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Help Me Eat Bee Pollen

 

There’s nothing I love more than a great superfood. I love when food is not only beautiful and delicious but also health building. So when a food, such as bee pollen, is labelled ‘the most complete food on earth’, how could I not love it?

I don’t. I can’t stand this stuff and I feel a bit inferior because of this- like being unable to work out a delicious way to consume ‘the most complete food on earth’, makes me fall short as your fearless nutritionista leader.

Alas, I might just be deemed a failure in this regard because try as I might, I absolutely despise this food. It tastes, to me, like a potpourri of the smell when you first walk into a health food store, the Body Shop’s Dewberry perfume which I wore when I was fourteen, mixed with Irish Spring and decorated wax crayon under-tones… But it’s so healthy and I really want to love it.

Bee pollen is basically plant sperm. The grains contain the male germ cells, produced by all plants, flowers or blossoms. One teaspoon of pollen contains approximately 1,200 pellets or 2.5 billion grains. And what do those grains contain?

  • Pollen functions as a natural energizer for the body, high in b-vitamins, vital for energy production at a cellular level.
  • High concentration of lecithin helps with dissolving and flushing fat cells, as well as nourishing the cells of the brain.
  • Helps to reduce food cravings thanks, in part, to the natural phenylalanine (an amino acid), which acts as a natural appetite suppressant.
  • Helpful in restoring the health the reproductive system and promotes relief from the discomfort of PMS
  • It helps speed up caloric burn by stimulating the metabolic system.
  • Bee pollen benefits the immune system. It contains proteins, mono and polyunsaturated fats, vitamins B, C, D, E, and beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, selenium, nucleic acids, lecithin, and cysteine, all of which have been proven effective in strengthening the immune system.
  • Bee pollen helps you to cope more easily with stress thanks to the full profile of amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins. This sweet and dense combo helps regulate mood.
  • The amino acids within Bee Pollen are precursors to human growth hormone (HGH). Bee Pollen also contains a gonadotropic hormone very similar to the human pituitary hormone, gonadotropin, which functions as a sex gland hormone. (Research conducted at various European Universities have shown in trials conducted with impotent men that more than half of those given bee pollen experienced a dramatic improvement of sperm and most gained a higher level of self-confidence, and were able to perform better sexually… after just one month of taking bee pollen- hello!)

See- so pollen is amazing and I absolutely hate it. I need your help. Please, please pretty please send me your tips and recipes for getting it down. I want links, I want recipes, I want help ’cause I want to love it, and I want you to love it, or at least try it.

Thanks in advance for all your helpful suggestions. Peachy sweet and the the idea, suggestion, link that I decide is most helpful for my regular ingestion of this super food will receive a complementary advance copy of my Healing with Super Foods tutorial soon to be released- and supplements are not an option.

112 responses to “Help Me Eat Bee Pollen”

  1. Belinda says:

    I mix it though my morning smoothie… Yum! First things first :)

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      I can still taste it though…

      • Snow Nix says:

        Not only can you still taste it in a smootie….. it doesn’t blend so it is still little kennels. ugh! I don’t like pollen either and my parents are beekeepers.

      • Ruth says:

        I find the best way for me is to grind it and use a small juice glass with a little water, add the bee pollen and drink it like a shot. I also use this method with my powdered vitemin C. Works like a charm!

        • Teresa says:

          I have the same issue of hating the taste. I do like your idea of grinding it into a powder and adding it to juice or water as a shot. I believe the probiotic drink shots might be best to mask the taste going down plus the added benefit of the probiotic.

          • Tareq says:

            you think bee pollen taste bad ??!! try a shot of wheatgrass juice and you will know what a bad taste is like… anyway, for the bee pollen I just put half of table spoon in my mouth and drink some water, that’s it :):) good luck :)

          • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

            Ha ha! I don’t mind wheat grass juice- like drinking a freshly mowed lawn ;)

      • Julie Alderson says:

        Hi Meghan, I fell exactly the same as you, I got my 1KG bag of the Wonder food and couldn’t wait to start benefiting. As soon as I tasted it I said this is disgusting, I didn’t like the taste, the texture or those little pellets rolling around in my mouth. So what was I too do, I thought well it’s an acquired taste I will try other ways to take it. I mixed it with raw honey, it was still horrible but I knew I musn’t give up. I ended up putting the bag in the freezer not knowing what to do with it. I knew it was the best thing in the world to eat. Several months past and I decided to have another crack at it . My daughter suggested drinking it down with a glass of orange juice, so I poured out a small glass then put in a teaspoon, stirred it quickly and drank it fast, followed by some more juice and a few segments of orange. I feel I can cope with that.
        I hope this helps. Regards Julie. :)

  2. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says:

    Ahh! the Body Shop fragrances. Dewberry perfume is making a comeback, eh?

    I’ve never tried bee pollen, and now I’m not sure I want to! I’d love to hear people’s recipes as well fo some ideas on how to use it.

  3. Jen says:

    3/4 cup yogurt (I make my own coconut milk yogurt)
    1 tablespoon bee pollen
    2 tablespoons honey
    1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
    Other than the yellow from the bee pollen, this mixture really masks the taste… you could always add a bit of flax meal too if you want to disguise the taste even more.

  4. Lauren says:

    I love the stuff! I add it to my smoothies, but like you mentioned you can still taste it.. how about your oatmeal or morning cereal??

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      Ugh… Adding pollen to my oatmeal is a fantastic way for me to practice the whole eating to 80% full (or maybe 20%). One bite and I am out.

  5. Sarah says:

    I find bee pollen helps keep both my allergies and my anxiety in check. I just put a tablespoon in my porridge every morning. You can’t really taste it in there so perhaps that would help you start getting some in your diet. :)

  6. Sarah says:

    P.S. If you can still taste it, throw in some nut butter… that covers it up like a charm. :)

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      Now we’re talking!

      • Rose says:

        Does it really mask the taste??? I’ve been gagging it back stoically, but instead of learning to like it, I’m getting to the point where even thinking about it (let alone smelling the stuff!) makes my stomach turn!

  7. Carbzilla says:

    I was gonna say smoothie too but ify ou can still taste it…..maybe you should put it in the blender with E3 Live because nothing tastes worse than than that and they may balance each other out. I’ve also learned a little apple cider (NOT vinegar) masks a lot of tastes….but the smell….I don’t know. I gagged a little just reading your description. Good luck with that. And I say, If you don’t like it, DON’T eat it, no matter how “super” it’s supposed to be!

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      Awesome. Bad + Bad = Really bad but so good for you? And I have that rule too about not liking something, don’t eat it- but this pollen is a bit of a thorn in my nutritionista side.

  8. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty says:

    Funny, I have a jar of this sitting on my counter, and just this morning I was wondering the same thing! haha..

    I agree, you can totally smell/taste it in smoothies… ick… Let us know if you figure out a way!?

    Maybe with a spoon full of honey!?!?

  9. Jody says:

    I usually put it in smoothies as well and don’t seem to taste it.

    I also add it to that great hot chocolate drink you posted. In the hot chocolate drink I also add Maca or lucuma.
    Have you tried other kinds of bee pollen – maybe your batch is just not that nice tasting :) I got mine from a company in BC – unfortunately they were out of local bee pollen so I ordered the one from spain instead and I have to say it’s not bad at all.

    Good luck!!

  10. Libby says:

    I can’t eat the stuff on it’s own; it tastes sort of…gamey(?)…I guess is the only way I can describe it.

    HOWEVER, I absolutely love it mixed with Artisana coconut butter and rolled into little candies. Sometimes I add a little lime juice, because everything tastes better with lime. It might be good covered in chocolate too, but mine never lasts long enough for me to get the chocolate melted. It actually never really lasts long enough to get rolled into candies either. I usually just eat it with a spoon. Yum!

  11. Kelly Michelle says:

    I keep meaning to buy some since bee pollen does have so many benefits and is one of the more affordable superfoods but now you’ve scared me a bit! I think rather than contaminate a whole smoothie or food bowl the best bet is to just suck it up and take it down all at once, why prolong the agony? I know you are strong and have done plenty of more not so nice things that benefited your health. Just give yourself the two minute pep talk and feel the powers running straight into your blood.. and then chug down something that tastes good right after! I bet talking the bee pollen in a bit of honey and almond butter mix would help a little too.

  12. Kelly Michelle says:

    **taking not talking :)

  13. Jen says:

    I’ve included a write-up on my blog about how I make my own coconut milk yogurt. The full instructions are here: http://moreoptimism.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/tiling-and-experimenting-with-bacteria/
    Let me know how yours turns out!

  14. Alex says:

    Meghan,

    Obviously you’re sensitive to the taste so putting it in a smoothie or oatmeal like the rest of us may not work….I would suggest pairing it with the strongest flavours you can think of…I am thinking a blend of cacoa, ginger, lemon? You could add some agave and coconut oil and make little truffles. Or maybe put it in your raw warm cocoa drink?

    If that doesn’t work, why not consider…

    …not eating it.

    Even you don’t have to be perfect, Meghan. If your meals are so full of other delicious superfoods, I hardly think bee pollen is gonna be your downfall :) Sometimes our body rejects things for important reasons, and there’s no point in fighting that.

    Good luck, Queen Bee!

  15. Laurie says:

    Ahh, yes. I remember wearing the Body Shop’s Dewberry products. Now it makes my head hurt, so I avoid it and people wearing it.

    Maybe, like Dewberry, you’ve outgrown whatever it is that bee pollen would be giving you. Try it again in five years and see if you feel differently. (I am making this up as I go along, so bear with me.) It could be that you get so much good stuff elsewhere in your diet that you just don’t need what bee pollen is offering you. Maybe your aversion is your body’s way of telling you that taking it would be redundant – and expensive. (Like how I’m trying to get you off the hook here?)

    As for feeling inferior for you dislike…you do realize that none of your readers likely think any less of you for your dislike. We already know you cheerfully work psyllium and enemas into your healthy lifestyle. Scary stuff. We already know you rock for what you do do, we’re certainly not going to fret about what your don’t. (Like how I worked a “do do” in there? I’ve heard you nutritionistas talk a lot about poop.)

    And if the thorn still jabs your nutritionista side, stuff it in capsules, toss them in and wash them down with one of your awesome-delish smoothies. Problem solved. Sort of.

  16. Julie says:

    Maybe with Chocolate? I like to sprinkle it in my raw chocolate recipe, talk about energy balls.
    Raw Chocolate with Bee Pollen, its so easy. Combine raw cacoa butter, coconut oil, raw cacoa powder and agave nectar. Melt all ingredients, pour into molds, sprinkle in the bee pollen, place molds in freezer to set. Love these little babies and I hope you will too.
    Thanks for all your great info Meghan, I think you rock.

  17. Jennifer R. says:

    I don’t have any bee pollen, but I found these recipes online. http://www.bee-pollen-buzz.com/bee-pollen-recipes.html
    They do mention that you have to start with a small amount to get used to it. Also, it could be the brand you have. The Jarrow Bee Pollen is supposed to be excellent, according to Renegade Health. Haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know. I feel the same way about spirulina — don’t like the taste at all, but I know it’s good for me :) Good luck, and I’m sure you’ll report back with any good recipes you tried.

  18. elana says:

    check your source sweetheart, like everything in the superfood world, there is a host of different qualities in bee pollen. some of them do taste like soap. some of them taste like the nectar of the gods. i had an amazing source last year but due to the poopy winter we had, they did not get a lot of pollen. i have a new connection in guelph if you want to try it out.

    thoughts
    elana loves

  19. Stina says:

    I’m going to be a bit blasphemous and say – do you HAVE to eat them? Sure, they are very healthy and a superfood and whatnot, but eating should be fun, right? So why make yourself eat something just because it’s a superfood? You’re allowed to dislike stuff, even if it’s super-healthy. Don’t beat yourself up over it. You can be a Goddess of Nutrition regardless of not wanting to eat icky plant sperm. ;-)

  20. Louise says:

    To me, all pollens are not created equal, some are much tastier (in a good way) than others. The best pollen I have found so far (and it is expensive) I bought at the Big Carrot. It is fresh (and not hard like little pebbles) and sold in Mason jars sealed with wax (in the dispensary section, in the fridges at the back). It tastes flower-y and melts in your mouth. Good luck!

  21. Brittany says:

    Dude, even bees don’t like pollen. That’s why they barf it up in their little honeycombs.

    bee barf = honey = tasty

    Screw the pollen.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    I used to mix a tablespoon of bee pollen with a tablespoon of coconut oil and just eat it during a two month juice feast. I loved it. It does take some getting used to but I also agree that some types are better than others. I like the chocolate idea…chocolate makes everything better!

  23. Andrea @Canadianfoodiegirl says:

    I echo what others said (and was going to say it before I read the comments):
    1. Smoothie.
    2. If you don’t like it, don’t eat it. You already eat a lot of superfoods.

    I like what Laurie said.

  24. Alisa says:

    Hmm, yeah, I am wondering about what elana wrote. I have only bought bee pollen once, and I liked it. Didn’t find it soapy or overpowering at all. I wonder if the quality does differ, or if I’m just not that picky. Both seem highly feasible :)

  25. Maggie says:

    Which brand do you – bee pollen users – recommend? I have found this Dutchmans Gold brand, from Ontario, but am not sure of its quality. Any suggestions?
    TIA!

  26. Steph says:

    I’m not really a huge fan of pollen either. Although, I put it in my shake every morning, about a teaspoon, and can’t really taste it! :) I’m also a huge fan of your superman’s balls, and add pollen to those as well. since there are so many things in them, you can’t taste the pollen… it’s great!! =)

  27. Deborah says:

    I use the Dutchman’s Gold ‘Bee Pollen in Raw Honey’ and find it tastes very pleasant. I’m not sure how much bee pollen is actually in this product, but maybe it could be an introduction to bee pollen? :-) I’m making a batch of your Maple Oatmeal Super Cookies today with that honey. It’s my first time trying your recipe, but I know it’s going to be delicious!

  28. Sarah says:

    Only use the fresh pollen: the kind you get in the refrigerated section of a health food store. It is usually by the flax oil and probiotics. The dry stuff in bags is NO GOOD. I’ve also read that a way to test if your pollen is rancid is to sprinkle some on some water. If it floats it’s bad, if it sinks it’s good. I believe I got that from Annie Jubb’s Life Food Recipe Book.

    I’m not that crazy about pollen either, but for me it’s more of a texture issue. Here’s what I do with anything that I’m not fond of. I make my delicious smoothie. Pour it into a glass and there’s always a little remaining in the blender, right? To that last bit, I add whatever super foods I find un-appetizing and just down that in a couple gulps. Then I drink up the glass of deliciousness. I think of it like taking my medicine. I’ve found that I’ve actually gotten used to a lot of stuff that way too. I now throw my spirulina and maca into my whole smoothie b/c I LIKE the tastes.

  29. Jake says:

    I found bee pollen the other day in 500 mg Capsules. I just started taking them today, so i will see how things go… So far so good though.

  30. Sarah says:

    So, have you been eating your bee pollen Meghan?

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      Hah! I am putting some very positive affirmations around it. I bought it in capsule form but have recently been braking them open and adding to smoothies. Baby steps.

  31. Jessika says:

    I’ve been hearing about the benefits of Bee Pollen for a long time and am finally getting around to trying it…I’ve incorporated into a liver flush juice recipe from Thailand that includes; orange, ginger, garlic, cayenne and olive oil…And it’s great!

  32. Janet Kremer-Kerr says:

    We bought ourselves a VITA MIX last year and have just recently decided to try bee pollen. We toss it in along with all the fruits and ginger we normally have and can’t taste it at all. I can feel good effects after only a few days!

  33. Paula says:

    Do I need to keep bee pollen in the fridge? Also, how about raw honey, does it need to be refrigerated after opening??
    Thanks a bunch!

  34. Taz says:

    Greetings from Down Under Australia! I just bought a small jar of bee pollen from the local farmers market as I have heard and read such good reports etc – I decided to treat myself to a superfood I wouldn’t normally be able to afford all the time, I was excited to try it – not knowing how HORRIBLE the taste is!! I sprinkled a teaspoon into my smoothie and that was ok, but then the next day I sprinkled it on my museli and all I did was gag, gag some more and ended up spitting it out! Luckily it was the dregs of my breakfast as I had half eaten it before remembering to use the stuff… ugh!
    So this morning I tried again – in a smoothie, but now because I can remember the taste – I can taste it in the smoothie – I managed to get it down, but not easily!
    Now that I have paid for the pollen, I will use it, but yeah I think I might have to try it in something sweeter like honey to get it down… I hope there are benefits to be had now! I can’t afford a lot of these superfoods so I tend to just try one at a time every so often, I might have to try some of the other suggestions here!

  35. alexandra proctor says:

    Right-e-o. I googled to come up with new recipe ideas for eating bee pollen…found your site and others…gave up looking cause no one has a decent easy recipe for eating it and making it taste good.
    Went to the kitchen, grabbed a teaspoon, dipped it in raw honey, rolled it in bee pollen and ate it. Tastes pretty reasonable…not gourmet food but no gag reflex…
    Almost candy-like…could really satisfy me in a sweet tooth moment. The honey flavour well masks the gaminess of the pollen. Best medicine I have ever tasted. So that’s my new way. = )

  36. Anita says:

    I really think it is an acquired taste. Our palettes are used to things that taste good and sugary. We have unlearned how to appreciate raw unprocessed foods. 10grams is not a lot and if you have a favorite food that has strong flavors and smells pop those 10grams in there and have at it. This should also over power the smell. I think you are right to keep trying though. the pluses do outweigh the minuses. good luck

    By the way at this point it may also be a matter of subconscious programming. Even if you can’t taste it for real the mind knows its in there. The mind can send your tongue and olfactory glands the wrong message.

  37. Sandra Bekhor says:

    I loved your openness about this challenge, so much so that I blogged about it! http://torontomarketing.blogspot.com/2011/11/marketing-example-of-week-nutritionist.html.

    I recently started experimenting with bee pollen and found the best way to camouflage it and even bring out good qualities in the taste (you don’t have to agree with that last part though!!) is to grind it, mix it into peanut butter and then use that peanut butter / bee pollen mixture as a spread. You can get 2 teaspoons of bee pollen onto a single slice of toast, easily. Strong flavored bread helps (I eat it with whole rye).

  38. Audrey Marsolais says:

    I just read that post and the comments and I’m wondering why nobody mentioned to just swallow it with a glass of water. This is what I do every morning. I don’t like the taste of bee pollen either so I’m just taking a teaspoonful of it with water and voilà! All the goods without the yucky taste.

  39. Kimberly Collins says:

    I found this blog while doing a google search for the issue. I HATE the taste of bee pollen. The smell alone is enough to churn my stomach. If I can’t choke it down, then I had no hope of my kids eating it either. In fact, they see the little yellow balls and hand back to me whatever it is I tried to sneak it in. So, desperate times call for desperate measures and this tip perhaps undoes all the good the bee pollen provides, but here it is: you can get a good amount of it into a tablespoon of Nutella without even noticing the taste at all. My kids will eat and I will eat it too (as long as I don’t chew). Perhaps it will work with strong favored nut butters too. Or I might be able to find a way to make a less sugary Nutella.

  40. Janet says:

    Here is a smoothie that you absolutely cannot taste the pollen in. Apple juice, protein powder, 1 Tbsp wheat germ, 1Tbsp flax seeds, pineapple, banana & the star of the show…..2 Tbsp bee pollen granules. Hope this helps anyone who wants to love the pollen. Also as others have said, it’s an acquired taste so keep trying it & eventually, in some weird way, you will begin to crave it!

  41. Sharon McGinley says:

    I pride myself on my diverse pallette, but I thought I was going to gag it up the first time I tried bee pollen. My recommendation is to crush up your daily amount with a mortar and pestle, and then mix in enough honey to make it mushy. You don’t have to chew it, so you mostly taste the honey.

  42. Rebecca says:

    I put bee pollen in my homemade chocolates with lemon rind and sometimes some lavender flower too. You cant taste the bee pollen at all! The lemon rind and lavender have very heady and dominating flavours!
    Apparently bee pollen + raw cacao is an amazing combo in terms of nutrition.

    • Rebecca says:

      Ooooo, and I forgot to say that I use coconut sugar – so when you bite into the chocolates you get these yummy sweet crunchy crystals that also flavour over the bee pollen.

  43. Annemarie says:

    I just tried bee pollen for the first time this morning…and to be honest I could not taste it! I had it in my banana almond smoothie…banana, soy yogurt, coconut milk, flax seed (ground), raw almond butter, honey, and the bee pollen. I think the strong nut flavors from the almond butter and flax cover any negative flavors from the bee pollen! Hope this helps someone!!!

  44. Cathy says:

    I just bumped into your article about Bee Pollen. Although I like the taste of Pollen my system has a hard time digesting it. A friend of mine told me to mix one part pollen to two parts honey in a jar. Set it on your counter for a week turning the jar every time you walk by it or several times a day. After a week it becomes like caramel. You can then eat it by the spoonful, slather it on your toast or use it in just about anything (yogurt, oatmeal, smoothie etc.). This process digests the pollen so more gentle on your system and dilutes the taste of the pollen. BTW….Love your blog

  45. Jason says:

    My morning routine.
    Spoon full of honey in mouth then add spoon full of fresh
    bee pollen.Chew it around and wash down with water.
    Off to work filling like a million bucks.Love bee pollen.

  46. Karen says:

    Hello! I know this article is a couple years old but I had to reply because I’m exactly like you in the taste department (bleh!) but I can’t deny how great I feel after I eat it and how much it helps my allergies!! So I didn’t want to give it up!
    Peanut butter is my answer! When I have time to actually eat breakfast in the morning I make toast and spread peanut butter on it and then spread the bee pollen on it. Rally mush it in there so the pollen gets coated with peanut butter. Then top with jelly to really hide it and you’re set!
    Alternatively if I’m running out the door (which is most mornings) I grab a spoonful of peanut butter or honey (makes sense since it’s all from bees right?) then sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of pollen and then take it like medicine DON’T CHEW just swish and swallow. Chewing will bring out that awful bee pollen flavor so be warned!
    Hope this helps!!

  47. Zaiius says:

    Only way I could have it:

    After some vigorous activity like jogging or lawn work in the day’s heat. I just chew the hell out of it and chase it down with some ice cold Corona with lime and salt:)

  48. Christina Oberman says:

    I put bee pollen in my morning coffee. Stir until dissolves, then add your milk/sugar. You can taste it but its not bad. Also, add it to hot water, after it disolves,add your favorite oatmeal, great for even a snack!

  49. Patti says:

    I drizzle some melted coconut oil over it and HOLD MY NOSE as I chew it. I immediately down a smoothie to try to clear most of the taste.

  50. ryan says:

    gel caplets, fill ahead of time, eat… you’re welcome.

    rb

  51. Jesa Oliver says:

    I just started taking this amazing super food. Maybe two weeks or so. Thankfully I don’t gag when I chomp down a heaping tablespoon but it is rather…much to say the least. I had been taking small sips of water to help thin and wash down the glob but one day I just peeled a banana and started to munch it along with the glob of bee goodness and it totally overpowered the pollen taste. It really makes it a lot less daunting holding that rounded tablespoon to my lips now that I know the banana is there to save the day. Hope it works for you too. (:

  52. Sarah says:

    Old post-but wth.
    My family started taking it a month ago.
    The man of the house eats it off a teaspoon with a juice chaser.
    My daughter and I put a teaspoon in a pot of fruit yogurt and leave it for 10 mins before stirring and eating. After 10 mins the pollen has totally dissolved. If it tastes too powdery just add more yogurt.

  53. Geron says:

    Hi Meghan, I HATE the taste and texture of it straight from the jar. What I’ve just discovered is that the flavor is more mild if I soak it in water beforehand and then put it In my smoothies.

  54. Koda says:

    mix it 50/50 with hemp seeds and pour large amounts down the hatch.

    Or mix it with raw honey & dip raw cacao beans in the blend.

  55. Koda says:

    Also where you source it from matters a lot… Some of it tastes foul, mine tastes pretty much exactly like honey.

    • Teresa says:

      Check your source and see if they also sell honey and what type. Some fruit and flower harvesters affect the taste. I really like a source that bees gather pollen and nectar from Orange blossoms.

  56. Lady Ragnely says:

    We collect it from our own hive. We live in the desert, so the bee pollen we collect has a deserty floral taste that changes with the seasons and the plants currently in bloom. It is a bit gritty. I believe it helps reduce my allergies. I sprinkle it on salad and mix it in juice or smoothies. I dip cut fruit chunks in it. I mix it with the honey we collect – that mixture has a peanut butter consistency and I spread it on whole grain nutty-seed toast. I sprinkle it on salad. I keep my bee pollen in the fridge.

  57. Debby Livingston-Jones says:

    I get my bee pollen from Hoosier Hill Farms (via Amazon). I am not having such an issue with the smell, but the taste is, well, not so much appealing. Have you tried cutting down the amount you put into your smoothies? This is the recipe I use (everybody loves it). Handful (each) of blueberries, raspberries, and/or strawberries, or banana with any of the above. 1 cup of kale. Juice of half lemon. 1 tsp. chia seeds, 2 tsp. hemp, 1 tsp. bee pollen (I’ve used 1/2 tsp. as well), 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and either 1/2 tsp of lemon extract or 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, and of course 3 ice cubes. (If you want to get really raw, switch the almond milk for 5 almonds and 3/4 cup your choice of milk. I have this smoothie about 3-5 times a week. I drink 2 smoothies a day, but not every one of them has bee pollen as an ingredient (but at least one a day does).

  58. Trish says:

    I know this is an old post….but I didn’t see anyone mention that in order to receive all the benefits, bee pollen should be chewed! It has an exterior coating that is hard to break down (kind of like flaxseeds). I just do a small spoonful and chew chew chew quickly! Certain pollens taste better than others. Last batch tasted like graham crackers…the one prior tasted like a bees butt! Good luck…also great for sleep if taken before 3 pm.

  59. Donna says:

    Put granules in a empty capsule and take like a pill. will go down without tasting it.

  60. Daniel says:

    Just “bee the pollen”. I take about 1/2 spoon full of raw honey and place in my mouth. Mmmmmm. Then I add the bee pollen in my mouth with the raw honey all ready there. I know you win’t win any high society awards for that, but I chew it together while thinking about how the combination is affecting my good health. I add more raw honey, if needed. I agree, bee pollen is not the best tasting by itself, but being sick, taking artificial medicine and feeling lousy is what makes me take my 1 minute of eating this natural miracle. So, my recipe is a spoonful of raw honey, one spoonful of bee pollen and one spoonful of just sucking up any discomfort in taste to enjoy the awesome nutients and health benefits that this superfood provides. I strongly believe that with the added raw honey – you chew up the bee pollen longer and more completely, and thus will begin the digestion process faster. Treat it as a preventative medicine, not a dessert topping. Don’t heat it, eat it.

  61. Maria says:

    I totally agree! I was so excited to taste this and it looks so pretty sprinkled over porridge but it tastes SO disgusting! I’ve tried a few ways of getting it down and so far the best is putting it in a smoothie. I usually put it in with a load of really sweet stuff, like over-ripe bananas, date nectar, honey, and vanilla powder with either blueberries or strawberries. You can still smell and slightly taste the bee pollen but it’s disguised much more than it would be in a bowl of oats because you get the hit of sweetness in the same mouthful. Hope that helps!!

  62. Kendra Roe says:

    Hi Meghan! I gotta say I don’t like the taste either. I know I am a little late to the post and maybe you figured out a way you like by now. But maybe this will help someone else. I buy my in pellet form and then stuff the pellets into capsules. Just google bulk capsules and you can buy them empty and then fill them with whatever you want! This is the best way I have found to benefit from the bee pollen without having to taste it! Good luck and I hope this is useful to someone. :)

  63. Kendra Roe says:

    Actually, just read through some of the comments and Donna recommends the same thing! It works like a charm!

  64. Marie A Wemett says:

    So far “gamey” is the best adjective I can put to the taste of bee pollen. I like the idea of mixing it with honey and will try that next!

  65. Mary says:

    Fresh almond butter, raw honey, teaspoon of pollen. On a sandwich. Add cocoa nibs and a little sea salt if you like. Yum!

  66. ellen cuthrell says:

    I got mine from this farm http://www.tassotapiaries.com/ this past weekend. I just pt a tsp on my tongue. It is not that bad at all – sweet and a bit bitter. Tastes very fresh. They deliver! So give them a try. If you can get psyllium husks down, I don’t know why you can’t deal with the bee pollen.

  67. susan says:

    I just bought a jar of bee pollen and tasted it straight. It is BITTER. Does that mean it is rancid. Everybody said they dislike the taste, but did not mention that it was BITTER! Just want to make sure it is not rancid.

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      I was recently given a bottle from Beekeeper Naturals- a pure version and it was the first time I had tried it and it was delicious. The source is very, very important. I don’t know that pollen can go rancid. I’m more inclined to think about a pesticide contamination with a bitter taste.

  68. Jessica says:

    Mix a spoonful of bee pollen with a spoonful of honey and take it like that

  69. Holly says:

    Try getting a mortar and pestle and use that to grind down the bee pollen granules… I always like mixing it with some type of honey, especially manuka, as that type of honey also has many antiviral benefits. The two products work together and enhance the effects of one another. It is not so bad if you put it in a smoothie with the honey, I cannot taste it at all.

  70. Patty says:

    I warm up water to just above room temperature, put a couple Lemmon slices (3or4) let it sit for 10 min or so, add the bee-pollen, a little honey, and sometimes a little peppermint or ginger. Tastes yummy! This is my morning coffee!

  71. Paula says:

    Lol I don’t love it either but it’s great in smoothies and if u put kiwis in your smoothy you don’t feel the grainy bits quite as much

  72. limc says:

    I just pour some in my hand and throw it back with water. Don’t even taste it. My problem is that it seems to be delaying menopause. I am 53 and for about a year now I have noticed that everytime I start taking it after stopping for awhile, I get my period again, grrrrr. Not sure about this, hope its not true or maybe its just my local bee pollen has more hormones in it from the type of fertilizer used, so I can take some from a town over or something because I really miss taking it. It makes my hair and nails strong and I feel so much better when I use it.

  73. limc says:

    Oh, and don’t forget to store it in the freezer so it stays fresh :)

  74. Gairaca says:

    I grind my bee pollen in the coffee grinder and then i mix it with raw organic cacao powder or i grind my own cacao nibs into powder. The chcocolate taste pairs unbelivably well with the sweetness and depth of the pollen, it is to die for..! I started with 1 tbsp of each and then evolved into other ratios..

  75. Ryan says:

    My favorite way to eat bee pollen is in a 650g tub of coconut yogurt with berries. I prefer black currents and usually use around 2tbs of bee pollen.

    I also sometimes put it into egg salad sandwiches. The egg flavor seems to mask the bee pollen and they are a powerful combo.

  76. Heidi Merrill-McDonough says:

    I also don’t enjoy the taste/texture of bee pollen. I have tried many ways to ingest it. What works best for me is to put half on a table spoon then pour Barlean’s ‘Total Omega’ oil (a mix of fish oil & flax oil) on it. I get the ‘orange cream’ flavored oil. Then I pour the other half of the bee pollen on the tablespoon and pour my other half of the Barlean’s oil over it. I have to do it in two parts as taking it all at once is too much in my mouth. For some reason, the thick, creaminess of the oil makes it much easier to take and chew the bee pollen.

  77. Drew says:

    I think it depends a lot on how fresh/local it is. I just bought some local here from Gipson’s and it pretty good. I like it plain, but it’s also good to put a teaspoon or so in a bowl and then dip a banana into it. The pollen sticks to the banana and blends in nicely. Yum.

  78. John says:

    There is no magic bullet in life. I eat mostly organic food, and eat foods that so many people call “Super Foods.” I do not believe there is any such thing as a superfood. There are ways to optimize our lives. The middle path is not about getting overly enthusiastic about one type of food, like bee pollen or wheatgrass. I know this through my own life experiences. Bee pollen seems to be a good food, and I also use bee pollen in my diet. Living a balanced life is much more important than looking for your next superfood, or counting vitamins and minerals and being overly concerned about what types of vitamins and minerals are in a particular food. There are a lot of claims online made about the so called superfoods. It seems like everybody saying the same thing, and it’s a big cut and paste job. I’ve been exercising and and doing yoga for years, and I don’t think bee pollen by itself makes any difference in the world. It’s a combination of eating the right foods in a holistic way and exercise and doing yoga and all the other things which takes a lifetime of learning to know about oneself, that lead to being “healthy.” It’s nice to enjoy bee pollen (as I did this morning) but keep in mind that it’s not a “game changer.”

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      You’re right that there is no one magic food that does it all for us – it’s a combo of a healthy diet, sleep, handling stress, exercise, and more. Superfoods are a wonderful addition to the diet, but they don’t need to be the bulk of what we consume – in fact, they are so potent it’s usually better to consume them in smaller amounts.

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