How can I incorporate honey into my diet?

How can I incorporate honey into my diet?

Living a healthy life has many different aspects to it. Regular exercise helps to keep us fit and manage our weight. Avoiding stress where possible and getting seven to eight hours of nourishing sleep every night helps to support good mental health. Being outside in the fresh air regularly is great for our physical and mental health.

But perhaps above all, the most important aspect of staying healthy is our diet – we are what we eat, after all. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, good fats and whole grains helps to sustain us and look after our physical wellbeing, as will keeping processed foods, high in refined sugars, saturated fats and salt to a minimum. 

Eating honey every day as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle is also an amazing way of adding immune system supporting antioxidants into your diet. 

So how do you add honey into your diet? Easy peasy! 

Perhaps one of the simplest ways is to add a teaspoon to warm water and a squeeze of lemon as your first drink of the day each morning. Active healing honeys such as Necta & Hive high TA Jarrah and Red Gum honeys contain delicate enzymes that give them their healing properties. These enzymes are destroyed by high heats, so wait until your water is at drinking temperature before adding your honey.

Another way of eating honey is to add a teaspoon to your favourite breakfast smoothie or to drizzle it over your granola or healthy breakfast cereal. Honey is also amazing when eaten with fresh figs.

Honey cakes are a popular choice for Russian and Jewish celebrations. Using honey in baking is a healthier alternative to sugar and can be especially helpful for those looking to lose weight but still wanting to satisfy their sweet tooth. You can even make chocolate brownie cake[1] using honey and no refined sugar! 

And don’t be mistaken for thinking that honey only belongs in sweet dishes and desserts. I recently found a recipe for a dish using mushrooms, spinach and quinoa, with a dressing made from olive oil, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and honey. (It’s a Deliciously Ella recipe that isn’t available online but is on page 150 of her Every Day cookbook.) 

You can also make tasty salad dressings using honey. This one[2] combines the sweetness of honey with the tanginess of balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard and sounds amazing (we’ll definitely be adding the optional clove – or two – of garlic). 

We also love honey mixed with tamari (a type of gluten free soy sauce with a more intense flavour than regular soy sauce) and a twist of lemon and black pepper. You can then use it to dress salads or as a dressing for grilled fish. 

Of course, you can also eat your daily teaspoon directly from the jar. We love doing this here at Necta & Hive, as it’s perfect when you need a hit of something sweet during that mid-afternoon slump in energy. Go on, try it for yourself! 

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References

[1] www.yummly.co.uk. (n.d.). Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Cake Recipe | Yummly. [online] Available at: https://www.yummly.co.uk/recipe/Raw-Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Brownie-Cake-986645 [Accessed 9 Jul. 2020].

[2] The Spruce Eats. (n.d.). Make the Most of Your Salads With Balsamic Honey Salad Dressing. [online] Available at: https://www.thespruceeats.com/balsamic-honey-salad-dressing-2217078 [Accessed 9 Jul. 2020].