Honey’s sweet benefits make it one of our favorite all natural sweeteners. It helps the body cure more than just a sweet tooth.
Included below are some delicious recipes featuring honey from AT AThlete, Sarah Grace and author of Fresh Fit N Healthy.
Here are 8 reasons* why honey should be a staple in everyone’s pantry – especially as the seasons are changing it can be an immune system life saver.
- Antibacterial, Anti-Fungal – researchers at a university in New Zealand found “All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide.”
- Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders – Honey contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that may help ulcers and gastroenteritis.
- Increases athletic performance – Honey is more superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery times than any other sweeteners.
- Reduce cough and throat irritation – in recents studies researchers have found that honey is as effective at soothing a cough as the leading cough suppressant, dextromethorphan.
- Blood sugar regulation – even though honey contains simple sugars, it is not the same as WHITE sugar or leading artificial sweeteners. The combination of fructose and glucose that honey contains actually helps to regulate blood sugar. Some honeys also are low on the hypoglycemic index.
- Heal wounds and burns – external application of honey has been shown to have a drying effect on wounds with the help of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial properties.
- Probiotic – many varieties of honey contain large amounts of friendly bacteria.
- Beautiful skin – the anti-bacterial properties are also useful on the face but it can also be nourishing and moisturizing.
Be sure to check the Honey Locator, to find your nearest bee-keeper to find the raw honey local to your area.
Now that you know about the health benefits, let’s curb that sweet tooth with one of nature’s best sugars!
Meet Sarah Grace, contributor of these delicious recipes!
PB&Honey Honeycomb Pancakes
-1/4 cup each: peanut flour, raw bran, natural protein powder, coconut flour
-1/2 cup egg whites
-1/2 cup almond milk
-1tsp baking powder
For PB Honey Sauce:
-1T natural pb
-2T peanut flour
-2T almond milk
-2T Greek yogurt
-1tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Combine all pancake ingredients together. Cook in hot pan on stove ( this is where you have to perfect your “moon” shaped pancake making). Make half moon shaped pancakes and half normal circles. Blend all sauce ingredients together. Stack pancakes as seen in picture, reserving one pancake for cutting “bees” out of. Top “honeycomb” with sauce. Cut out bee shapes in leftover cake. Submerge in sauce. Use cacao nibs and cut raisins for decorations. Enjoy!
Pumpkin “Cream Cheese”
-1/4 cup+2T Pumpkin Puree
-1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
-1 packet Stevia or 2T Honey
-1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
-1/4 tsp Cinnamon + Nutmeg
Directions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Keep in jar. Use as a spread on toast, a sweet dip, or even a simple add-in into oatmeal or shakes.
Dark Chocolate Dipped Apples
- 4 Apples
- ½ cup Dark Cocoa Powder
- ¼ cup BetterBodyFood’s Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoons Kevala’s Raw Honey
- Optional: more sweetener to taste
- Optional: Shredded Coconut, Mini Chocolate/Cacao Chips, Nut, or anything else to sprinkle on top of chocolate
- Melt coconut oil and honey either in the microwave or in a pot over the stove (in 30 second intervals in microwave)
- Mix dark cocoa powder in hot oil and honey mixture
- Dip apples into chocolate mixture and set on plate covered with parchment paper
- Sprinkle any additional things you may want on top of the warm chocolate
- Sit in fridge until using/eating
Comment below if you and your family love Honey as much as we do!!
Let us know if you give these recipes a try
*Health benefits from Care2