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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!

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                                                    Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                                                    12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                                    12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                                    Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                                    But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                                    I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                                    Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                                    1. Nuts

                                                    The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                                    Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                                    Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                                    Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                                    2. Blueberries

                                                    Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                                    When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                                    3. Tomatoes

                                                    Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                                    4. Broccoli

                                                    While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                                    Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                                    Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                                    5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                                    Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                                    The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                                    Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                                    6. Soy

                                                    Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                                    Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                                    Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                                    7. Dark Chocolate

                                                    When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                                    Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                                    8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                                    Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                                    B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                                    Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                                    Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                                    To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                                    9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                                    Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                                    Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                                    Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                                    10. Gingko Biloba

                                                    This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                                    It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                                    However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                                    11. Green and Black Tea

                                                    Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                                    Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                                    Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                                    12. Sage and Rosemary

                                                    Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                                    Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                                    When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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