When it comes to a sweetener, we think raw, natural honey is pretty close to being the bee's knees! Not only is it naturally sweet and delicious, but it's also anti-fungal, antibacterial and paleo.
When honey is consumed with moderation, it reaps several health benefits:
-Helps with allergies: It has anti-inflammatory effects, can soothe coughs and is known to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
-Provides quick energy: As a natural unprocessed sugar, being a combination of glucose and fructose, it can help give a quick boost to longer endurance exercises.
-Memory Booster: honey contains antioxidants that may help reduce cellular damage in the brain as we age. One study noted that consuming about 20 grams of honey per day can help provide a better short-term memory as we get older.
-Treats dandruff: Honey's antibacterial and antifungal properties can help heal seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, which are often times caused by an overgrowth of fungus.
Now for the taste, honey is sweeter than sugar and offers a whole lot more nutritional benefit! Making it a fine choice for a sugar substitute in baking, or really anywhere where you might use sugar.
And how much should you use? Well, honey can be substituted for sugar in equal amounts up to one cup. One cup honey for one cup of sugar. But since honey is sweeter than sugar, when a recipe calls for more than one cup, use just 2/3 or 3/4 cup of honey more for anything over one cup.
Check out this great cookie recipe using honey. I love to make these for special occasions or holidays, but really, Honey Coconut Macaroons are good any time!
And the summer wouldn't be complete without having your favorite refreshing and super nutrient packed Berry Chocolate Smoothie!
Here's to enjoying a sweet life that is still paleo and anti-fungal!