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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

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                                                  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 August 15, 2018

                                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                    Video Summary

                                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                    • Prolapse
                                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                                    • Overweight

                                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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