Raw honey means it isn’t heated, pasteurised or processed so its natural goodness remains intact. Raw honey is a highly concentrated source of many natural vitamins and minerals, enzymes and antioxidants, giving you a nutritious source of energy. These nutrients are destroyed during the processing that conventional supermarket brands of honey go through, which is why it’s so important to buy untreated and unprocessed honey.
Here are two ways you can add some raw honey to your diet:
Healthy Homemade Chocolate
Thank you to Wellness Mama for this simple and delicious homemade chocolate that is paleo and GAPS approved (and definitely kid approved!).
Melt cocoa butter in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small pan with an inch of water (make sure water isn’t touching the bowl) over medium heat.
When cocoa butter is completely melted, remove from heat and add cocoa powder, honey, vanilla and other flavour extracts. If using a solid raw honey like Tropical Traditions, melt with the cocoa butter.
Make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. At this point, make sure that no water or liquid gets into the chocolate as it can cause the texture to get mealy! Be careful even with wet hands or a drop of water in the mould! [Note: I’ve also just melted all of this on very low heat in a small pan and not had a problem with it, but this isn’t as reliable as the double boiler method]
Pour the chocolate into moulds or onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a glass pan to harden.
Let harden for several hours at room temperature until hardened and remove from moulds. You can also stick in the fridge to harden more quickly. Will store for over a week at room temperature or can be kept refrigerated for longer.
You can also use coconut oil in place of the cocoa butter which will produce a very healthy chocolate, but it will not be as thick or creamy (but still very good!) If you use coconut oil, I recommend hardening in the fridge and storing in the fridge.
With the winter months upon us, here is another delicious recipe for a warming Turmeric Tonic from Deliciously Ella that incorporates the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric – perfect when you’re just wanting something sweet. I’ve made this with almond milk, and added a sprinkle of cinnamon and ginger to the recipe, so, again, use what you have and play around to suit your preferences. Be sure to use a good quality raw honey to reap the benefits!
is an author, researcher, health educator and a wholefood mum on a mission. A mission to inspire and empower other mums to make more conscious choices about what they put into their bodies and that of their little ones. Her wholefoods journey started with her son where his severe digestive issues led her on a path to heal and recover his gut health. This journey has recently transpired into a blog where she shares tips and inspiration to encourage people to switch to healthier and more natural choices.
With a Master of Public Health, Sofia has worked for 12 years in public health promotion, research and community education. She is a published author of various health journal publications, and has spent over 12 years educating the community about taking responsibility for their health and wellbeing through lifestyle choices.
Her current project is her upcoming eBook Detox Your Beauty Cabinet where she shares tips on the why and how to ditch the nasties and switch to safer beauty cabinet alternatives.
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