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Fresh (Pea)Nut Butter

Peanut butter is delicious, high in protein, and full of fiber, but like most nut products, it’s also super high in calories. The tasty spread often gets a bad press since many peanut butter recipes are loaded with sugar and vegetable oils that we’d rather avoid. Especially for the little ones. But don’t worry I have a suggestion.

Nutritional Benefit

Roasted peanuts are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (including oleic acid, the healthful fat found in olive oil) and also a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. Peanuts have also been found to contain the phenolic antioxidant resveratrol, the beneficial compound found in red wine and grapes.

Roasting can increase another of peanuts’ antioxidants, primarily a compound called p-coumaric acid, by as much as 22%, making roasted peanuts richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or beets. With all that goodness it should not be surprising that studies have shown that frequent peanut consumption can lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, stroke and colon cancer!

Wholefoods Market offer fresh nut butters in store. Free from preservatives and always freshly made.



A must buy if like me you are concerned over high salt contents and preservatives found in conventional peanut butters and the like in the supermarket.

Also ideal for kids as an alternative to the Jar variety that they may be accustomed too.





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What is Bee Pollen?

Bee pollen is simply the pollen of flowers that has collected on the fine hairs along the legs of bees.This pollen is then mixed with some nectar and bee enzymes to make “bee pollen”.

Bees work exceptionally hard for their pollen. A small teaspoonful of bee pollen contains 2.5 million granules of flower pollen. It is one of the easiest foods to be digested by the body. This means that the benefits are realised by the body almost instantly.

Nutritional Benefits

Bee-pollen’s are rich in proteins – approx 40% protein, amino acids, vitamins, including B-complex vitamins and folic acid.

Bee pollen is richer in protein than any other animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese per gram.

The amino acids found in Bee Pollen are ‘free’ amino acids, so are readily absorbed by the body.

1. Energy Enhancer – The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energiser. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off tiredness and fatigue.

2. Skin Soother – Bee pollen is often used in topical products that aim to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and aid the regeneration of cells.

3. Respiratory System – Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.

4. Treating Allergies – Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies. Dr. Leo Conway, M.D of Denver Colorado, reported that 94% of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with oral feeding of pollen. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems were cleared, confirming that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a wide range of respiratory diseases.
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5. Digestive System – In addition to healthful vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat.

6. Immune System Booster – Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports the immune system. According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses. It’s also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.

Suitable for Vegetarian, Halal and Kosher diets. Not suitable for vegans.

How to use: We have included a recipe below for a smoothie, alternatively it can be added to salads, yogurts, granola. It is naturally sweet and has a great crunch.

Celeb’s Love it!

As with any Superfoods, some of the rich and famous catch on and then hail them as their miracle. To quote Mrs Beckham:

‘Totally obsessed with this Bee Pollen! so good for you !! x vb’


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Try this smoothie adapted from Candice Kumai for a tasty introduction to bee pollen:



  • 1/2 cup coconut water (can be substituted for apple juice)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 cup Greek or coconut yogurt (can be substituted for non-dairy)
  • 1 tbsp bee pollen
  • 1 tsp probiotics (contents of a probiotic capsule)
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy for breakfast or a pre-workout energy boost.

Per serving (serves 2): 

120 calories, 0g fat, 9g protein, 22g carbohydrates


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