Introducing: allongee Kitchen

So we're starting a long progressive process of transforming this blog; we're widening our range of topics on here to really serve our allongee community (near & far!), along with offering online programming! We're really excited, and while this will be quite the process and take some time we're excited to be taking everything to the next step!

We're debuting allongee Kitchen today, a new segment of our blog filled with all things cooking and nutrition. Posts by myself (Jillian) , staff members, and guest writers will be included here a few times a month. I've been living a super active lifestyle for the better part of a decade now, and I know a thing or two about nutrition; although I am not a nutritionist by training or certification. 

Considering that many of us (myself included) are being hit with these *awesome* seasonal allergies (this hot windy weather is NOT helping Philly's air quality!), we're starting off with a post that may help these pesky allergies subside, but 100% without all of those drowsy, horrible allergy meds!

Local honey has been an excellent and widely-used natural remedy that is widely available. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties which make it ideal for a variety of applications. In addition to honey being a better sweetener substitute, it makes an excellent addition as a supplement to your daily diet. It can be used topically on the skin and scalp to soothe and relieve dry skin conditions.  It has a lower GI index, which helps us active ladies maintain energy levels for a longer period of time with a slower time-release during metabolic breakdown. 

Last but not least, in the name of "immunopathy", honey can be very helpful for seasonal allergy relief. Similar to the way in which allergy shots work, exposing your body to small amounts of such allergens can provide a type of immunity.

Bee pollen is another amazing additive to your diet which can provide amazing benefits. According to Mercola, bee pollen "is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods..." and contains a remarkable amount of essential nutrients. Bee pollen is rich in protien, free amino acids, and vitamins including B-complex and folic acid. 

 These benefits are obviously experienced on a case-by-case basis and you may find that it works great for you, or you may find the complete opposite.

 

Our raw honey and bee pollen are from nearby Bucks County Honey Company. I started suffering from some overwhelming allergies toward the end of last week, and we picked some of this amazing stuff up right at their cute little roadside stand on our way out to Nockamixon State Park (more on that next week! :).

Recipe:

2TBSP Chia seeds or Chia jelly*

1.5cups  Non-fat/Low-fat Plain or Greek-style yogurt

2-3 tablespoons of honey (to taste)**

2 heaping tablespoons of bee pollen**

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* chia jelly is another amazing superfood, packed with antioxidants, high-density lipoproteins, and medium/long chain fatty acids. You can make 2 tbsp of chia seeds into 1 cup of jelly by mixing with water or other fun ingredients to make a tapioca-like pudding. Here it is used as a jelly to get my greek yogurt texture a bit fluffier, but it has an endless number of applications.

**Bee products to taste AND tolerance! If you've never tried bee pollen or honey products before, do so in moderation. Start out small and work your way up! More info can be found here.