Want to make your cooking delicious? Try mānuka honey – it adds that certain something to your dishes, and it’s also thought to be very good for you. Not many ingredients can claim that! Here are some ways mānuka honey is healthy:
- It’s thought to be good for your digestion. If you suffer from acid reflux or indigestion, stomach ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome, a spoonful of mānuka honey in your tea or hot water could change your life. You can face the world feeling a whole lot happier with a dose of mānuka honey inside you.
- It could promote immunity. If you’re prone to infections or colds, a spoonful of mānuka honey may ward them off. Eat it straight off a spoon, spread it on toast or stir it into a hot drink. Even when you feel a headache looming or a sore throat coming on, it’s not too late for a medicinal spoonful of mānuka honey.
- It gives you energy! Mānuka honey contains fructose and glucose – your body’s primary source of energy. Have it on wholegrain toast or muesli and you will get a longer-lasting boost to start your busy day.
Add mānuka honey to your diet
For breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, there are plenty of ways to include mānuka honey in your diet. Here are some ideas to start you off:
Mix yoghurt, fruit juice, your favourite fruit, a spoonful of lime juice and a heaping teaspoon of mānuka honey – breakfast sorted!
Fruity chicken salad
Mix chicken, dried apricots, diced apple, chopped celery, minced green onion and slivered almonds together. Douse with a dressing of Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, lemon zest, lemon juice, your favourite salad oil and two teaspoons of mānuka honey. Delicious!
Jamaican Steak Marinade
Mix lime zest, lime juice, salad oil, mustard, minced garlic, black pepper and salt, and of course, mānuka honey. Drench your scored steak with the honey marinade and leave it in the fridge for up to eight hours, turning it a few times. Grill and enjoy.
Include mānuka honey in your dessert recipes and you’ll have an excellent reason to ignore the calories. Use it in place of sugar in your usual puddings and snacks – here’s why:
It’s better for you than refined, white sugar. Although sugar has fewer calories than honey, sugar contains sucrose, which is harder to convert to energy, more easily converted straight to fat.
Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you tend to eat less of it. It has more vitamins and minerals than sugar, which has been refined to remove all of those ‘impurities’. And mānuka honey is even better – compared to raw clover honey, mānuka honey has been found to have four times the nutritional value.
Get UMF mānuka honey that’s the real deal
So now you’re convinced that you should be cooking with mānuka honey, you will want to rush out and buy some so you can get started. But wait – there are a couple of things you should know first.
- Not everything labelled ‘mānuka’ is the real deal. If it’s as cheap as clover honey (even though it says ‘Mānuka Blend’), then it’s likely to be a blend of other honest, with not much active mānuka at all.
- The good stuff has a UMF rating to prove it. Look for the Unique Mānuka Factor logo on the label, and check out the UMF rating: the higher the number, the more ‘medicinal’ that honey will be. You can rely on that rating because the mānuka honey has been tested and rated by an independent laboratory.
Got your mānuka honey? Get cooking!
Do yourself and your family a favour, and start including mānuka honey in your daily diet. It’s more expensive that ordinary honey, but it’s worth it for the health and energy benefits it offers.
Happy and healthful eating, with mānuka honey!