Ingredient Spotlight: Be Pollen

Ingredient Spotlight: Be Pollen
Today’s ingredient spotlight: Bee Pollen
I’ve always been super sensitive to the outdoor environment. Season allergies for me mean a constant runny nose, asthma and eczema. 
After being told by numerous people and reading up about it, I decided to pick up a small jar of bee pollen while at my local farmers market. Keep reading to see how bee pollen can help your seasonal allergies and all the benefits it has! 

What is bee pollen?

Bee pollen is the result of the pollen that is collected on the bodies of bees. It is loaded with nutrients. High in protein and vitamins, it is a natural superfood.
Be pollen has SO many benefits for the body. It:
—> is anti-inflammatory
—> Acts as an antioxidant
—> Boosts the immune system
—> Can help fight and ease allergies 

How can be pollen help allergies?

Be pollen can reduce the histamine that is released when there is an immune response to an allergen. Much like over-the-counter medications, like Reactine and Claritin, it can help suppress seasonal allergy symptoms and respiratory issues, such as asthma.
In order for it to be effective to your particular environment, it is vital to buy local bee pollen. 

How to use bee pollen?

Intake of bee pollen should be done gradually and built up. It is recommended to start with 1/2 tsp a day and work your way up to 1-3 tablespoon by 4 weeks. I like to add it to my breakfast smoothie. 

Be Pollen Smoothie Recipe


1 cup almond milk
1 banana 
1/2 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp raw honey
2 dates, stones removed
pinch of ground cinnamon


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.
  2. Enjoy! 


  1. Rene' Fortner Forbes
    August 9, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Hello, I’ve been in the hospital for almost two weeks, which is an ongoing thing for me the last 9 years. I was diagnosed in 2008 with Gastroparesis (a paralyzed stomach or delayed emptying). Gastroparesis causes nausea, vomiting, malabsorption which causes my malnutrition, severe stomach pain, and it’s leading to my intestines to slowly become paralyzed because my stomach can’t process foods or push my food to my small intestines. My Drs. and I are trying to keep me from getting a feeding tube or introvenous feedings. Having feeding tubes and introvenous leads to more hospital stays because of the high risk of infection. The reason I’m telling you this is because I can’t eat processed foods, regular produce & foods, gmo foods, foods w/Gluten and high fiber foods and dairy products. I only use organicfoods, non-gmo, local chicken, turkey from local trusted farms and salmon and a couple others from a friend in Georgia. Most of us with Gastroparesis have a high fear of foods and this illness causes us starvation because of the chronic nausea and vomiting. I’ve been trying to get off my pain medicines because they cause Gastroparesis patients to become constipated (even with our vomiting we still sometimes have some foods passing through because of spasms of the Sphinctor of Oddi muscle). Small amounts of fiber are ok, even though small amounts cause severe bloating, inflammation and even more severe pain. My Drs. feel that I still need to be on my pain meds because the pain is so severe and we really hate eating because the pain increases when the food starts entering our stomach and cramps is so severely that our stomachs start refusing it, leading to chronic vomiting. With malabsorption, strain on other organs because of deficiencies of vitamins, nutrients, amino acids etc,, chronic fatigue, starvation, chronic migraines from lack of nutrition and many other factors, this leads to stress on the heart and other organs failing that leads to death in so many. August is Gastroparesis Minth in the US. Almost every state now recognizes Gastroparesis month because of each one of us writing and calling our Senators and Governors and having them sign a declaration to recognize Gastroparesis, in hopes that more people, Doctors, Hospitals and citizens learn more about this horrible disease.

    Im sorry if these details sound truly gross, but it’s what happens to all of us. There’s only two medicines for our nausea, but one is black boxed because of the horrible side effects and the other is not approved in the US. We used to be able to order it from Canada and overseas, but in the last year its become illegal for us to do that. Some have even been charged because they were caught ordering it from outside the US. I was getting it from a local compounding pharmacy, but now it’s illegal for compounding Pharmacies to make and sell it. There is no cure for Gastroparesis and we’ve been struggling and fighting for funding for research for this disease. We have a bill at this time in hopes and prayers that the US Congress will approve funding for research to find a cure for this horrible disease. One of the Facebook groups I’m in has only 4,234 people and in the last two weeks we’ve had 14 of our brother and sister warriors gain their wings passing away to heaven. There’s 5 million people in the US with Gastroparesis and I’m sure many more. Since most people haven’t even heard of this disease and for some it takes months and years to find a good Dr. that knows about it and will knows the proper tests to diagnose them.

    I’m not sure what lead me to your Instagram account, but I feel blessed that I did (thinking it was help from God above or an angel). I’m trying my hardest to find recipes that will allow me to eat small amounts of good quality ingredients in recipes in hopes my stomach won’t reject them. I’m getting released tomorrow and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Ive made a list for my husband to get the items needed for your Roasted Chicken Butternut Squash Soup, Eggplant Lasagna, and Flourless Crunch Brownies. Those are the first few I’ve found so far and hoping to
    find more after resting a while at home. Having a fear of food has always made it hard for me to find recipes to make that sound truly delicious and for the first time in years is making me hungry after ready about each recipe and the ingredients. I can’t wait to try them and find more of your recipes with notes about why you use certain ingredients and your tips.

    To me, you’re truly an amazing woman because you’re the first that’s made me feel hungry, seeing and reading your recipes and about each one is making my mouth water, and I’m not one bit nauseous and it a great feeling after starving for the last 9 years. I’m sorry this is so ong, but I want you to know how horrible this disease is, but most importantly how your story, recipes and dedication to your passion for plant based foods, great sources of meats and your quality recipes have instilled a hunger I haven’t felt for 9 years.

    Thank you and God Bless you.

    • bitchininthekitch
      August 9, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Hi Rene! That is truly inspiring. I’m so humbled to be able to be apart of your recovery and hope that you get better soon. Food can be someone’s best friend or enemy, and I’ve been there too. But I truly believe that food is there to nourish the body and can only do so properly if we are eating right. It sounds like you have an amazing and supportive husband who will help you get through this time. If he ever has any questions about any of my recipes, tell him not to hesitate to ask. He can send me a direct message through my Instagram and I will answer ASAP. Likewise for yourself, if you ever get a craving for something and the recipe is not up on my blog, let me know and I will get that up for you. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it was truly inspiring and made me feel like what I’m doing has a bigger purpose. Thank you again and get better soon!

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