I did some background reading and learned that raw honey is an alkaline-forming food, which contains ingredients similar to those in fruits. It does not ferment in the stomach and can be used to counteract acid indigestion. Raw honey has a high nutritional value and contains amylase, which is an enzyme concentrated in flower pollen that helps predigest starchy foods such as bread. I know a woman who takes a tsp of raw honey each and every morning! Hmm..maybe she's onto something.
If you can't read the back of the jar, in a nutshell it says, "to retain the health benefits and flavour, no heat has been applied at any stage of production...this honey crystallizes readily. Organic honey is produced in unpolluted rural areas, away from orchards, flowing agricultural crops and other potential contaminates".
Have you had raw honey before?
Healthy Honey Almond Oats with flax, buckwheat & bee pollen
- 1/4 cup oats
- 2 tbsp raw buckwheat groats (adds a lovely chewy texture)
- 1/4 banana, cut into halves (omit if you're watching your sugar intake)
- 1 heaping tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp raw or unsalted almond butter
- 1 heaping tsp ground flax
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 tsp chocolate Amazing Grass or cacao powder
- 1/2 cup water or unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used 1/4 water and two splashes of rice milk)
- 4 raw almonds, chopped (for topping)
- 1 tsp bee pollen (for topping) - I used Loving Earth Jarrah bee pollen from Western Australia)
If you're wondering what the heck bee pollen is for..don't worry, I thought the same thing upon moving down under. According to Melbourne based company Loving Earth, "Bee pollen is a highly absorbable protein that is rich in vitamins, amino acids, proteins, lipids carbohydrates, minerals, enzymes and other micronutrients.". Many other wbesites have the same verdict. My friend, who is a professional trainer and nutritional coach, adds bee pollen to his smoothies every day. He raves about the nutritional benefits and says its a safter and more sustainable "superfood" compared to cacao powder. Neato!
The Loving Earth team was kind enough to send me a bag to try out for myself! You can read about what they sent me here.
So, aside from licking my honey spoon clean, what else am I up to on this incredibly special no-work Wednesday? Well, first things first, I'm just about to workout to Jillian Michael's 45min "No more trouble zones" workout DVD. haha it sounds a bit silly, but it's such a great workout. My muscles burn.
However, more importantly, I'm heading to the spa at 12:45! I'm treating myself to a manicure/pedicure and mini facial at a natural day spa called Endota Day Spa! I've been there before and the space is beautiful, incredibly relaxing. I'm looking forward to putting on a robe and chilling right out...gotta get polished up for the beach! I leave for Thailand tomorrow :O weee. After class I'm heading to Veggie Bar with a couple friends from Uni. Yum. Oh yes, I should probably finish packing at some point too..I'll get there ;)
Okay, as Jilly Michael's would say "that's enough talk, it's time to get to work". Gulp..don't hurt me Jillian.
Happy Hump Day (and Happy Tuesday to my North American readers)
PS Yes, I realize my socks are inside-out.