Healthy Living with Honey

Healthy Living with Honey

Are you looking for a way to sweeten up your diet while still staying on track with your healthy eating goals? Look no further than honey! This all-natural sweetener has been used for centuries for its health benefits and delicious flavor. In this blog post, we'll dive into the numerous benefits of adding honey to your diet and provide some easy-to-make recipes to help you incorporate it into your weekly meal planning.

Honey Health Benefits

First, let's talk about the health benefits of honey. Unlike processed sugar, honey is a natural sweetener that is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and antibacterial properties. Honey is medicine. This means that adding honey to your diet can help boost your immune system, reduce inflammation in your body, and even improve your digestion. Additionally, studies have shown that consuming honey can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, making it a heart-healthy choice.

overhead view of vegetables spread out

Food is medicine

Making small changes to your lifestyle can have a big impact on your overall well-being. When we feel better, we are more likely to maintain healthy habits and make lasting changes.

One way to improve your health is to cook at home more often. Make a healthy meal for you and your family, or prepare ingredients for a quick and easy breakfast the next morning, like oatmeal recipes including overnight oats or prepped oatmeal.

Oats are a great way to start the day, especially in the winter. They are filling, satisfying, and can be enjoyed hot or cold. Plus, the natural sugars and healthy fats in oats can help refuel the body after a workout.

Oatmeal topped with honey, blueberries, and raspberries

Honey Recipes

These recipes are versatile and can be customized to your liking. Feel free to add or omit protein, such as chicken or shrimp, or alter the spices and vegetables to suit your taste. For our adventerous chefs out there, try incorporating raw honeycomb for texture, flavor and health benefits. Prepping your meals in advance, like one or two nights a week, can help you stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Another helpful tip is to make a batch of soup or stew and freeze it for later. Defrost the frozen meal in the microwave or a small crockpot, and you'll have a homemade, warm dish to enjoy at work. Your colleagues will be envious of your delicious and healthy meal.

Snacks, Sides, and Toppers

Kale Chips 

A healthy snack option to have on hand. They are packed with nutrients and will soon become your favorite. Trust me! These kale chips are a great choice if you are trying to reduce your calorie intake. They are a tasty, guilt-free snack that will help you stick to your healthy eating goals.

 

Kale chips on baking trays

Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes 

Sweet potatoes are the “white hat” carbohydrate. The good one that gives you the right kind of energy. They are also good for balancing hormones. These healthy mashed sweet potatoes are a comfort food for do-gooders! 

 

Mashed sweet potatoes in a bowl

Healthy Slaw 

Ever notice how lots of store-bought slaws have tons of sugar? Even in restaurants lately, I’ve noticed that everything from cucumber salad to coleslaw contains sugar. Here, we offer up a process-sugar-free healthy slaw. 

 

Healthy slaw on a white plate

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

These little roasted tomatoes pack a mean punch! I never would have guessed that these would change the complexion of an average salad or add a new dimension to a plate of noodles, but they do!

 

Roasted cherry tomatoes on a blue plate on top of brown rice

Delicious Salads

Roasted Squash Salad

This salad tastes so good that you won’t even realize how healthy it is for you. Acorn squash is a powerhouse with one of the highest amounts of vitamin A and polyphonic compounds. When you combine this veggie with the cinnamon and honey, you’ll be amazed that such flavor could come from squash! 

 

Roasted squash salad in a large white bowl

Spinach Fruit Salad

This amazing spinach and fruit salad is simply delicious. Salads can be made into a meal just by adding a protein of your choice. This recipe is fun to play with, and super difficult to mess up!

spinach and fruit salad on a colorful plate with a small bowl of dressing on the side

Green Papaya Salad

This recipe, also known as Som Tum) is very light and would make a perfect side to any stir fry. Adding grilled shrimp on top makes this salad a completely satisfying meal.

Papaya salad on a brown plate

Kale Salad

first had a version of this kale salad at the Ranch at Live Oak. Chef Kurt Steeber made amazing vegan food, and this is our best version of his salad. You won’t be disappointed with this recipe, and you can add or take away anything to make it your own.

 

Fresh kale in a metal strainer

Healthy Soups

Carrot Ginger Soup

Our carrot ginger soup is so delicious that it’s hard to believe how simple this healthy eat is. I find the most nourishing and delicious foods that require only a few ingredients and come together in less than an hour, including prep time!

Two bowls of carrot ginger soup next to each other

Lentil Soup

This lentil soup recipe comes from our friend Joyce C. Wallace. You’ll find it to be a hearty and satisfying meal that will brighten up any dark evening and leave you feeling satisfied. We were able to make this recipe in less than an hour, and you can make it ahead of time and freeze for even faster prep!

 

Lentil soup in a white bowl

Sweet Potato Chili

Who knew you could make sweet potatoes into a delicious stew? This recipe is smoky, sweet, and hearty enough to be piled over top of rice or mashed potatoes. Pair it with a green salad for a well-rounded, plant-based meal any night of the week.

Sweet potato chili in a white bowl next to a silver fork

Thai Shrimp Stew

This recipe is sure to warm you up on a cold winter night. Thai cuisine is among the healthiest foods you can eat. Many of the fresh herbs and spices, like turmeric, ginger, and lemongrass, possess immune-boosting and disease-fighting properties.

 

Thai shrimp stew in a white bowl

Filling Main Dishes

Honey-Glazed Salmon

Fresh from the fishmonger, this salmon recipe is delicious. If you want to grill this salmon on a cedar plank, you may need to plan ahead. We don’t always have time to do that, but if you are able to make the time, it is worth the effort!

 

Honey glazed salmon surrounded by raw ingredients

Feta Turkey Burger

Satisfy your cravings the right way. This recipe turns a greasy, classic dish into a healthy, and equally delicious dish for all burger lovers to enjoy! You can add any toppings of your choosing, plus a healthy side to go with.

 

Feta turkey burger next to sweet potato fries and blueberry ketchup

Chicken with Sautéed Mushrooms

The perfect dish for any weeknight. It’s quick and easy to make, while tasting like it took hours. Packed with protein and vitamins, this chicken is a go-to!

 

chicken and mushrooms on a white plate

Grilled Honey Chicken Kebabs

Want a hearty, light meal? This recipe is for you! These delicious kebabs remind me of summer, which is something I will take all year round.

 

Grilled chicken honey kebabs

Guilt-Free Treats

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Packed with minerals, protein, fiber, and flavor, this is a sweet you won’t regret. Add fresh fruits, such as raspberries, to make it even more delicious.

chocolate pudding topped with raspberries next to more raspberries, butter bean honey, and a bowl of chia seeds

Surprise Chocolate Pudding

Surprise your loved ones with chocolate pudding, made with avocado! We suggest not revealing the special secret until everyone is finished for the best reactions. They won’t believe it!

 

Surprise chocolate pudding topped with banana slices and surrounded by raw ingredients

Macaroons

Made with mainly egg whites and coconut, this versatile treat can be modified to your liking. Enjoy them after dinner or as an afternoon snack. You’ll feel fancy eating them no matter the time of day! 

 

Coconut macaroon on a white plate next to a cup of tea

Dairy-Free Panna Cotta

Skip the dairy with this panna cotta recipe. I had fun watching this come together as panna cotta was not something I have ever made. My friend Joyce showed me how easy it is. I have an unstoppable sweet tooth and enjoy having dessert options that are light on guilt! 

 

dairy-free panna cotta topped with strawberries

Leftovers

Honey is a natural and delicious way to sweeten up your diet while also improving your health. By incorporating it into your meals and snacks, you'll reap the benefits of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and antibacterial properties. Try out our easy-to-make recipes and experiment with adding honey to your favorite dishes. With this natural sweetener, you can indulge your sweet tooth while still staying on track with your healthy eating goals. 

Eating a healthy diet isn’t as hard as we think. It’s a commitment, and ultimately, it’s a lifestyle decision. Sometimes it means making tough choices when dining out. We will continue to strive to bring you recipes in support of your healthy diet. If you make any of our healthy eats, share a photo with the hashtag #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!