Have you also heard that bee pollen could help with seasonal allergies? Is it true? I wish I could tell you.
I remember as a kid I would eat honeycomb, like the legit waxy honeycomb, to help with my seasonal allergies. Eating honeycomb didn’t last very long for me since it was pretty hard to get a 6-year-old to eat it. But the whole local honey idea has stuck around and over the last year I kept on seeing it pop up on the internet.
We have a local honey guy who sells bee pollen, so I asked him what he knew about honey and seasonal allergies. He told us that a lot of people buy the pollen for just that. So, this winter I thought what the heck, why not give it a try. I have mixed feelings about natural remedies and know that these don’t always have hard science to back them, which is why I rarely write about them or try them.
Honestly, I am not sure if the bee pollen has helped. This year was one of the better spring allergy seasons for me concerning a runny nose, but my asthma was certainly not great. My hubby, on the other hand, is having his worst spring allergy season since we moved to Berlin. Both of us have been ingesting bee pollen since December, so the jury’s still out on whether it works.
Bee Pollen Green Smoothie
One thing that’s for sure is that bee pollen is an excellent addition to green smoothies! It may not be a way to get our season allergies under control, but it certainly has added a new dimension to our green smoothies. The pollen lends a creamy sweetness to the smoothies, which is perfect because I’m trying to lessen the amount of sugar that goes into them from things like juice. This green smoothie recipe actually contains no fruit!
Kombucha Green Smoothie
I’ve also started to swap in kombucha instead of juice. Kombucha is a fermented tea. I drink it to help build up my gut health – I’ve had a troubled tummy since we can remember. You can google ‘benefits of kombucha’ to see how many people love this stuff!
I’m not sure how much fermented-foods (kombucha) or bee pollen have helped to heal my gut health and inflammation, what I do know is they are tasty and won’t be going anywhere.
p.s. Bee pollen also tastes great sprinkled on oatmeal!
p.p.s. Bee pollen can make your mouth itchy – if you have seasonal allergies or OAS. It made mine itchy at the start but now I can have it without a problem.
Bee Pollen and kombucha come together in this gut health boosting green smoothie!
- 1 cup Unflavoured Kombucha or Apple Juice (the juice should be pure – not sweetened)
- 1/2 cup Filtered water
- 1/2 cup Frozen Spinach
- 1 cup Frozen Broccoli
- 1 inch Fresh Ginger – peeled
- 1 tbsp Bee Pollen
- 1 tsp Coconut oil (if you are not drinking this with any healthy fats – recommended to add the oil which helps you absorb the nutrients of the smoothie)
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth – there are no spinach bits, and it is homogeneous.
This smoothie has more of a juice-like consistency because of the liquids if you want it to be thicker use less water.
- Prep Time: 8 minutes
- Category: Smoothie
- Cuisine: Clean Eating
- Serving Size: 300mL
Kortney is your typical atopic triad who manages asthma, eczema and multiple food allergies. Kortney is a co-creator of the online community Allergy Travels and co-host of The Itch Podcast. She wants to spread joy in a community that can easily see the hard side of life with atopic disease and believes that you can have a full life with food allergies, it may just be lived a little differently!