First, I want to get something straight. I´m a vegan, yet I use bee pollen. They seem mutually exclusive, and I admit that for years I did not touch anything that had honey, propolis, or beeswax. I probably chose some products that were less natural or ecologically manufactured out of strict dogma. It is an animal product, and as a vegan I didn´t want it.
Well, fast forward a few years. For the first time in my life, I began to suffer from seasonal allergies. Last year was the first year that it happened and I found myself trying many things that I otherwise would not allow into my body. I took antihistamines, which worked to an extent but were not great. I even tried homeopathy, and homeopathic pills are virtually impossible to get without lactose. I told myself that I was doing the best that I could, but was I?
I have known for a long time that local honey has some profound effects in terms of allergy prevention. I just did not want to go there. This year though, before the Spring hay fever blitz begins, I have already begun on a regimen of bee pollen. And surprise, surprise, I love it!
Bee pollen has plenty of other benefits. Dr. Gabriel Cousens calls it the “semen of the plant world”. In his epic tome Spiritual Nutrition, he states :
“It is 20 percent protein(gram for gram, it has five to seven times more protein than meat, eggs, or cheese), is 15 percent brain-building oils and lecithin, has sixty-three minerals and most of the B vitamins, and has vitamins C and E, nucleic acids, 5,000 enzymes and coenzymes, and essential fatty acids…Bee pollen is the ultimate biogenic food and the procreative force of the plant world.”
half an avocado
2 cups spinach
2 tbsp. maca
1 tbsp green probiotic powder
Blend until creamy and smooth and top with bee pollen. Makes enough for two large servings. I love to eat my smoothies with a spoon now 🙂