By Meredith Sobel, Manhattan Healthy Food Examiner, 7/18/2009
I bet you are wondering, what is bee pollen? Well, its pretty much what it sounds like...its pollen from flowers with bee's enzymes secreted on it. Its the precursor to honey. Its this enzymatic process that makes the honey and these enzymes according to many raw foodist's that are our life force.
I know that adding bee pollen to oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt or any other soft food is just a great way to boost my energy. Whether its instead of coffee as a pick me up or a post-work out snack, adding bee pollen to your daily regimen is a great way to increase your energy.
Things to watch out for: for some, bee pollen can be an allergic food. Some of my clients have reported rashes or itching from bee pollen. Many find that the pill form is much stronger than the actual food. I recommend the food.
Also a little goes a long way. 1-2 tablespoons is all you need (sometimes just 1-2 teaspoons). Bee pollen still has calories (about 15 per teaspoon - but only 2 grams of carbs if that, in moderation - its fairly safe even for diabetics) - but not many and is a great way to naturally sweeten up your breakfast or snack...