Many of the best smoothies are easy recipes you can make to save both time and effort while still eating a healthy and satisfying meal.
If you are unclear about honey and why it is, in fact, very healthy in moderation here are some facts about honey that you might not know.
What is honey?
Honey is the result of bees regurgitating plant nectar. This process transforms the nectar into honey which the bees store in structures called “honeycombs” inside the hive.
Why is it sweet?
It is about as sweet to the taste as is granulated sugar. The sweet tastes come from both glucose and monosaccharides fructose.
Honey has 0 Trans fat and 0 saturated fat. It has a little bit of vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, sodium, protein, and dietary fiber. It also has a lot of carbohydrates and sugars. I cup of honey contains over a thousand calories. But who would eat a full cup of honey? This easy recipes ingredient list calls for a single tablespoon of honey which comes in under 70 calories.
Nature has taken her time in getting this just right. There is some evidence that bees have been producing this wonderful food for as much as 10 million years.
Man’s use of honey as food as been comparatively recent, within ten thousand years. And our old friends the Egyptians used it in the times of the Pharaohs as a sweetener in baking and other dishes.
Taken together, all these facts show that it is a healthy natural substance that has been used for a long time. Today there are many people who prefer it to any other sweetener, natural or man made and that is how it is used in this Honey and cold milk smoothie recipe.
In your favorite blender mix:
- 1 full tablespoon natural honey
- 2 cups cold milk (whole, low-fat, 2%)
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- Just a pinch of cinnamon
- Ice to taste