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Thursday, May 30, 2013


Ok, so if you haven't heard or tried BEE pollen then you need to read this!! I take it everyday and LOVE and swear by it.

            What is BEE pollen you may ask??
               It is a mixture of bee saliva, plant nectar, and (true) pollen.contains  minerals,
        carbohydrates, lipids, and protein, free amino acids, vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid.

         Isn't pollen the stuff in the air that makes
                  my eyes water and itch???
                    No!! it differs from wind-borne Pollens. One is essential in fertilization of plants and the other a heavier variety that makes you Sneeze!!!It has been effectively used through the ages to rid allergy sufferers of their afflictions. Start taking 6 weeks before the spring season starts and during to ward off symptoms.
Ever since I started taking it daily, I have noticed a change in the appearance of my skin as well as my energy level!! WHOOP WHOOP-mama always needs some extra energy to chase the kiddos around!

I buy mine at our local health food store that needs to be stored in the refrigerator and have seen it at Whole Foods as well. You can also get in in pill form, but I prefer it its its purest form of granules from my state of California. I put mine in a mason jar with old Parmesan lid so I can scoop or sprinkle into yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, salad.  Just don't add it to anything that requires heat. Heat destroys the active enzymes and reduces the nutrient value.
**I have found that the best and easiest way to take it is to pop a chocolate chip in my mouth, chew, then take the pollen straight up, chewing and adding a few more chips :) The pollen doesn't taste bad, its just a 'lil strong. At first it was a 'lil tough to get it down, but now I'm a champ  ;)


Do a test day first by putting one granule on your tongue to see if you have any negative reactions to it. People that are allergic to bee stings and have high allergens to pollen are more at risk of a reaction. 
If you are all good in the hood then start taking a few granules a day for a week and then increase your dosage to 1tsp  a day. Then eventually you can take up to a tablespoon a day. Increase slowly bc it could have an effect on your gastrointestinal tract. On day three and only day three, I did notice I had to use the "powder room" more often then any other regular day ;)

It is important to recognize that 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. So RESPECT the bee!

It speeds of metabolic process and suppresses your appetite while eliminating cravings. The Lecithin in it helps dissolve and flush fat from the body.  That said, can be used for weight loss and/or management.

And what it does for the skin has been one of the major factors for me and its continual use. The nutrients of poly-vitamins, microelements, enzymes, hormones, and amino acids that are present in bee pollen give what is needed by the body to form new tissue. In return making your skin less wrinkly, acne free and more hydrated with the blood flowing through the skin.
Not only do I use it internally, but externally as well. Here is the mask I use:

Honey Bee Pollen Facial Mask

Have all the ingredients at Room Temperature.
Either in a jar, by hand or blend in a blender all ingredients. Blend Well.
Now clean your face and throat thoroughly. With fingers apply this mask.
Leave on for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

I know, I know, sounds to god to be true! But that's why it has been called the "perfect or super food". Its actually the only "perfect food" that exist. It has all the essential nutrients that your body needs to survive and thrive. I say,  Do your research and learn all the awesome reasons to take bee pollen. I did and am thrilled with the results. There are so many other suggested capabilities of this natural super food and knowing them will only benefit you.

                     BUZZ BUZZ my friends
                 and let me know what you think!

Written and Tested  by Brandi~noted bee lover ;)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

Ok so I looove sweet potatoes in pretty much any form. There is a local restaurant that makes sweet potato fries that I regularly order and cant get enough of. Not the best on the waist line, but uber delicioso. I often make my own at home that are baked, not fired and are much healthier. I recently came across a recipe for these sweet potatoes CHIPS that I tweaked and now am obsessed with. Nothing like a healthy chip, right? There is something magical about sweet potatoes and cinnamon together. Its like they should always be together, married or attached at the hip, best friends like Heather and I. Anyhoo, here's the recipe and I hope you and your family enjoys!

            This is what you need:

                                     ~ 2 Sweet potatoes                                                          
                                     ~  1 tbsp butter (or spray butter if want lighter)
                                     ~ 1/2 tsp salt
                                     ~1/2-3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

 What to Do:
1-Preheat oven *375
2-Thinly slice the potatoes----I used my cheese slicer and it worked like a charm. If you have a mandolin, use it!! The thinner the better!
3-Melt butter in small bowl in microwave and add the rest of your ingredients. Stir, then add Sweet Potatoes
4- Spray cookie sheet and add coated potatoes, arranging them into a single layer.

Bake for 12mins, stir, then for another 12 mins or until corners curl up. Turn off oven and let sit.
Remove and Enjoy!

Written and taste approved by Brandi


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