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This Is How Honey Makes These 25 Recipes (And Your Life) Better

This Is How Honey Makes These 25 Recipes (And Your Life) Better

Honey has been around as a sweetener much longer than sugar. Isn’t it about time it took the sweetening reins back over?

When used in moderation, honey has many health benefits – especially when it’s local. Honey helps bodies adjust to local allergens, lessening allergies up to 60% according to some studies. Honey can be used as a cough suppressant, boosts energy and may even help with short term memory. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s loaded with antioxidants, amino acids and a wide array of vitamins and minerals.

With farmers market season just around the corner, there’s no reason not to start slowly implementing honey into your recipes.

1. Energy Bar Bites

Energy Bar Bites

    Sometimes your sweet tooth takes over you, leaving you consumed with the need to get your next fix (just me?). Luckily, these energy bar bites are as sweet as they are good for you.

    2. No Bake Coconut Crack Bars

    Coconut Bars

      These no bake desserts have a very fitting name. Just try to have just one.
      Luckily, they won’t leave you feeling guilty after you’ve eaten the full pan.

      3. Honey Glazed Salmon

      Honey Glazed Salmon

        Combine the vitamins, protein, amino acids and omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon with the benefits of honey mentioned above and you’ve got yourself quite the meal. Go ahead, make this meal and then pat yourself on the back for your delicious, deceitfully healthy dinner.

        4. Honey Lime Vinaigrette

        Honey Lime Vinaigreitte

          Take your salad to the next level with this vinaigrette. In fact, take anything you would make vinaigrette with to the next level. Tangy and sweet, this vinaigrette is also full of antioxidants (limes), polyphenols (grape seed oil) and iron (cumin).

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          5. Honey Oat Bread

          Homemade Honey Oat Bread

            You’ll never knead another bread.
            A pun much more relevant after you’ve read the recipe, this no-knead bread is so soft and fluffy you may never eat another bread again. Especially when you compare this ingredient list to any store-bought bread.

            6. Honey Mint Lemonade

            Honey Mint Lemonade

              Refreshing, delicious, and healthy.

              7. Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

              Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

                If you’re not a fan of butternut squash, this recipe will ease you into the wonderful world of squash.

                8. Honey Cupcake With Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

                Honey Cupcakes

                  This honey cupcake with honey frosting will get you buzzing in the best way. Ignore the fact that it’s a cupcake frosted with a cream cheese frosting and focus on the all of the honey. Even if this isn’t the best for you, it is perfect for a summer picnic.

                  9. Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs

                  Honey Garlic Meatballs

                    The flavors combine beautifully, creating the perfect meatball. Serve it as an appetizer and impress all of your guests or serve them for dinner and watch your family devour them.

                    10. Homemade Cough Drops

                    Homemade Cough Drops

                      This recipe is simple (only four ingredients!) and, according to the author, effective.

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                      11. Honey Cornbread Muffins

                      Honey Cornbread Muffins

                        You moist try these!

                        12. Blueberry Syrup

                        Blueberry Syrup

                          Your pancakes, waffles and anything else with syrup will be next-level deliciousness with this syrup. Added bonus? Blueberries are a “superfood” – meaning they’re packed with antioxidants, fiber, potassium and more. Not that into blueberries? Just replace them with your favorite berry!

                          13. Honey Cloud Pancakes

                          Honey Cloud Pancake

                            Top these delicious pancakes with the syrup above and you’ll never float down from cloud 9.

                            14. Chemo Moonshine

                            Chemo Moonshine

                              Anyone who has experienced chemotherapy, or known someone going through it, knows it is a rough experience. According to the author, this alcohol-free mixture was the only thing that helped with her nausea.

                              15. Honey Sriracha Wings

                              Honey Sriracha Wings

                                Sweet, spicy and simple. Personally, I don’t understand the sriracha craze, but that said – you’ll want to keep this recipe.

                                16. Banana Honey Cinnamon Smoothie

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                                Banana Smoothie

                                  Every single thing in this smoothie is good for you. It’s delicious enough to make for a snack or breakfast and it’s simple enough that even us non-morning types can handle making it in the morning.

                                  17. Salt Honey Ice Cream

                                  Salt Honey Ice Cream

                                    Can you tell I have a slight love affair with dessert? This ice cream is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and may be the only thing you eat all summer….I won’t judge.

                                    18. Honey and Tangerine Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini

                                    Honey Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini

                                      This combination of flavors is simply genius and scrumptious. Tangy, fresh and smooth, it makes the perfect party appetizer.

                                      19. Turmeric Milk

                                      Turmeric Milk

                                        This comforting drink is delicious, calming and nutritious. Turmeric has been used as a healing spice throughout history, likely because it is rich in nutrients, phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti inflammatory compounds. Give this milk a try the next time you’re starting to feel ill or want to relax.

                                        20. Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds

                                        Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds

                                          These roasted almonds are the ultimate snack, you’ll just have to try and refrain from eating them all at once.

                                          21. Rhubarb and Honey Soda

                                          Rhubarb and Honey Soda

                                            A fermented soda drink full of probiotics – it’s as refreshing as it is good for you! One of the more complicated recipes on this list, this soda is worth the work!

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                                            22. Honey Avocado Dressing

                                            Honey Avocado Dressing

                                              Don’t be turned off by the thought of avocado as a dressing. Avocados are incredibly nutritious, so try to let that motivate you into trying this. It’s amazing and so good for you!

                                              23. Citrus Honey Glazed Vegetables

                                              Honey Glazed Vegetables

                                                These are so delicious, your kids will eat them up in the blink of an eye!

                                                24. Buttermints

                                                buttermint-7

                                                  Defy your sugar cravings with this simple, and surprisingly filling, buttermints.

                                                  25. Simple Detox Drink

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                                                    Maybe you buy into the drink detox craze, maybe you don’t. Regardless of the craze and your feelings, just know that every single thing in this drink is good

                                                    Of course, you don’t have to go as big as some of these recipes to implement honey into your diet. You can slowly implement honey by using it to replace granulated sugar in most recipes. Local, raw honey is always better for you, but it can be costly. The fructose in honey is still better for you than most other sugars, so buying it off the shelf is still beneficial!

                                                    Featured photo credit: Honey-Comb/Abul Hussain via flickr.com

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                                                    Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                    It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                                    If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                                    One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                                    Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                                    In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                                    Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                                    The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                                    Stress

                                                    If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                                    Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                                    We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                                    While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                                    Eating close to bedtime

                                                    Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                                    Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                                    Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                                    Medical conditions

                                                    In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                                    The vicious sleep cycle

                                                    The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                                    Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                                    You get a bad night’s sleep
                                                    –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                                    –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                                    –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                                      You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                                      How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                                      To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                                      1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                                      What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                                      Here are a few suggestions:

                                                      • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                                      • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                                      • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                                      • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                                      • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                                      2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                                      What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                                      • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                                      • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                                      • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                                      • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                                      3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                                      Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                                      Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                                      Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                                      Sleep better form now on

                                                      Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                                      I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                                      As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                                      Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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