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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 November 12, 2020

                                                    Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                                    Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                                    If you find that you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s important to understand that it’s a common problem for many. With all of the demands of daily life, being tired seems to be the new baseline. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                                                    If you’re tired of feeling exhausted, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                                                    In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re so tired and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                                                    What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                                                    If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                                                    Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                                                    • Trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired.
                                                    • Experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.
                                                    • Dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                                                    • Finding it more difficult to exercise.
                                                    • Immune system may weaken, causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                                                    • Overeating because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids, even when you’re not hungry.
                                                    • Metabolism slows down, so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                                                    Why Are You Feeling Tired All the Time?

                                                    Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                                                    Here’s a quick overview of each common cause of fatigue and feeling tired all of the time:

                                                    1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep, restorative sleep.
                                                    2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness, which could be triggered by numerous health problems, such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea, or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                                                    3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                                                    The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance, or emotional trauma. It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                                                    Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                                                    You can learn more about some causes of fatigue in this video:

                                                    Feeling Tired Vs Being Fatigued

                                                    If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

                                                    Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

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                                                    Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep. However, fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety, or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive[5].

                                                    Symptoms of fatigue include:

                                                    • Difficulty concentrating
                                                    • Low stamina
                                                    • Difficulty sleeping
                                                    • Anxiety
                                                    • Low motivation

                                                    These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness, but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                                                    Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. However, there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                                                    How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                                                    The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation, which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                                                    Research suggests that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night[6]. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                                                    Get the right amount of sleep to stop feeling tired.

                                                      The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                                                      Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                                                      Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[7]

                                                      If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is the most likely reason you feel tired all the time. That is actually good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                                                      It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities, such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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                                                      4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                                                      Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                                                      1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                                                      2. Exercising regularly
                                                      3. Using stressbusters
                                                      4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                                                      After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                                                      I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                                                      Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                                                      • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy, including getting enough sleep.
                                                      • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, ideally for six days a week.
                                                      • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                                                      • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                                                      The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight, and to achieve overall wellness.[8]

                                                      Living Healthy

                                                      Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested, and better overall.

                                                      In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s later in life[9].

                                                      As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                                                      Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                                                      1. Unplug

                                                      Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. However, tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime. This won’t help you stop feeling tired all the time.

                                                      Try to turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                                                      2. Unwind

                                                      Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking an Epsom salt bath.

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                                                      3. Get Comfortable

                                                      Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                                                      Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep. Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                                                      Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed. If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[10]

                                                      This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                                                      Exercise

                                                      Many people know that exercise is good for them, but they just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                                                      That’s what happened in my case, but when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my sedentary lifestyle.

                                                      I decided to start swimming because it was something I had always loved to do. Find an exercise you love and stick to it to stop feeling tired all the time. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training, and flexibility training during your daily 20-minute workout.

                                                      If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try as it will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                                                      Attitude

                                                      Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                                                      When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted, but there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued: Breathing.

                                                      But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” (or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

                                                      Here’s how you do Long-Exhale Breathing:

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                                                      1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy.
                                                      2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air).
                                                      3. Hold your breath while you mentally count to 7 and enjoy the stillness.
                                                      4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it).
                                                      5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep breath.
                                                      6. Repeat 3 times, ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system.

                                                      This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                                                      When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[11]

                                                      Nutrition

                                                      Diet is vital for beating fatigue if you’re feeling tired all the time – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                                                      If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels, which may lead to daytime sleepiness.

                                                      Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming though. For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                                                      Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                                                      1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                                                      2. Add a healthy fat or protein to any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed.
                                                      3. Fill up with fiber, especially green leafy vegetables.
                                                      4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice, and corn.
                                                      5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars, and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                                                      6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives.
                                                      7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive, and nut oils.
                                                      8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts.
                                                      9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice.

                                                      Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                                                      That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                                                      Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multivitamin or specific supplement.

                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                      If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, then there is tremendous hope.

                                                      If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices. If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes discussed above.

                                                      Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

                                                      More Tips to Stop Feeling Tired All the Time

                                                      Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                                                      Reference

                                                      [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                                                      [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                                                      [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                                                      [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                      [5] Very Well Health: Differences Between Sleepiness and Fatigue
                                                      [6] Advanced Sleep Medicine Services: NEW Guidelines: How much sleep do you need?
                                                      [7] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                                                      [8] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                                                      [9] National Institute on Aging: Sleep loss encourages spread of toxic Alzheimer’s protein
                                                      [10] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                                                      [11] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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