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ISLANDDENISE Posts: 11
6/21/09 10:12 P

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It's funny that honey is the Superfood of the week because I just bought some raw honey at the store tonight! Although it is not specifically listed in the SuperFoods Rx Diet (which I am starting SlimDown on Monday), I am having trouble drinking my green tea, pumpkin and oatmeal straight. I am used to using Splenda, but I've used it all up and haven't replaced it due to the potential side effects. The book said that if you need to ween yourself off from sweeteners, use sugar or honey. I saw raw honey at the store today and it looked interested, so I bought some (even though it was $4.99 for just a small bottle--but it's organic so that is probably why). Now that I see the health benefits, I'm happy that I did!

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6/18/09 3:55 P

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I love honey. It has so many healing properties too. Not just for a sweetener. Have any of you tried stevia? It is a natural sweetener. It's an herb that you dry the leaves and then uae it in powder form. I really like it. It doesn't have any kind of an aftertaste to me. A quarter teaspoon is equal to 2 teaspoons of sugar in sweetness. Also if you use too much it will make your food have an "off" taste. At my healthfood store you can buy it in bulk. It's $16.79 a pound, but I only buy a quarter pound, for about $4 and it lasts me all month. You can add it to hot or cold foods, also. You can get it at regular grocery stores now too. I buy the one that is brand named stevia. Coca cola has come up with one called truvia, but it has a few other ingredients added to it. I prefer the all natural one just to know what I'm putting into my body.

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5/12/09 7:03 A

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My sons love honey, but in my eyes it simple carbs and I have a thing about eating something a bee throws up lol..
Worms do a good and huge job with our soil but we don't eat that lol...

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4/23/09 9:35 A

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I've heard of agave nectar, but I haven't tried it. I'll try to find some.

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4/22/09 10:37 P

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These recipes look good! I also like to use Agave Nectar. I'm not sure it's a superfood, but on the positive side, it's considered a whole food, not processed so it works well as a sweetener, and also is not as thick as honey so works well in dressings, etc. I also use it in coffee, tea, oatmeal, fruit salad, .....

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4/22/09 9:07 A

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Chewy Honey Nut Cookies
Makes 4 dozen

* 2 cups unbleached flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 cup butter or margarine
* 1 cup honey
* 1/2 cup sour cream
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 2 cups seedless raisins
* 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
* 1 cup nuts, chopped

In small bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream margarine; beat in honey in fine stream until well blended. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Blend in flour mixture and remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate dough about 30 minutes.

Drop by rounded Tablespoonful onto well greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325F above center of oven 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute, then remove to wire racks to cool.

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4/22/09 8:36 A

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Honey Poppy Seed Dressing
Preparation Time: Less than 15 minutes

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste



Combine all ingredients; blend well. Makes 1 1/3 cups.
Serve with green salads and fruit salads.


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4/22/09 8:33 A

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Honey Lemon Basil Sauce
Preparation Time: Less than 15 minutes

2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried basil


Cook onion in butter until onion is translucent. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Serve over carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, or squash. Makes about 1/2 cup.



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4/22/09 8:27 A

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Honey's Health Benefits

In addition to its reputation as Nature's nutritive sweetener, research also indicates that honey's unique composition makes it useful as an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant.

See: whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodsp
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for the details of the benefits. Especially raw honey.

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