Okay – so I need to know, how many of you guys make your food choices based on nutrients and health value vs. flavor and taste?
Personally, I believe that great, healthy, nutritious foods taste great just the way they are, most of the time, but every now and then I come across an ingredient that I would really like to include in my diet due to a stellar-nutritional-profile that I don’t particularly enjoy the taste of.
This is quite a conundrum because eating foods that don’t taste good is counter-intuitive!
After all, eating is supposed to be a source of pleasure in our lives; but how pleasurable is eating something that you do not enjoy the taste of?!
Enter Bee Pollen.
Bee Pollen is said to be yet another Super Food.
An ingredient that contains all the nutrients needed to sustain life.
It is a complete protein that contains all 22 amino acids and has been said to improve immunity and overall heath.
The problem is simple. It tastes like crap. Well, at least it did initially.
Bee Pollem caught my eye while thumbing through “The Eat-Clean Diet,” by Tosca Reno. Tosca adds bee pollen to her oatmeal every morning (along with flax seeds and wheat germ) because she says, “it gives her stamina”.
And since I am working towards being my strongest, leanest, healthiest, happiest, most vibrant and energetic self, I take the advice of accomplished “strong, lean, healthy, happy, vibrant, energetic people (like my role model Tosca) and am learning to love bee pollen.
And here’s the funny thing.
Initially, I did not enjoy the flavor of bee pollen at all. It tasted kind of bitter and dusty. But once the little granules began to melt into my oats, they actually began to grow on me. So much so that I have added them into my oats every morning this week and have actually been enjoying them!
This meal is by no means a creative culinary creation. It is more of a “feel-good power food” kind of breakfast.
BUT If you wanted to enjoy this meal with a little less of the “eat-to-live” mentality and a little more of the “love-to-eat” mentality be sure to top it with some agave nectar and lots of fresh berries!
So tell me… have any of you ever tried bee pollen before? If so, what do you think of it and how do you incorporate it into your meals?
Bee Pollen & Flax Topped Oatmeal
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp bee pollen
Combine oatmeal and water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for about two minutes, stirring half way through (cooking times may vary depending on your microwave).
Top with flax seed and bee pollen. Enjoy!
Calories: 237; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1.3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 7.1g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 10.1g