So today I want to tell you guys about another little super power of nature. The awesome super food that is Honey… honey has loads of benefits for adults and children (over 1 year). So today I’ll tell you a few of the reasons I love honey…
- Sugar Substitute- honey is a great natural sweetener. The healthy natural sweetener offers many nutritional benefits depending on its variety. It is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free, mainly carbohydrate and water, but also contains vitamins that are very healthy for you and ultimately low-calorie sweetener.It can give you a great energy boost as well and great to have in the morning before exercise.
- Anti-inflammatory effects of honey are great. So if you have any issues such as sinusitis, a persistent cough, or anything allergy related honey can be a great cure all for you. Manuka Honey (UMF or Active) especially has a particularly high yield of antibacterial elements and very powerful healing properties, mainly due to the bees which source the nectar from the Manuka flower. You can also apply honey to your skin to relieve any aches and pains that you may have and it will help the inflammation of your muscles etc.
- Skincare- so I am a big fan of using honey as a face cleanser, you can use it to treat acne by consuming it as well as, topically applying it on your face. Honey has strong but natural antibiotic properties that can help eliminate the bacteria found on your skin and reduce any redness, pimples and soreness from your skin. It is also great to leave your skin smooth. The only downside is not the easiest to wash your face with but usually, if you use a hot cloth and try to combine it with some good quality facial oils such as argan oil, jojoba, sweet almond, avocado oil or moringa oil, you will get the benefits of both and your skin will look great. I usually resort to this at a certain time of the month when my face goes a bit hormonal. Especially if you have very sensitive skin this could be a very good solution for you.
- A Sleep Aid- Use honey to help you sleep better. A bit of sugar in your body before bed can help your brain function at night, so what better way than a natural source of sugar. Combine the honey with a small bit of protein, like a rice cake with honey, bee pollen and your preferential nut butter or try a vegan protein based smoothie with honey right before bed. All you need is about 2 tablespoons. You can also have a lukewarm tea with honey to help you sleep. Having glucose in your body is essential to feed your brain while it sleeps and prevent the early release of stress hormones which can disturb your sleep, or imbalance your blood sugar levels.
- Exercise energy boost- like an I said before honey goes right into the bloodstream so you can literally put some in your water, with a bit of lemon and ginger slices and refuel yourself for your exercise or even during your exercise. In addition, honey can help with rebuilding muscle and tissue damage so this is great as a recovery drink.
- Baking- I use honey for a sugar substitute not only for smoothies, coffee, tea etc but also for baking, substituting sugar for honey means you get fewer calories and more nutrients, or even use it as a dressing on your salad or grilled vegetables to really transform your cooking and stay healthy.
- Hangover aid- yes that’s right, instead of dealing with a bad hangover just take some honey in a glass of water before your night out and before your lie in and then a few more spoons in the morning and bulk up on some carbs and you will be feeling a lot more like yourself.
- Use it as a diet aid- so honey does contain fructose and sucrose so don’t use more than 5 tablespoons a day because your blood sugar levels can be affected but ultimately it can aid with digestion, sugar cravings and metabolism as well as provide you with good sleep, energy and nutrients, which all of course help in the process of weight loss.
So girls drizzle it on a smoothie bowl, put it in coffee or slather it on your skin, honey has got a load of benefits for you, so make sure you get yourself some honey, honey!
A Yummy Mummy Tip
Remember no more than 4 to 5 tablespoons a day.
Also if you are worried about animal cruelty or perhaps you are a vegan, this tip may not be for you and I totally respect that as I am trying to wean out animals products from our families life as well…(future post to come on this topic, once I feel truly informed and committed) but I will say that sourcing the honey from an ethical source is very important, where they are only taking the excess honey that is produced by the bees for the consumption of us honey lovers. Ethical farmers will not be starving the bees from their own food which they work hard to create, as well as giving them antibiotics etc…. There are hundreds of types of honey out there and it is not necessary to buy UMF Manuka or Active Manuka but make sure you just find a good quality raw honey in order to get these kind of benefits. So look out for the following;
- Unpasteurized honey
- ULTRA filtration where the honey is depleted of nutrients, pollen etc.
- Blended honey (not 100% raw honey- this is very common)
- Make sure bees aren’t given antibiotics.
- Make sure bees main food source is honey not sugar, some farmers give the bees sugar.
- Look at the way they collect the honey, i.e use of smokers or not?
Linked below are good brand of honey, plant based protein powders as well as a great book about the in-depth benefits of Honey;
Raw Bee Pollen
And of course Stay Yummy!