As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” When it comes to health benefits, products from the hive are one of the simplest, yet most powerful way to protect your body. Humans have benefited from bees and their nourishing superfoods since prehistoric times. Bees produce products like honey, pollen and propolis that are loaded with minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. These products have a variety of functions to support optimal health; from improving sleep quality, to boosting energy and strengthening the immune system. They also pollinate approximately a third of the crops we eat, including strawberries, lemon, coconut and coffee.
We’re in the thick of winter here in Canada, where there’s no locally grown produce in sight. I need to be honest – I miss fresh fruits and veggies. Shopping at the grocery store isn’t the same as heading to the farmers’ market to pick up fresh produce grown in a neighbouring town. If you live in a snowy climate, then you get where I’m coming from. My body craves these nutrients, but they’re more difficult to come by; that’s why I like to supplement with a greens or superfoods powder over the winter. They’re nutritionally dense and support many bodily functions including digestion, immunity and hormones. Plus, they always make my hair and nails healthier and I sleep better too.
As a new year winds up, I can’t help but feel immense gratitude for the opportunities offered to me over 2017. I have experienced tremendous growth in my professional life, accomplishing many goals I once only dreamed about. I made sure I took time over the holidays to slow down and celebrate all of the small and big wins of 2017.
A question I’m often asked is, “What healthy snacks can I make at home & carry with me when I’m on the run?” I love creating recipes – especially snacks since they’re the most popular. When I create recipes, I start with a flavour profile then I experiment with random, nutrient-dense ingredients until I come up with something that’s worth sharing. Other times I scout out recipes then modify them by omitting the unhealthy items and adding nutrient-rich ingredients to boost the nutritional value.