March, 2015

 

From the honey bee to the honey you put into you baked goods, beverages, snacks, candy and dairy products, the harvesting of honey is a multifaceted story.

This great infographic takes you through how honey is harvested and the multiple benefits this great product has as an energy booster, skin care product and cough soother.

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The Story of Honey

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Paleo and Honey: A Winning Combination Thursday, March 26th, 2015

 

Paleo and Honey: A Winning Combination

The Paleo Diet is booming and food, dairy, beverage and candy processors are developing new products to satisfy Paleo-dietary cravings, which are based on the food choices of early humans.

Paleo practitioners eat only meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, healthful oils and nuts and seeds. All processed foods, dairy products and grain products are not part of the Paleo plan. Refined sugars are out, but honey is one sweetener that makes the diet plan. Simply put, if a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither should you. Check out these Paleo-approved options below that owe their flavor in part to honey.

Julian Bakery’s Paleo Bread – Honey

Julian Bakery takes its name from the small California town it was founded in—Julian. Since its founding in 1990, Julian Bakery has grown to be the largest Paleo food manufacturer dedicated to producing low carb, gluten-free, grain-free and GMO-free options. While many traditional breads may be out if you go Paleo, this Paleo bread will make you forget any other kind exists.  Each slice is soft and sweetened with organic honey.

Republic of Tea’s Organic USDA Lemon Green Tea with Honey Full-Leaf

Founded in 1992, the Republic of Tea set out on a mission to make tea the drink of choice of people everywhere. The California-based company considers itself to be an independent republic, hence its name, and views its customers to be its citizens. This tea company offers a wide variety of tea flavors sourced from gardens around the world. Their Organic USDA Lemon Green Tea has antioxidants, nutrients and contains honey, which makes it even more delicious. Plus, you can drink it any time of the day and not suffer from caffeine overload or the dreaded afternoon caffeine crash.

Pure7 Chocolate Bar

Pure7, founded in 2012 in a Carlisle, Mass. farmhouse, is committed to creating artisan chocolate using only all-natural ingredients. This women-owned company produces chocolate bars made with organic, pure ingredients including honey. From Pure Dark Chocolate to Orange Goldenberry, there is likely to be a flavor that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Almond Breeze Hint of Honey

Dairy is not part of the Paleo diet but dairy substitutes, such as nut milks, are allowed. One good option is almond milk, and the Almond Breeze brand recently debuted two new almond milk flavors that are slightly sweeter—Hint of Honey and Hint of Honey Vanilla.

Nogii Paleo Bar

The Paleo Bar is part of a family of gluten-free products offered by Nogii. Elisabeth Hasselbeck founded Nogii after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009. Each bar is made with honey and a variety of fruit and nuts depending on which of the three flavors you choose. Nuts about Nuts, Nuts about Berries and Nuts about Tropical Fruit all come in at 200 calories or less, making this snack guilt-free and diet-friendly.

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Fast-food chains are not generally known for inventing the next food craze, however, Chipotle-backed Pizzeria Locale is bringing innovation to the pizza industry through its crusts.

The Colorado-based restaurants recently switched from using traditional Italian double-zero flour (the zero refer to how finely it is ground) in their crusts to an heirloom wheat variety called Edison.

Chefs and diners are becoming more interested in local, whole grains instead of bleached flour that’s the basis for most pizza dough. The varieties among heirloom wheat crusts are still being developed and a variety of ingredient complements are being tested—one ingredient being honey. In many whole grain breads and crusts, honey is used to improve mouthfeel and mask the bitter notes whole grains carry.

Wolfgang Puck has been a long-time fan of adding honey to his pizza crust recipe. The dough may become sticky but he suggests balancing the honey texture with the amount of flour added until the dough is firm and smooth. The honey adds an extra sweetness to the crust that pairs nicely with the acidity of the tomato sauce.

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