Summer’s Favorite Superfood: Honey

Honey, you won’t be the only one buzzin’ after reading about the benefits of this sticky syrup. Honey can be sweet to your nutritional needs and at the same time beautify your body—it really is a superfood.

Here are just three of honey’s many benefits that will keep you sticking around for more:

Nutrients. Although made up of many trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, the most common nutrients in honey are vitamin C, Iron, and calcium. Also, honey is said to be nature’s energy booster, since its carbohydrates can so readily be converted into glucose. So you can get your vitamins & minerals, with a kick.  Tip: Before your next workout, have a spoon of honey. It may get you through that extra mile (or even two!).

Skincare. All those vitamins and minerals will not only replenish your body, but also give you boost hydration allowing you to enhance your skin’s natural radiance. Packed with antioxidants also found in argan oil and green tea, honey can protect your skin from the harsh summer sun without making you lose your glow. Tip: Try mixing milk and honey for a smooth skin-soothing treat.

Health management. Anti-oxidant, -bacterial, -inflammation, and -tumor properties are just some of the preventative measures that can be taken simply by consuming honey. If you haven’t guessed, honey helps build immunity and treats wounds. Tip: Replace your morning tea with a cup of warm water, honey, and lemon for a detoxifying tonic—perfect treat for a sore throat!

This week, we have a double recipe treat for you. For heat-seekers:

Too spicy for you? Try this instead:

Apple and honey iced tea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tea bag
  • 0.5 tsp honey
  • 1 cup fresh apple juice

Directions

  • Brew bag of tea in water and strain.
  • Stir in juice and honey until mixed.
  • Serve with ice.

Munia Islam is a contributing food writer at Divanee.com.

@munsi13