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S+F Series: The Real Deal On Bee Pollen

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Bees are adorable. Raw honey is tasty. Bee pollen is…eh. JK. Bee pollen is great! It just doesn’t taste as good as something like honeyy.

I never used to get allergies but I guess your body changes as you age + sometimes you develop this ish.

I’m not one to run to the local pharmacy + stock up on Claritin or any other allergy relief medicine. I hardly take meds. Not even when I’m in pain. I just had hernia surgery + I refused to take the Norco they prescribed me. Instead I lay in pain. Call me weird but unless I think I’m about to die, I’ll look for a natural alternative + test it out.

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I’ve always been told to eat local honey for allergy relief but when I heard about bee pollen, I went for both because what’s the harm in doubling up? You should be able to find these at your local health food market or your local farmer’s market!

I like to throw bee pollen into my scrambled eggs + smoothies in the morning. It helps hide the taste. Sometimes I will mix it with a little coconut oil + throw it onto a piece of ezekial toast. Mixing it into some fresh-sqeezed OJ is pretty NOM too.

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I know some knarly people who will just eat it by the spoonful. A spoonful with some fruit is actually the best way to take it if you can. Thanks, but no thanks over hereee.

Whenever I take bee pollen, I’ve noticed my energy levels increase. This prompted me to do a little more research + see what other benefits bee pollen has to offer.

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You’ll be shocked at the health benefits that come with eating bee pollen (full details here):

  • helps with infertility problems
  • high in protein + amino acids
  • prostate help for men
  • strengthens the cardiovascular system
  • helps treat addiction
  • immune system booster
  • treats everything from asthma to allergies to sinus issues
  • aids in digestion
  • anti-inflammatory effect on the immune system
  • skin soother for eczema or psoriasis
  • natural energy enhancer

Looks like I’m gonna keep on keepin’ on with the whole bee pollen thang.

It’s amazing how something so natural can aid in fixing so many different problems. If you take Claritin, you are simply fixing your allergy issues + that is it. But if you’re taking bee pollen, not only are you alleviating your allergies, you are also giving yourself more energy, supporting your heart, boosting your immune system, etc., etc., etc.

BEE POLLEN >>> laboratory made allergy medicines. You take your pick.

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+ you’ll be happy to know that bee keepers can remove the pollen from the beehive without disturbing or killing any bees♥

Any other secrets for natural allergy relief? Or ways to eat the bee pollen?

xx

Skinny Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip kicked by cayenne

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So I made this for one of my favorite days ever- The USC vs. UCLA football game. It’s like my fave fave. JorBabe loves UCLA + I’m a huge SC groupie. We have shirts + everything. + we make bets against each other. It just gets real competitive (playful competitive) + fun!

This year we celebrated it at my girlfran’s house + of course you never show up empty-handed! I decided this was the perfect game day grub!

I think my favorite guilty pleasure is spinach artichoke dip. I loveeee to let myself splurge on it when we go out to eat. Like, I am the happiest girl in the restaurant when I’ve got my spinach dip. + I’m not too talkative because I’m too busy stuffing my face. Cute, huh? But it’s gotta be perfect- not too cheesy, not too greasy + not too spinach-y. Some restaurants really eff this up + TBH, all restaurants (well, 99.99%) make the most unhealthy version of this.

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I’m always thinking of ways to make the most unhealthy dishes a little more healthy so that I can feel less guilty when eating them. Bing bang bam.

This one is bomby. Like so so so so good. I need one of those Kitchen Safe lock boxes (<<< saw this ish on Shark Tank – SO RAD!)  to put it in so that I don’t eat it all.

For this recipe, I took a risk + used all greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Anyone else think sour cream + plain greek yogi taste the same? Because I do. + I’d rather put greek yogi into my body than sour cream.

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Skinny Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip (serves 8-10):

  • 1 bag frozen artichoke hearts, thawed + chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale
  • 2 cups finely chopped spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 TSP cayenne pepper (I add 2 tsp bc I like things w/ a lil more kick in them + helllloooo revved up metabolism!)
  • 1/2 TSP turmeric (I add 1-2 tsp bc it’s turmeric + turmeric is amazing for you – see why here) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 TSP pink himalayen salt
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 TBSP organic mayo (This is optional but makes the dip, really…trust me. I don’t like mayo but it’s good here.)
  • 3 TBSP raw parmesan + extra for the top
  • coconut oil to grease the baking dish

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Heat oven to 375 degrees. Throw everything into a bowl + mix up! Place into your greased baking dish + bake covered for 35-45 minutes. I bake it for about 45 min. because I like the top to crisp up a bit. Let this set for 5-10 min. + serve w/ some tasty pita chips!

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I tend to add more artichokes because I’m an artichoke heart fanatic. Like, I’m that girl at Whole Foods with the $15 salad from the produce bar because it’s pretty much all artichoke hearts + damn are those things heavy.

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Anywhooo- everyone loved this because what’s not to love? Especially with a little college football, best friends + good dranks?!

Anyone else have any healthy apps you love to serve at your parties?

xx

Later Starbs! This Pumpkin Spice Latte wins.

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Soo I totally used to be one of those girls who waited for the return of the Starbucks PSL every year. The day it was back (+ almost everyday for the rest of the PSL season) I was there at Starbucks getting my fill.PumpkinSpiceLatte

Sooner or later I began to really think about what goes into that baby: TONS (I mean TONS) of sugar, IV Caramel Coloring (the absolute worst!) + quite a bit of other junk that does not belong in our body. Food Babe explains the nastiness in full detail here. Knowing what went into it stopped me from ever ordering it again. Along with many other Starbucks drinks.

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The terrible news made me a little sad but also super excited to experiment in the kitchen with my own versions. Some were good + some not so good. I’m not one to follow recipes very well. I really like to do my own thing + adjust to what I like + don’t like. With that being said, I never really paid enough attention to the yummy recipes I was creating + was super excited to find that my Spirit Animal had! I checked this recipe out + it was pretty bomb.com.

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I substituted coconut sugar for stevia + coconut milk for almond milk + it was just as DELISHH.

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte:

  • 1/2 cup organic full fat coconut milk (whatever milk you use here, PLEASE make sure it does not contain Carageenan!)
  • 4 TBS organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 TSP pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TSP vanilla
  • 1 TSP coconut sugar <<I don’t like the way stevia tastes so I prefer the coconut sugar. I also don’t like things too sweet so add a little more if you want it sweeter!>>
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • Cinnamon to top off

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In a saucepan, mix the coconut milk + pumpkin puree together over medium heat. Remove from heat + add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla + your sweetener of choice (stevia, coconut sugar or even honey would be great!). Combine the milky pumpkin-ness + the coffee in your nutribullet or blender and blend for 30 seconds. Put into a cute lil mug, top with cinnamon + enjoy!

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100% real pumpkin has so many health benefits: sharper vision, better immunity, aids in weightless, lowers cancer risk, younger looking skin + may help treat diabetes.

I will gladly eat/drink more pumpkin if it helps with all of the above!

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Who needs Starbucks’ PSL when you can make your own skinnier, healthier version!

xx

coconut sugar here | coconut milk here