Yummy! I just had this atop my breakfast acai bowl. One thing I love about doing this blog is that I have already learned so many new nutritional facts to share with you guys while I’ve been exploring ingredients for buddha bowls. Check it:
What’s bee pollen?
Honeybees collect pollen grains from flowers and pack these grains into granules with special hairs on their hind legs and a sticky substance secreted from their stomachs. They carry just two granules back at a time that will eventually be fed to their young. Bee farmers collect just a little to keep their bee friend’s hives thriving.
From the health website Dr. Axe:
Chemical Composition of Bee Pollen
- 30 percent digestible carbohydrates
- 26 percent sugars (mainly fructose and glucose)
- 23 percent protein (including 10 percent of essential amino acids)
- 5 percent lipids (including essential fatty acids)
- 2 percent phenolic compounds (including flavonoids)
- 1.6 percent minerals (including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, silicon and selenium)
- 0.6 percent water-soluble vitamins and acids (including B1, B2, B6 and C)
- 0.1 percent fat-soluble vitamins (including vitamins A, E and D)
10 Ways to enjoy:
- Yogurt, smoothie & cereal topping
- Add ground bee pollen to cooling homemade granola while it is still moist and sticky.
- Blend into smoothies
- Add to raw protein bars, raw desserts or candies
- Salad toppers
- Salad dressings
- Popcorn topping
- Garnish for dark chocolate
- Coating for sugared almonds or hazelnuts
- Toast topper – especially good with almond butter and cinnamon