Anyway, today's Fit Friday is a quickie, focusing on a food that gets passed over quite a lot, even though it's awesome.
People often go for artificial sweetener alternatives or stevia to sweeten their foods, because they automatically assume that 0 sugar and 0 calories is healthier than something that's nutritive.
There are a ton of reasons to avoid aspartame, sucralose, etc., including increased risks of cancer, obesity, etc. And even stevia might have some negative health implications, including cancer, fertility issues, and other reproductive complications.
Honey has a lot of positive health effects, including its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as its immune-boosting abilities (tea with honey when you're sick is no joke).
Further, honey may help prevent cancer and health disease, help reduce symptoms and incidence of gastrointestinal disease and ulcers, may increase athletic performance, and may even help combat hangovers and insomnia!
All the more reason to eat up - or reach for honey as a sweetener next time, instead of an artificial sweetener or stevia!
One of my favorite ways to eat honey is on peanut butter and honey (or soynut butter and honey!) sandwiches.
In case you want some other ideas of ways to enjoy honey, here are some other blogger's favorites!
Diana's Coconut Quinoa Granola
Kris's Baked Honey Oatmeal with Raspberries and Pistachios
Nigella Lawson's Honey Semifreddo
Christie's Honey Roasted Acorn Squash
Like I really need another excuse to eat winter squash? #addicted
I have the oompa loompa palms to prove my love.
Megan's Honey Oatmeal Bread
I think all of these recipes sound absolutely delicious! I can't wait for summer, when I can try them all out (and make up some more). I love getting better at things and baking is so satisfying!
What sweetener do you usually use?
What's your favorite way to eat honey?
If you'd like to guest post for me this next week, during finals, I would love to hear from you! livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com