Friday, May 31, 2013

Recipes with Rose: Pretty Sweet Parfait

This edition of Recipes with Rose is inspired by a Whole Foods recipe she found a few weeks ago. Its benefits for your insides and out are too good not to share!
We've created a BeeAlive spin off the original "double-duty-berry-beauty" recipe, but we think our Royal Jelly version is still "pretty sweet;" sweet for your taste buds and your health, while beneficial for pretty skin!
*Feel free to add-on, increase or reduce ingredients as you desire. If you're gluten-free like Rose, substitute ground flax seeds for the wheat germ!
Beauty Masque
Toss all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Hand mix (and mash) everything together for about a minute, or use a food processor. The consistency should be creamy but not too runny.
Apply the mixture to your already cleansed face, using a brush to keep your hands from getting too sticky!
Let masque set for 15-30 minutes. You’ll feel your skin begin to tighten as each ingredient works its magic!
Berry Parfait

This treat is so easy to make, it could become your summer staple breakfast, snack or dessert!
In a container with a fairly wide mouth, such as a recycled glass jar, layer the same ingredients used for the masque.
Start with about 1/3 cup Greek yogurt. Add 3 tablespoons wheat germ, sliced strawberries, whole blueberries, sliced banana and whole raspberries.

Drizzle BeeAlive Sweet Energy Formula Royal Jelly over the top, sprinkle on dried lavender buds, grate lemon zest across the top and finish off with a sprig of mint!

Deliciousness in only 4-5 minutes! The best part: Wear your masque as you prepare and indulge in your parfait -- then wash it off to reveal glowing skin!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Five Easy Ways to Achieve Food Independence

This Memorial Day weekend, over two million people in 52 countries and 436 cities marched for their food rights, protesting the use of genetically modified foods (GMOs) in support of a GMO labeling mandate and to demand political transparency of suppliers and the food chain. The issues are complex and controversial.
But what does this mean for local organic enthusiasts? 
These marches were an opportunity for many locals to add their voice to a public protest of GMOs. An online campaign was available for those who could not make it in person. To dive deeper into the details of why Americans are upset, visit the Non-GMO Project's website.
What does this mean for you and what can you do locally? Do you have to take the streets and protest? No. The easiest way to continue to support organic is to vote with your hard earned dollars.
Here are five easy ways you can achieve food and health independence!
  1. Buy local – Look for products in stores that have been made/grown locally. We have everything from organic salsa made in Brooklyn to organic chocolate made in Long Island City. Know where your food is made, and what it is in it. The easier the ingredients to pronounce, the better.
  2. Shop local farmers' markets – Get to know your farmers. Local farmer’s market stands put a face to your food. You can ask them questions about their products and visit them weekly for your grocery needs to support the local economy.
  3. Substitute with organic in your conventional recipes – This is easy to do by using organic, local and responsibly manufactured foods in place of conventional "big box store" food. You can tell true organic foods by the “9” at the beginning of the five digit PLU Code.
  4. Add Buycott to your phone apps – This cool app enables you to trace the source manufacturer of your food products, enabling you to see whether companies involved with their production are participating in causes you do/do not support. Vote with your dollars!
  5. Start a home garden – Use seeds from to know what you grow! They not only sell certified organic seed, but it's a fun way to teach kids about life and nurturing growth while putting your money towards positive strides in the food revolution. Bring back the bees!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

BeeAlive Spa Essentials™ Rated Highest Safety by EWG's Skin Deep

All seven products in our BeeAlive Spa Essentials™ natural skin care line have been rated highest safety and lowest toxicity by the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Skin Deep product safety database!

EWG's mission is to protect consumers from unsafe, toxic ingredients found in certain body, skin and hair care products by rating them  on a scale from 0-10, with a rating of zero (0) indicating highest safety and lowest toxicity. Generally, ratings of 0-2 indicate low toxicity, 3-5 moderate toxicity, 6-8 high toxicity and 9-10 very high toxicity. We are thrilled (but not surprised) to announce that BeeAlive Spa Essentials™ achieved the best ratings, all between 0 and 2, indicating that our natural skin care is among the safest on the market.

Rose discovered the Skin Deep database when she was pregnant with triplets. After entering her current personal care products in the database, she was shocked and terrified by the ratings most received, due to hidden toxic chemicals. As Rose began to research common skin care ingredients with the potential of harmful risks, she realized the health benefits of natural skin care and became inspired to create a line for BeeAlive. With that motivation and dedication, BeeAlive Spa Essentials™ was born.

Search the ingredients in your current personal care products here.
Warning: Findings may be traumatic.
Check out BeeAlive Spa Essentials™ ratings here.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Recipes with Rose: 'Berry' Fresh Strawberry Honey Sauce

Every year, May 20 marks National Pick Strawberries Day. The holiday falls during mid-May when strawberries are at their prime. National Pick Strawberries Day usually falls around the time of many state strawberry festivals and farmers' market events where you can sample delicious ripe strawberries and even pick your own. Make sure to check out events going on in your area!
Even if you can't pick your own this National Pick Strawberries Day, we hope you'll buy some of nature's tasty ruby red jewels at your local farmers' market or supermarket (we recommend organic). Eat them straight out of the carton, or create tastebud-pleasing recipes. Read more tips on picking, washing and using strawberries here.
One of our favorite strawberry recipes is a "Berry" Fresh Strawberry Honey Sauce. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this berrylicious sauce that can be used as a spread or dessert topping -- especially on National Strawberry Sundae Day, which will be here before you know it on July 7!
"Berry" Fresh Strawberry Honey Sauce
What You'll Need:
  1. Warm honey in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until thin but not hot.
  2. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and strawberries.
  3. Stir until blended, cover and let stand at room temperature until ready to serve.
  4. Allow to reach room temperature before serving. Spread on toast or an English muffin, mix with peanut butter or add to desserts!
Note: The sauce will keep covered in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Monday, May 6, 2013

What Makes a Food a SUPERfood?

It seems like everywhere we look these days -- from super markets to magazines -- we are swarmed by advertisements and headlines that tout certain eatables as "superfoods."

Because the term is not regulated, it seems like it is being used so much that it is losing its true meaning, making it difficult to understand the real nutritional characteristics of this food category.

What exactly IS the meaning of a superfood then? According to Oxford Dictionaries, a superfood is "a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being."

At BeeAlive, we believe superfoods are whole, nutrient-dense foods found only in nature. Full of essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need but cannot make themselves makes them truly "super!" Other sources mention the necessity of nutrient diversity, low calorie count and the absence of toxins.

Superfoods, therefore, pack a lot of punch!

Although many of nature's foods can be labeled superfoods, Royal Jelly is known as one of them, having been used for its nutrient-dense properties since ancient times. It might sound like a special jam or preserve used by the royal family, but the truth is Royal Jelly is a truly amazing and natural substance from the beehive with a wide array of nutrients, used around the world as a dietary supplement to provide extra nutritional support for energy, stamina and vitality. 

What's in Royal Jelly?

The exclusive food of the Queen Bee, Royal Jelly is composed of many wonderful nutrients and nutritious, biologically-active compounds. Modern testing has found that Royal Jelly contains many naturally occurring nutrients, including B-complex vitamins like pantothenic acid (B5) and B6 proteins; amino, nucleic and fatty acids; peptides; minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc; and 10-HDA, found exclusively in Royal Jelly and nowhere else in nature. Because of this, Royal Jelly cannot be duplicated in a laboratory. It can only be harvested from beehives, where it is produced in very minute amounts, making it extremely rare and precious.

Where does BeeAlive Royal Jelly come from?

BeeAlive Royal Jelly is harvested by apiculturists (beekeepers) from the finest hand-selected hives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, known to be among the best places on Earth from which to harvest Royal Jelly. The Royal Jelly used in BeeAlive products is ALWAYS FRESH, never freeze-dried! We believe that fresh Royal Jelly produces a superior product; scientific research has shown that freeze-drying Royal Jelly changes its natural composition and causes it to degrade more rapidly when stored.

So it’s like honey?

Royal Jelly and honey both come from the beehive, but that’s where the similarity ends. Royal Jelly is not honey. It is a substance like no other, used by people all over the world for increased energy, stamina and vitality.

Why is it called "Royal Jelly"?

When Royal Jelly is produced in the beehive, it has a milky, jelly-like appearance. It is titled "Royal" for being the only food in nature used to nourish the Queen Bee (In fact, because of her exclusive Royal Jelly diet, the Queen Bee lives longer, grows bigger and produces more eggs than other worker bees that feed on honey and pollen). In fact, at one point in history, because of Royal Jelly's rare nature, only people of royalty or great wealth could afford Royal Jelly. Today, it is widely available and enjoyed by many worldwide.

Why BeeAlive?

For nearly 30 years, BeeAlive has been a premier provider of the highest quality Royal Jelly dietary supplements. BeeAlive uses only fresh, never freeze-dried Royal Jelly -- the way nature intended. Research has shown that freeze-drying degrades Royal Jelly more quickly and may destroy some of the properties of this precious food substance. At BeeAlive, we carefully handle, ship and store the Royal Jelly to preserve freshness and quality, so it is as close to nature as possible, ensuring you the finest Royal Jelly available. Royal Jelly can't get more "super" than that!

To learn more about BeeAlive Royal Jelly, visit our website or call one of our friendly call center representatives at 1-800-543-BEES (2337).

Dr. Oz Targets Misleading Advertisements in "It's Not Me" Campaign

Dr. Mehmet Oz announced his “It’s Not Me” campaign to inform and warn viewers about rogue marketers engaging in copyright infringement and the illegal use of the Dr. Oz name on the Today Show Monday, May 6.

 Over the past several years, advertisements featuring Dr. Oz endorsements have plagued the internet, on sites like Facebook, Google, Amazon and YouTube. Email spamming, targeted ads and robo-calling have also been reported by viewers. These ads are misleading because, although the products may have been seen or mentioned on the show, no specific product names have been endorsed by Dr. Oz. As a result of these false and fraudulent claims, the Dr. Oz Show launched "OzWatch" on his website, so viewers could report violations.

"We've gotten more than 10,000 complaints this season alone about fake internet ads; about me selling stuff. Let me make it clear, I do not sell anything. We've made a big stink about this. My prescription pad has basically been stolen," said Dr. Oz.

From now on, the heart-surgeon-turned-Emmy-winning-talk-show-host will run a disclaimer at the beginning of his shows:

"If you receive an email or any kind of direct marketing claiming to be from me selling a product with my name, my image or the show's name, you need to know IT'S NOT ME! I consider anyone that uses my name or my picture to try to sell you a product or supplement reckless and dangerous. They are undermining my credibility with you and the trust you place in me. More importantly, it could be dangerous to your health. Please go to to report if you receive any messages that use me to sell you anything. To see a list of our trusted partners, please go to Dr."

Unfortunately, false claims are all-too-prevalent in society. At BeeAlive, we stand behind Dr. Oz's campaign of integrity and action.  As a company in business for nearly 30 years, our mission has always been to positively impact the health and lives of all people through our products, our messages, our interactions and our commitments. We strive to uphold integrity by acting morally and ethically with sincerity and truth in all situations, including our advertising efforts. We believe it is our responsibility to treat consumers with absolute respect by providing outstanding excellence in our product formulations and services to fulfill our mission of truly making a difference in people’s lives. Our intent of informing you about Dr. Oz's campaign is that you become more aware as a consumer, and always make conscientious judgments based on thorough research.

Bee Happy. Bee Healthy. BeeAlive!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Bees Face Pesticides, Parasites and Poor Forage; Oh My!

If you've been following the news on honeybee declines and the recent EU pesticide ban, you'll probably be interested in a new federal report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and EPA Thursday that cites a parasitic mite, multiple viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition, genetics and habitat loss, as well as pesticides, as causes for colony collapse disorder in the U.S. These multiple causes make it harder to do something about to preserve the bees and, thus, our crops.

A Florida beekeeper collects honey from his hives.
A variety of factors have contributed to a worrisome loss of bee colonies in recent years,
and a federal report released Thursday concludes there is no single remedy. 
"It's not a simple situation. If it were one factor we would have identified it by now," said David Inouye, President of the Ecological Society of America.

"No single silver bullet will solve the problems affecting honeybees and other pollinators," wrote the report authors. "Habitat enhancement, judicious and targeted pesticide use, improved colony management techniques and improved disease- and pest-resistant stocks of bees are collectively needed to improve the health of honeybee colonies."

Although good management practices have been developed to improve bee health, the report added that "there are numerous obstacles to widespread adoption of these practices.'"

Read the full Los Angeles Times article here.