 94 percent of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with eating bee pollen. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems were cleared.
Bee pollen also contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat and is good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports the immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in protein, as well as amino acids and vitamins. It is a super food. One of the most interesting facts about bee pollen is that it can’t be synthesized in a laboratory. Chemical analyses of bee pollen has been done thousands of times with current diagnostic equipment, but there are still some elements present in bee pollen which science is unable to identify! The bees add some mysterious “extra” of their own. These unidentifiable elements may very well be the reason bee pollen works so spectacularly against so many diverse conditions of ill health.
I got very excited about it’s potential in Aaron’s diet and ordered some bee pollen via amazon, where we get quite a lot of our weird/special ingredients! It arrived, and I opened the pack and tried a little pellet. It was GROSS! It tasted like I imagined ear wax would taste. Absolutely DISGUSTING! My partner tried some too and had to spit it out – we had to use mouthwash to get rid of the taste. It was foul. I was gutted – there was no way I would get Aaron to eat that, it was definitely an acquired taste that he would not enjoy!
If forgot about it for a while, and then a few weeks ago, when the GP advised that Aaron cut out gluten from his diet even though we hadn’t had the results back from his biopsy (still waiting!!!) I was thinking about building him up and getting lots of nutrients and goodness into his bod and thought I would revisit the special if slightly yucky stuff. I figured I could hide it with spices like ginger and cinnamon, and with raw cacao powder. As it’s best in it’s raw form I figured smoothies were the way to go. It worked!
I was timid initially – working with ¼ tsp bee pollen in strong flavoured smoothies, like my chocolate and ginger smoothie. Then I experimented with ½ tsp bee pollen in my mint and chocolate smoothie… slowly I increased the amount of bee pollen, and reduced the amount of other intense flavours until I ended up with this very simple m!lkshake which has lovely raw honey in it too. The perfect m!lk and honey combo; it’s refreshing and yummy for our tastebuds as well as yummy for our tummies!
I hope you give it a go, give bee pollen a go and let us know how you eat yours!! What’s your favourite way to disguise the taste? To be fair to bee pollen I seem to be acquiring the taste for it as I now can eat it unadulterated and find it quite alright!
Here are some other smoothie recipes which you may want to add a little bee pollen to if your are on the start of your journey with it!