Monthly Archives: August 2013

The first time I heard about bee pollen I was all, “Whaaaat? You can eat that stuff? How is that different than honey?”¬† and my friend was all, “Yeaaaah supposedly you could survive off of only bee pollen if you had to!”

I was intrigued but skeptical.

Upon doing further research, I found that bee pollen actually has all the essential components of life. Bee pollen corrects the deficient or unbalanced nutrition, which is incredibly common in the fast food/processed food/not real food culture we are all living in. Bee pollen has been used medicinally to treat things like:

  • allergies
  • osteoporosis
  • eczema
  • high cholesterol
  • arthritis¬†
  • infertility
  • prostate problems

It is also used to:

  • increase energy levels
  • improve athletic performance
  • promote weight loss
  • slow the aging process
  • sharpen memory
  • improve digestion

Bee pollen contains more protein than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are easily absorbed. 

Interesting fact: a one teaspoon dose of pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather. Each bee pollen pellet, contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.

Disclaimer: Some people with pollen allergies have been known to have severe allergic reactions to bee pollen, so start by taking a very small amount and then build up from there. I have horrible hay fever allergies and have never had any type of bad reaction to bee pollen.

So how do you include bee pollen into your diet? I like to throw a teaspoon of it into my smoothies. Kimberly Snyder also suggests taking a teaspoon with a tablespoon of coconut oil as a quick energy source! You can pick some up from your local health foods store or at Whole Body.


Ok so it might be a little bit early to be coveting so many fall fashion items, but with all of the September issues out, how can I help myself? Here are a few things on my wishlist for this fall:

Fall Fashion Wish List

 

For fall 2013 I am loving tweed, emerald green, leather in colors other than black, ankle booties, and berry lipstick just to name a few! What are your fall 2013 must haves? Click the collage to view individual items.

Being the girly girl that I am, I love any type of frou-frou drink. The only thing I don’t love are the excessive calories that go along with them. I was so excited a few years when the “skinny drink” revolution happened. But then I learned about the dangers of splenda. I have been known to make skinny cocktails at home using things like packets of stevia, almond milk, and my juicer. However, in order to do a cocktail, sweet tea, or lemonade right a girl’s gotta have simple syrup. I had been wondering for a while if there was a way to make this with stevia. After a little bit of experimenting, I have found that there is! Making this is easy as pie and stores well in a mason jar (or any other glass jar, but we all know my affinity for mason jars…)

Customized mason jars?! I need these!

Here’s my recipe:

  • 1/4 cup of stevia or you could make a huge mess in your kitchen like I did and use 15 individual stevia packets.
  • 2 cups water

Bring water to a boil on your stove top and then add stevia. Mix until dissolved and remove from heat. Let the mixture cool and pour into mason jar. This will keep almost indefinitely in your fridge! You can also get creative with this and steep with things like lemon, berries, herbs, etc. for a flavored simple syrup for more creative drinks! Sweeten recipes to taste with your calorie free syrup!

As an independent contractor, I am constantly having to scan, email, print, sign, and return all kinds of documents for work. It gets annoying because I’m not always home to access my printer/scanner, but in order to get paid or hired, I have to submit these documents in a timely manner. However, I have discovered an app that have saved me so much time and frustration. It’s called DocuSign Ink using your smart phone you can fill out any form, sign any document, and email it to the right place without a scanner or printer! Hope this helps make some of your lives a little easier!