The Disney classic Winnie the Pooh opens in theaters everywhere on July 15th. Sadly, I have to stay away from honey due to my food sensitivities, though I totally get the scooping-honey-into-your-mouth-with-your-paw thing that Pooh does. He’s a “silly ol’ bear” after my own heart.
With the release of such a honey-positive movie, I’ve asked Amy Leigh of the Health Benefits of Honey Blog to write a guest post about why she recommends using honey instead of sugar in healthy snacks. Check out Amy’s blog to sign up for her free download, 10 Simple Ways To Add Honey To Your Diet, too.
5 healthy snacks that use honey instead of sugar
Without food, life would be impossible. Even for people who are on a strict diet, food’s a necessary element to keep the body healthy. However, as years passed, the nutritive quality of food has decreased. The consumption of sugar is a common practice, and people use sugar to sweeten their daily cravings.
In as much as people love sugar, it’s also a known substance that can cause certain problems when too much of it is consumed. Eating too much food with high sugar content can predispose you to develop a number of diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart problems.
If you are trying to live a healthy life without depriving yourself of calories, you could substitute honey for sugar. Unbelievable? Wait until you get hold of these five healthy snacks that use honey instead of sugar:
1. Honey Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are full of oats, honey and milk, and are a great substitution for unhealthy snacks like potato chips. Since a lot of kids just munch on chips or chocolates during breaks, why not try substituting them for cookies made from more healthful oatmeal and honey? No sugar is needed, as honey is sweet enough to enhance the taste of the cookies.
2. Honey Granola Bars
Honey granola bars can also be a perfect substitute for chips and unhealthy snacks like junk food. Honey is the main ingredient, which blends well with the rest of the ingredients in granola bars: almonds, cherries, egg whites and cinnamon. This is definitely a hit among kids and adults alike. Kids, in particular, will surely love to eat honey granola bars during break time in school. You could also enjoy it at work or at home. Making granola bars yourself is easy, and eating it with your family and friends is a delicious and healthy treat.
3. Peanut Butter and Honey Rolls
These snack time treats are perfect if you have little time to prepare. You simply need wheat bread, peanut butter, nuts, fruit slices and honey. Slice the wheat bread into bite-sized pieces, spread some peanut butter and honey between two pieces of bread, and make a sandwich out of them. Roll them up, or use tiny sticks to keep the sandwiches together. Better yet, you may dip the bread into peanut butter and honey. These tasty rolls can be enjoyed during casual days and random gatherings.
4. Frozen Honey Banana Pops
The name sounds delicious, but you just wait until you get to have a taste. Frozen honey banana pops are great during hot and humid days. Ice cream has ridiculously high sugar content, but they still taste great. Frozen honey banana pops are sugar-free, but they taste even better. Simply coat a banana with honey, and then sprinkle a healthy topping of your choice such as crackers, oatmeal, nuts and dried fruits. Place it inside a clean container and store it in the freezer. It should be ready-to-eat in a few hours.
5. Honey-Glazed Banana Chips
Crispy banana chips with honey glaze sounds sumptuous. This is the perfect snack when watching a movie or game. Instead of sugar, you can use honey to glaze the banana chips. It tastes just as sweet and perfect, without the added health risks.
These snacks are actually inexpensive yet very healthy—making them the perfect treats for everyone to make. It’s also fun to try something different, so don’t be afraid to get creative on your kitchen skills. Honey’s a magical ingredient, and you’ll be amazed on how many healthy snacks you can whip up because of it.
Disclosure: This is a guest post written by Amy Leigh of the Health Benefits of Honey Blog. The opinions and advice presented in this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this blog.