It’s (finally!!) Springtime!! The weather is beginning to warm up and with it the trees, grasses and flowers will start to bloom. For those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies this is not the best time of year. Itchy, watery eyes. Runny nose. Congestion. Endless sneezing. You know the symptoms! I definitely know the symptoms!! Every spring (and fall), like clockwork, I would come down with a nasty case of seasonal allergies which would sometimes progress into sinus infections. Thankfully, I discovered some changes I could make to my diet and lifestyle that would be the best thing that ever happened to me.
I have always loved honey. I always chose honey over sugar when sweetening my tea. What I didn’t know is that most mass-produced honey is processed and that the healing properties have been stripped because of this. Honey is one of the world’s most healing foods. It is anti-aging. Anti-bacterial. Rich in minerals and enzymes. Honey boosts immunity! Bee produced foods are the only foods that will never spoil!!
But for you to enjoy the benefits of honey - it has to be RAW! Unfiltered. Unprocessed. Wild. Organic.
When I switched to real, raw honey it completely changed my relationship with Spring. Allergies no longer plagued me. All it took was a little raw honey in my morning smoothie or in my tea. Just let the tea be at a drinkable temperature before you add the honey. Raw honey also has B vitamins, which helps us manage stress better, helps clear up acne and helps us maintain a wrinkle-free complexion longer!
If you’re like me and exercise regularly, adding bee pollen to your diet will help increase endurance, strength, energy and speed. It also increases muscle growth and definition! When buying bee pollen, choose either fresh or bee pollen that has been dried at 96 degrees or less in order to retain all of its nutritional value. **Just be sure to start with ¼ teaspoon and build from there. You can add bee pollen to your smoothie or your morning oatmeal or any other drink. Or you can be daring and just eat your ¼ teaspoon of it straight!
2 ½ cups purified water/coconut water
1 cup organic blueberries, frozen
½ cup organic mango, frozen
½ cup organic strawberries, frozen
¼ cup organic goji berries, dried
1 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
½ tbsp organic honey, raw
½ tbsp bee pollen (if new to bee pollen, ¼ tsp)
**Blend and serve! This is a perfect for breakfast or pre-workout.
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