Bite into the new health trend with organic raw bee pollen sold at your local health food store. A natural antihistamine, as well as a mountain of other beneficial properties, bee pollen is being hailed as a new superfood, here's why the granules created by bees are so great.
It is almost sweet in taste, crunchy in texture, and definitely grainy. By crunchy, I don't mean that the pollen has the same crunch of a crisp or cereal, but is more on par with a hard nougat because it is also quite chewy.
Bee pollen is a fantastic supplement to your diet, especially if you suffer with hayfever. Thankfully I have never suffered with the dreaded seasonal reaction, but I do have sensitive skin, which is prone to itching when I come in contact with new fabrics, or if I use a new detergent. I was overjoyed to find one teaspoon a day helps with itchy skin, and after a week of taking bee pollen straight from the spoon, as well as mixed into Greek yogurt, my skin was no longer sensitive, and truly improved.
Each golden grain is packed with active enzymes. A tablespoon of bee pollen provides about five grams of protein which is great if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Bee pollen is also a yummy sweet alternative to sugar. It beats refined sugar as a cereal/porridge topping, and is higher in protein than nuts and eggs.
Surprisingly kids seem to love bee pollen. When I babysat my niece and nephew and prepared their breakfast they both curiously looked over my bowl of fruit, yogurt, and bee pollen. I let them try some and they were absolutely taken with the crunch and flavour. With the price in mind, however, I gave them a teaspoon to share between them.
In all honesty I wouldn't give bee pollen to my niece and nephew on a regular basis because of the cost, and even though it is suitable for all ages, the bee pollen is a luxurious food, which is somewhat of a decadent health supplement.
A little goes a long way; bee pollen isn't a filling food, but a teaspoon or two in a smoothie, or mixed in with nut butter or even baked into biscuits is a surprisingly fibrous mini-meal in its own right.
Use the bee pollen any way you like, but I enjoy it in its simple form and as a topping for a number of snacks, or straight from the spoon for an instant hit of satisfying, honey-flavoured crunch.