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Rick and his Bee Pollen

February 14, 2010

I just got back from working at the farmer’s market, where I picked up a new experimental ingredient:

Bee Pollen.



Rick, the bee man

What is it?

Bee pollen is the pollen taken by bees from the stamen of the flower. (It’s like flower sperm, not to be crude.)

It’s gathered in a powder form and is packed and stored by the bees, then preserved with honey. The bees add an enzyme to prevent it from germinating, and then humans tamper with the wonders of nature and harvest it from the hives. 😀 Those bees would become lazy without us, no?


What can it do?

It’s touted to be one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It made of 55% carbohydrates, 45% protein (amino acids/ enzymes) and contains vitamins C, A, and B complex. Pollen is rich in rutin (a glucoside), which can strengthen capillaries and help produce RNA and DNA.

Supposedly it can do everything from prevent cancer to speed up your metabolism. [source]

One ounce contains approximately 90 calories.

Suggestions from Rick, the bee man:

Because pollen can cause an allergic reaction, build up your resistance by adding 1/4 tsp at a time to your daily diet. (i.e. 1/4 tsp day one, 1/2 tsp day two, 3/4 tsp day three…)

Keep your pollen in the refrigerator and don’t cook it. Sprinkling on oatmeal is okay though.

Blend it into smoothies or sprinkle it on toast.

What does it taste like?

If you’re familiar with the floral notes in honey, you have a pretty good idea of what this tastes like. It’s crunchy and has an herbaceous aroma. It’s sweet, but not as sweet as honey or sugar

I topped a salad with bee pollen and it added a really delicious sweet crunch.

Where can I buy it?

If you have access to a bee farmer or a local farmer’s market, both would be great places to look. Some health food stores carry imported bee pollen. If all else fails, don’t be afraid to buy some from the world wide web.

It cost me $5.oo for about 1 cup (~1/2 lb) of pollen.

Other Advise:

I’ve read to soak your pollen overnight to make the nutrients more accessible.

I plan on adding 1 tsp of pollen and 1 tbsp of chia seeds to almond milk at night, so it’s ready for a smoothie in the morning.


Salad with bee pollen, humnut cheese and *gasp* chicken!

[I haven’t eaten chicken since March 2009, (food poisoning. Let’s not talk about it.) but I was making a chopped chicken salad for my dad and tasted some roasted breast meat. It was really good so I decided to add some to my salad. I’m not sure if I’ll get back “into” meat, but today I enjoyed it.]



Bee pollen in a bag.



Words and photos can not do this justice. Breakfast this morning was chocolate kabocha cheesecake ice cream with granola, coffee beans, and a big scoop of cacao euphoria.

  • 4 cubes of ice [crushed]
  • 25 g chocolate Jay Robb
  • 1.5 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp xanthen gum
  • 1/4 tsp guar gum
  • 2/3 cup roasted kabocha
  • 8 g Amazing Grass, chocolate infusion
  • 1 tbsp (~ 8g) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 packet stevia
  • 1/2 cup skimmed coconut milk* <-Awesome!!
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Top with:

*I received a question yesterday if I threw out the coconut milk I didn’t use in the coconut cream recipes. I definitely don’t waste it! It was a perfect addition to my ice cream this morning. Yummmmm!!


Thank you all for your sweet congratulations on my last post!! It was so awesome to come home to an inbox of encouragement!!!! 😀 I’m going to hit the couch for a quick nap, then answer your comments and e-mails. You guys are the best!

Have you tried bee pollen? Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2010 5:04 am

    I’ve never tried this but it’s now on my mind! Sounds delicious 🙂 I remember having to talk myself in to trying Nooch, and now it’s like my favorite thing

  2. Kris permalink
    February 14, 2010 6:25 am

    I was a competitive swimmer for years when I was younger and I remember the coach recommending bee pollen during swim meets to keep our energy stores up. I always liked it…thanks for reminding me!

    I love your blog, by the way. 🙂


  3. February 14, 2010 8:20 am

    I’ve heard of bee pollen before, and the one time I tried to pick some up I mistakenly asked in a vegetarian health store! I’ll have to look for it again. Thanks for the info!

  4. February 14, 2010 8:22 am

    Thanks for the post, I never knew what to do with bee pollen, but had heard it was really good for you. I might have to pick some up. Good idea about soaking it overnight in milk. Congrats on the college acceptance!

    *Check out the week of giveaways going on now @*

  5. February 14, 2010 10:07 am

    Nope, never have. Am I as creative as you? I could only dream of it! Great pictures, Mae — are you still riding high from your big news?!

  6. February 14, 2010 12:50 pm

    Your kabocha looks delicious, yum! I love squash but have yet to try it for breks.

  7. February 14, 2010 8:19 pm

    I’ve been curious about bee pollen for awhile but none of the health food stores near me carry it. Floral and sweet? Sounds yummy!

  8. February 14, 2010 10:16 pm

    i am so glad u posted about this bc i saw it on someone elses blog and thought what the HECK is that?!?! haha, now i know!
    have a fab vday girl!

  9. February 14, 2010 10:39 pm

    I’ve heard about bee pollen, but wasn’t totally sure about what it was and what you do with it. Thanks for the tutorial! 😉

    Your breakfast is making me droooooollllllll! 😉

    Happy Valentine’s Day!! 🙂

  10. February 14, 2010 11:18 pm

    Any other ideas about the coconut milk because I have a lot left too! 🙂

    Cacao Euphoria is amazingnesss girl.

    The bee pollen is really interesting! And the bee man is cute!! I mean cute old man… you know what I mean? That sounded really creepy.. moving on…

    • February 14, 2010 11:51 pm

      Hahahahaha I love your comment!!

      I want to use some in cupcakes today, I’ll let you know how they come out! Thanks for the comment!!

  11. February 15, 2010 4:10 am

    That breakfast seriously looks amazing to me. Whenever I try to make the ice cream it’s like an icee – any tips? Do you have a vitamix? Congrats on your acceptance!!! 🙂

  12. Jenna Quick permalink
    February 15, 2010 8:23 am

    Congrats Dr. Meagan!!! 😀 That is awesome!! I knew you could do it!

    That lifeguard pic is kiiiinda creepy though. :-p Bahaha I say stick to being a brunette.

  13. February 16, 2010 12:40 am

    Wow, I’m really interested in trying some bee pollen, but I don’t think I’d want to buy an entire bag. That seems like a LOT. It’s great on the nutrition front, though. Might look into it later!

  14. February 16, 2010 3:41 am

    I’ve never tried it or even heard of it, but it sounds interesting! If I see it around, I’m definitely gonna buy some!

  15. February 16, 2010 4:38 am

    Oh bee pollen. I forgot I had some in the fridge 😮 It is soo healthy for us. It is even suppose to boost your energy. NICE! Congrats on your college acceptance!!

  16. February 24, 2010 12:04 pm

    Hi I just wanted to leave a comment to say that I enjoy your blog. Looking at the number of comments, I see others feel the same way! Congratulations on a very popular site

  17. desinet1 permalink
    December 24, 2010 11:12 pm

    Nice recipe.
    Bee Pollen are one of the richest sources of essential nutrients. I liked your style of writing.

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