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Honey – Natural Energy Booster

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Summer is around the corner, bringing all the good stuff that we desperately miss during winter. The days are longer, the nights are warmer and we can finally be out in the sun without freezing.

It’s no surprise that warmer weather brings all sorts of fun things with it from picnics, camping, hiking, cycling to all the other infinite outdoor activities.

That’s why we need any extra drop of energy possible. But instead of going for energy drinks or any kind of processed sugar bomb, we advise you to go for a more natural and healthy alternative.

Honey – Nature’s Energy Bar

Honey is nature’s original energy bar, plus it’s a natural sweetener that contains many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so you can’t go wrong with it.

Honey contains carbohydrates, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates give you quick energy while proteins boost your metabolism and help muscle recovery.

The glucose in honey enters the bloodstream quickly, helping to provide immediate energy for your muscles during exercise or any physical activity. In fact, a single tablespoon of honey contains about 17 grams of carbohydrate—that’s nearly as much as an 8-ounce glass of orange juice!

Honey is also a good source of fructose, which is absorbed more slowly than glucose. The slow absorption rate means it takes longer for your blood sugar levels to rise after eating honey—this makes it easier to avoid any sudden spikes in blood sugar that may cause fatigue or other problems during exercise.

Because it contains both fructose and glucose, honey can also help maintain healthy blood sugar levels between meals by slowing down the conversion of other carbohydrates into glucose within the body.

Honey contains many vitamins and minerals such as iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium—all important nutrients for athletes looking to keep up their energy levels while training hard!

Athletes have been using honey as a natural energy booster for centuries and today, there are many scientific studies proving its effectiveness as a pre-workout supplement.

How To Use Honey As An Energy Booster

Here are five ways to use honey as an energy booster:

In Your Smoothie

Honey is a delicious addition to any healthy smoothie recipe. Combine it with fruit or vegetables for added flavour and nutrition. You can even add milk for creaminess! Honey also makes an excellent substitute for sugar in recipes if you want something less processed than white sugar.

Mix With Protein Powder

Adding protein powder to your smoothie takes it from being a snack into providing nutrients essential for building muscle mass. Adding raw honey to it transforms it into a health and energy bomb that can keep you going for hours!

Make Your Own Energy Bars

Mix chunky peanut butter with hot honey and granola and form into bars. Combine your favourite nuts and seeds with date paste to create chewy, bite-size energy balls. Stir honey, whole grain cereal flakes, dried fruit and sesame seeds together and press into bars.

Mix It With Greek Yoghurt

Very simple but effective way to get a quick energy boost with all the gut friendly benefits of the yoghurt. Honey is a healthy food on its own but if you add calcium-rich, gut friendly yoghurt, you get a real power-packed snack. If you’re feeling it, you can add some fruit like banana or berries for a more colourful snack.

Straight Out Of The Jar

If you don’t want the hassle, the simplest way is to have a spoonful straight out of the jar. Simple but effective!

Why Bees are So Important

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We can understand why people might ask this question. After all, they are treated as annoying and buzzing, also tend to make us jump up in fear when they approach. Well you can’t be further away from the truth. Bees are more harmless and important than you think.

In fact, bees are vital to our survival, but we often take them for granted.

Honey bees pollinate 70 of 100 crops that feed 90 percent of the world’s population. Without honey bees, we wouldn’t have chocolate, coffee, almonds, avocados, cucumbers, kiwis and the list goes on. Yes you read that right. Without them you wouldn’t have your fresh everyday cup of coffee or your favourite late night chocolate snack. Bees are responsible for one-third of the food we eat. So the next time you’re indulging on your favourite chocolate bar, remember to say thanks to all the bees that made that possible.

Not only do these native insects pollinate our food supply, they also provide us with honey, wax and other products used in everything from skin care products to candles.

If that alone is not enough to change your mind on bees, here is one more reason. They also pollinate many of the trees and flowers which provide habitats for wildlife – from birds to butterflies – as well as helping to create new habitats for birds like sparrows and starlings by creating holes in hedges or walls for birds to nest in. These little pollinators also help maintain biodiversity by providing seeds that can be dispersed across long distances. Their importance to our ecosystem can’t be overstated. And they’re part of a complex ecosystem that supports other organisms for food and shelter.

Bee Population On A Decline

Now that you know the importance of the bees, you need to be aware that our little friends are in trouble. More than ever before, we need to recognise the importance of bees to nature and to our lives.

The problem is so serious that some experts have called it “the sixth mass extinction”. The honeybee population has declined dramatically over the last decade — declining by 60% since 1945. This decline is largely due to pesticides and loss of habitat caused by urban development, but also because of climate change (hotter temperatures make it harder for bees to fly).

But don’t worry there is a way to help our little friends. And it’s rather simple.

How Can We Help The Bees

Plant more flowers

Bees need nectar and pollen to survive, so the best way to help them is by planting flowers that bloom all season long. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of plants you can buy at nurseries or garden shops that will provide bees with food. Or choose seeds with names like “bee friendly” or “pollinator.”

Avoid insecticides and weed killers when possible.

This speaks for itself and it’s rather straightforward. Many commercial insecticides kill bees outright when sprayed on crops or lawns — as well as other beneficial insects like butterflies, ladybugs and lacewings.

Provide water sources for thirsty bees

Bees don’t just drink nectar; they also need water! You can provide fresh water sources for thirsty bees by adding bird baths or small ponds filled with rainwater where they can take a dip as needed while collecting the nectar.

Honey Almond Roca

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If you’ve never tried Almond Roca, then you’re in for a treat. It is one of the easiest candies you can make, and when you see how easy it is, you’ll be amazed that people pay so much for it in stores. If you have the ingredients to make it and the time to melt them together, you can have a batch ready in less than 30 minutes!

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Does Honey Help with Hay-Fever

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We can all agree on one thing. Honey is a great food. We love to spread it on toast, stir it into hot drinks, and bake with it to make cookies and other treats. But can raw honey help with hay-fever?

This is a question that many experts, nutritionists, and health professionals seem to disagree on (although I’d wager that most of them don’t go around with a jar of honey in their pockets, just in case). Some swear by it, while others will tell you it’s an old wives tale.

How does it work?

One of the main reasons people think honey has benefits for hay-fever sufferers is because of what honey is made out of. The bees that create this sweet treat gather pollen from flowers and plants, which they then process into honey.

But wait… If you’re allergic to pollen, eating honey may appear to be counterproductive when your body is telling you to avoid pollen at all costs.

Well, it’s thought that consuming small amounts of pure raw honey could actually help build up an immunity to the local pollen that causes your allergies.

Raw Honey For Hay-Fever

When you eat raw honey that contains small amounts of pollen (as opposed to mass-produced varieties found in supermarkets), your immune system gets used to the presence of the allergenic particles. This can reduce your symptoms over time, if not eliminate them completely. By using your raw honey, the theory goes that you’ll consume enough of the same pollen as you breathe in during the day to make a difference. Therefore, by exposing yourself to this pollen on a daily basis, you’re helping to build up a resistance. 

Big reason to try raw honey for hay fever is that it contains antioxidants which can reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. This could make it easier for you to fight off infections like colds and flu—and you’ll certainly feel better if you don’t have those things on top of your allergies!

In conclusion:

The answer appears to be unappealing: maybe. There are certainly plenty of people who swear by it, claiming that a spoonful of raw honey each morning has helped them overcome their hay-fever symptoms for good. On the other hand, there aren’t enough scientific studies supporting this method.

The problem with finding out for sure is that there are so many different types of honey. Honey from different regions can contain different types of pollen, making it difficult to test if the honey you have actually contains the pollen you’re allergic to. And even if it does contain the right type of pollen, there may not be enough of it for your body to develop an immunity. There has been some research undertaken into whether honey can help with hay-fever, but the results are inconclusive..

But one thing is for sure; if taking a little raw honey everyday during the spring months might help you overcome hay-fever, (rather than using pills filled with chemicals) then we don’t feel that there’s a downside to giving it a try!

Is Honey Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans

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The debate about whether or not honey is a vegetarian food has been going on for years, and there are plenty of passionate opinions on both sides. As with many items in the food world, it really depends on what kind of vegetarian/vegan you are. People often claim that because honey is an animal byproduct, it cannot be included in a strict vegetarian or vegan diet. However, things are not as simple as that.

The answer to “Is honey suitable for vegetarians and vegans?” is yes—and no.

Is honey vegan?

Let’s start with the vegan side first.

If you’re a strict vegan, the answer is clearly no: When vegans say honey isn’t vegan, it’s usually because they don’t want to contribute to the production of anything made from animals.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to include honey in your vegan diet:

Is it a plant-based product? Yes, but bees are involved in the production of honey so it’s not plant-based.

Do vegans eat animals? No, they only eat plant-based products, and honey is not one of them.

Is honey an animal product? Technically yes—it comes from bees—but many people consider it a plant-based food because it’s made through the process of pollination rather than being directly harvested from an animal (like milk or eggs).

Is it vegetarian though?

Now to the vegetarian side.

According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, “Honey is acceptable for vegetarians.” They explain that “the pollen in honey is not considered meat” and so vegetarians do not need to worry about accidentally consuming any animal products.

Since bees are not harmed at all, in the production of honey, it is indeed considered vegetarian. You may have heard honey referred to as an “animal product,” and it’s true that bees are animals. But the reason honey is considered vegetarian is because bees are not harmed during the production of honey.

Many vegetarians understand that beekeeping is a harmless craft and consider honey-making a traditional way for humans to coexist with nature in a peaceful manner. Honey has been used for centuries, and even Aristotle documented how he believed the substance was made in his book History of Animals.

The Bottom Line:

It’s up to you to decide if consuming honey is the right choice. Many vegetarians consume honey whereas many vegans do not.

The process of honey-making has long been understood as something that can be done without harming bees, so if you’re comfortable with other parts of your diet, feel free to enjoy some delicious raw honey—your body will thank you!

Apricot, Honey & Pistachio Flapjacks

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These flapjacks are quick and easy, filled with flavour, and you can keep the ingredients in your store cupboard for whenever the urge hits you.

Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Serves: 16 flapjacks

Ingredients:

●  140g butter

●  4 tbsp honey

●  175g rolled oats

●  75g chopped pistachios

●  140g dried chopped apricots

Cooking instructions:

STEP 1

Put butter and honey in a small pan, then heat gently until melted.

STEP 2

Tip oats, pistachios and apricots into a medium bowl. Pour over the melted butter mixture and stir to combine.

STEP 3

Transfer to a 20cm x 20cm greased and lined baking tray and cook at 160C/140C fan/gas 4 for 35-40 mins. Remove and cool in tin, then slice into 16. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Raw Linden Honey

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In Britain is called lime honey, produced from the nectar of lime trees. In North America is better known as basswood honey harvested from basswood trees. No matter what name is used, the tree has been described as the queen of honey plants.

The Linden bloom is a honey plant, and the bees love it. This tree flowers in June, when the temperature reaches 25°C. The honey produced from its blossom is with slightly dark yellow/light orange colour and has a fresh characteristic flavour of linden flowers with a hint of caramel. It’s medium-bodied with a fine and delicate taste.

The Linden Blossom or Lime Blossom tree has a history that goes back thousands of years. It’s a beautiful tree whose fragrant blossoms have a spicy taste. A native to central Europe and Asia, the Linden tree grows in many places around the world. 

In Ancient Greece and Egypt, the Linden tree was a sacred tree. It was dedicated to love and fidelity. Its barks leaves and flowers were used against fever, colds to promote sleep and serenity. Linden tree leaves are full of nutritional properties and rich in protein. During food shortages in the past as the one in second world war, linden leaves were dried and ground into flour.  

Linden honey has high levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron, phosphorus and many other microelements. In addition, it is rich in C and B vitamins. Linden honey is one of the most beneficial types of honey because of its rich content of minerals and vitamins. This honey has many therapeutic effects on the body and is used to treat colds, coughs, sore throats, and flu symptoms. People also use it to relieve migraine attacks or headaches. Linden honey is also an excellent sedative for insomnia because of its relaxing properties. It also acts on the nervous system because it contains magnesium, which reduces anxiety and calms nerves. 

Pairing: Linden Honey is suitable for all kinds of plates on the table, bringing a delicate freshness and finishing touch.

Crystallisation: Raw Linden Honey crystallises relatively quick with a soft, crunchy consistency.  

Linden Honey is one of the most precious and beneficial types of honey. With its combination of appearance, taste and nutritional profile, linden honey is certainly a variety to be tried. 

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Crystallised Honey Is Spoiled Honey – Fact or Myth?

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We’ve all had it happen, opening the cupboard or looking in the pantry and finding a jar of honey that has been there for quite some time. You open the lid, and it’s all solid. “Uh-oh,” you think to yourself, “Now what do I do? Has it gone bad?”

The good news is that your honey is fine. In fact, it’s better than fine. It is actually a good sign that you have real pure honey. Not high temperature heated honey or corn syrup you can find on low prices on the shelves in a lot of shops these days. Actually, this is one of the main reasons for honey pasteurisation; to remove the crystallisation process. Therefore, the honey has a smooth golden look and remains runny forever, making it more attractive for many buyers and extending the so-called shelf life.

What is Crystallisation and Why Occurs:

Crystallisation is a natural process in raw honey during which honey changes its consistency form runny to set and ultimately becomes crystallised. Honey contains natural sugars, fructose (fruit sugar), glucose (grape sugar) and water. Depending on the type of honey, the content range from 30-44% fructose, 25-40% glucose, and around 20% water. The higher sugar content means the water in honey contains more sugar than it could naturally hold. When glucose crystallises and separates from the water, it takes the form of crystals. As the process progress and more glucose crystallise, those crystals spread through the honey and change the consistency, ultimately becoming thick or crystallised.

The different type of honey crystallises at different speeds. From 1 -2 months for rapeseed and sunflower honey to 1-2 years for varieties like Lavender and Acacia.
Temperature, relative humidity and the type of packaging could also make a difference in the speed of the crystallisation process. For example, lower temperatures speed up the process whilst higher delay the crystallisation. However, as long as the container is kept closed, crystallised honey can be safely consumed indefinitely without any adverse effects on its quality or flavour.

Raw Honey vs Sugar

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Is Raw Honey Better than Sugar 

There’s been a silent war between the sweet lovers since the dawn of time. The battle? Whether raw honey or sugar is better. You would think that with the thousands of years honey and sugar have been around, someone would have figured out whether you should eat a spoonful of raw honey or processed cane juice crystals. But no one has. Well, it’s time to figure that out once and for all. 

Raw Honey vs Sugar 

Both honey and sugar are sources of carbohydrates, but the way they’re produced and processed can have significant differences. 

Honey is obtained from flowers (mostly from the nectar of plants), while sugar is derived from a combination of sugar cane, beets, and corn. Although both honey and sugar contain sugar in the form of simple carbohydrates, they differ in their overall composition. 

Sugar 

You can find it in almost every processed product that you see on the supermarket shelves. Why? It tastes good. But is it good for you? 

The short answer is no. Refined white sugar undergoes many steps to remove impurities, producing a fine-grained, odourless product that dissolves quickly in liquids. What does that mean in simpler words? It’s stripped of vitamins and nutrients, and all you get is fructose and glucose. The food industry uses sugar in a wide variety of foods and drinks, but it’s listed under many different names. “Sugar” can mean regular table sugar (sucrose), or it can mean glucose, fructose, lactose and even high-fructose corn syrup. 

The good thing about table sugar is that it’s cheap, tastes good and can be used in a variety of ways. Sugar is widely used to prevent spoilage when food is commercially canned or stored, with sugar being added as a preservative. But the list is far longer when it comes to downsides:

  • Consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain and obesity. 
  • High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease are two major complications associated with consuming too much sugar. If you have any of these conditions, watch your sugar intake. 
  • Diabetes is another serious complication of consuming too much sugar. It increases your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes by as much as 30 percent. 
  • Sugar is high in glycemic index (GI), meaning it causes your blood sugar to spike with the sudden crash.

Sugar is bad for you. You know it. We know it. But somehow, it keeps creeping into our diets. We try to cut back and eliminate as much as possible, but sometimes, we need a little pick-me-up to keep us going — especially when we overindulge in the evening and end up feeling sluggish the next day.

But that’s where honey comes in:

Raw Honey can replace any use of sugar. It can sweeten a bowl of oatmeal or yoghurt. Drizzle over sliced fruit or toast for breakfast. Add it into your tea or coffee instead of sugar. Sweeten smoothies, yoghurt, or pancakes, porridge; drizzle on breakfast fruits; spice up rice dishes; stir into iced teas, baking and cocking with it. The options are endless.

  • Honey is a product made by bees. They collect nectar from flowers, boil it and then ferment it. This makes it into a thick syrup that contains water, minerals and amino acids. But there is a difference between cheap plastic bottled honey from a supermarket and raw-unpasteurised 100% natural honey. 

Raw honey doesn’t go through a process of pasteurisation and filtration which strips most of the nutrients, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants naturally found in honey. In other words, cheap processed honey is nothing different from regular table sugar. 

These are just some of the many benefits that raw honey provides: 

  •  Antioxidant-rich
  •  Wound healing
  •  Antibacterial and antifungal
  •  Anticancer effects in animal studies
  •  Helping with digestive issues
  • Soothing a sore throat
  • Protecting against ulcers
  • Reducing cough symptoms
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps with allergies

The Bottom Line 

The sweet golden syrup that comes from the beehive has long been considered a nutritional powerhouse. This ancient food has been used for centuries as both a food and medicine. Raw honey is not only food that tastes absolutely delicious but can provide our bodies with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to strengthen our immune system. Next time when you’re thinking between sugar or honey, just remember health benefits associated with raw honey far outweigh those associated with sugar. 

Delicious with Real Raw Honey

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“French Toast with Honey” Easy, but classy.

Ingredients for two servings:
3 large eggs
80ml whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
½ tsp cinnamon
4 slices preferable bread
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp raw honey
fresh berries, to serve (optional)

Direction
1. Mix together the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
2. In a frying pan, heat one tbsp of butter and one tbsp of oil.
3 Dunk the bread into the mixture, soaking both sides. Transfer to the heated pan and fry for 2-3 min on each side while golden and crisp.

Serve with fresh berries and pour with raw honey.