8 Delicious and Healthy Drinks You Can Make With Honey
Do you love honey and all the nutrition and health benefits that comes with it? Here are some delicious drinks you can make with your favorite sweetener.
Honey is one of the most-loved types of sweeteners out there. It’s probably the most used and most popular alternative to sugar. That’s because it’s probably one of the healthiest natural sweeteners that you can consume. A few honey nutrition facts for you: honey can actually give you better digestion, it’s rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that are super good for your body, because of its nutritional properties, it’s been proven to prevent and even improve a lot of diseases as well as flush out all the toxins inside your body, and it can even give you more (healthy) energy throughout the day as opposed to an unhealthy sugar rush. If you’re watching your weight, you might be wondering how many calories are in a teaspoon of honey. Another fun fact for you: a teaspoon of honey has 22 calories and a teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories. Don’t panic, though! Just because honey has more calories doesn’t mean that it’s automatically fattening or worse than sugar, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Honey calories are filled with nutrition and antioxidants that will actually help you burn more calories effectively as opposed to sugar that can linger a little bit longer in your body. Honey is still the preferred healthier choice over sugar any day. So, want to incorporate more honey into your life? Here are a few drink recipes that go deliciously with honey:
Rosemary Raspberry Lemonade
1/2 cup Honey
1 quart water
1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaf
3 medium lemons
1 cup fresh raspberries
First, make a rosemary infusion by pouring 1 quart of boiling water over the herbs. Let it steep for a minute then strain the leaves out. After that, it’s time to make your lemonade. Cut up your lemons into halves and squeeze out the juices thoroughly. Once you have got both your lemon juice and rosemary infusion, pour them both in a bowl or pitcher and mix together. Add in your honey until to taste and then finish off by adding in your fresh raspberries and ice cubes.
1 handful fresh mint
4 cups water
Start by cutting up your lemons and limes into thin slices. Then combine the lemon and lime slices with the mint in 4 cups of water. Cover the bowl or pitcher with foil and let it infuse overnight. Once it’s properly infused, finish off by adding some ice cubes before serving.
1/4 cup honey
4 cups green tea
1 cup fresh lemon juice
First, get some green tea leaves and brew about 4 cups of green tea. Then, cut up your lemon in half and squeeze out the juices until you have about a cup. If you don’t have enough juice, simply cut up another lemon until you have sufficient juice. Once you have both your green tea and lemon juice, pour them both into a pitcher or bowl and add in your honey. Mix them all together and finish off by adding some ice cubes before serving.
Honey Raspberry Iced Tea
1/4 cup honey
2 cups tea
2 cups raspberry juice
First, get some tea of your choice (black, oolong, chamomile, etc.) and brew about 2 cups of it. Put your raspberries in a juice extractor until you have about 2 cups of it. Once you have your raspberry juice and tea, pour them both in a pitcher or bowl, add in your honey, and mix together thoroughly.
Fruit Blast Sage Iced Tea
1/2 cup honey
2 cups water
2 cups rhubarb
1 cup cherries
1/4 cup packed fresh sage leaf
4 small tea bags
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Chop up your rhubarb and cherries. Then, place your rhubarb and cherries inside a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, cover the pan, reduce the heat, and bring it down to a simmer. Leave it there for about 30 minutes. Once your fruit is cooked to a pulp, strain the mixture through a sieve while pressing down on the pulp to get out more flavor. Discard the pulp after that. Put the strained mixture back into the pan and bring it to a boil again. Quickly add in your tea bags, balsamic vinegar, and fresh sage. Turn off your stove, cover your pan, and allow the ingredients to steep for about 6 to 8 minutes. After it has steeped, strain the mixture again to remove the tea bags and sage. Let it cool down for a bit and then add 5 cups of cold water. Add in your honey and mix well.
1/4 cup honey
1 12-ounce can ginger ale or lemon-lime soft drink
1 cup strawberries
1 teaspoon lime juice
4-6 cups crushed ice
First, remove the hull of your strawberries and cut them up into smaller pieces, if desired. Cut a lime in half and squeeze out about a teaspoon of lime juice. Crush up some ice or simply buy some and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to mix everything. Pour in your ginger ale or lemon-lime soft drink, strawberries, lime juice, and crushed ice into a blender and whirl everything together.
Banana Raspberry Slush
1/4 cup honey
1 large ripe banana
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened raspberries
Peel your banana and cut them up into coins or smaller pieces. Then, place your bananas and raspberries in the freezer to freeze for about 4 hours or more. Once sufficiently frozen, put your raspberries and banana in the blender and pour in your low-fat milk and honey. Give it a good blend until smooth and creamy.
1 tbsp Extract of ginger
2 tbsp Honey
1 tsp Lemon juice
A pinch of salt
1 Glass chilled water
Grate your ginger until you have about a tablespoon of it. Cut up your lemon in half, squeeze out the juice and get about a teaspoon of it. Add in your ginger and lemon juice to a glass of chilled water and add in your honey and a pinch of salt. Mix all ingredients well.
If you love some sweetness in your life, don’t worry! You don’t have to give it up completely. Just switch out your plain, old, unhealthy sugar for some nutritious honey and you’ll definitely still satisfy your sweet cravings without ingesting anything too unhealthy.
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