Why You Should Be Using Honey in Your Smoothies
You don't need to be a bee to have heard the buzz around honey. This well known sweetener has become a popular alternative to sugar, and is being used in a variety of different ways, such as home remedies for illnesses. Here are a few things you need to know about the sticky substance.
It lasts forever
Everything has a shelf life, right? According to the Smithsonian magazine, honey does not because of its chemical makeup and structure. The magazine pointed to an example where archeologists found pots of edible honey in an Egyptian tomb as proof.
While some raw foods, such as rice or salt can exist indefinitely, honey is the only one you might be willing to chow down on after thousands of years. Honey has antifungal, antibacterial and acidic qualities that make it difficult for the substance to spoil.
Honey can supercharge your workout
When you're 13 miles into your marathon, on the second leg of the triathlon or halfway through the big game, you might need a quick boost of energy. Many athletes are turning to honey for just this jolt. Unlike a candy bar or gel pack, honey is more natural and still carries complex carbohydrates that add sugar to your system and a quick kick of energy.
It has been used for a wide range of ailments
Throughout history, honey has been used to prevent infections on wounds and treat ulcers. The Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences outlined how honey has been used over time and where it's still found in modern medicine. People have used honey to treat burns, viral infections, heart diseases and eye complications, among many other medical conditions.
Incorporate honey into your smoothies
Whether you believe that honey has medicinal qualities or not, it's a tasty option to add to your blender for a sweeter smoothie. Try blending up one of these simple smoothies that a bee would love.
- Honey Nut Smoothie-O - Mix a small scoop of peanut butter with nonfat Greek yogurt, honey and almond milk for a nutty, rich and creamy smoothie that's sweet and filled with protein.
- Milk and Honey - Use lowfat milk, a generous helping of honey, a sliced banana and yogurt for a frothy white dairy-rich smoothie. Top with cinnamon for a bolder taste.
- Sweeter Fruit - Add a little honey to a classic mixed berry smoothie. While pouring your orange juice, banana, frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and a little bit of slice apple, just plop in a spoonful or two of scrumptious honey.