Oh, Honey

By now, it seems the benefits of honey aren’t lost on anyone. However, I must admit that I was quite impressed when I found out that honey could be a sweet and healthy way to get some quick energy to either get you through your day or your workout.

According to the National Honey Board, honey provides 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon which makes it a great choice for a quick energy fix since carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel and energy for the body. One of the main forms of carbohydrates in food are simple sugars, such as honey and fruit, which can be easily digested. Once digested, our bodies transform these simple sugars into glucose that is absorbed and transported in our blood until it is either used or stored in the muscles as glycogen. When needed, the glycogen in our muscles quickly breaks down and converts back into glucose to be used for energy during periods of intense or extended workouts.

Therefore, it wouldn’t hurt to add some sweetness to your water by mixing a tablespoon or two of honey before, during and after your training because it can help provide the energy and boost you would need to start and finish your workout. As well as aid in muscle recovery after the workout by helping restore muscle glycogen and sparing protein for muscle rebuilding.

To see how you could add some honey to your life, check out some of these simple, sweet tips:

  • Add a tablespoon of honey to eight ounces of water or your favorite brewed tea
  • Mix some peanut butter and honey, then spread on whole wheat bread
  • Or, mix some honey and cream cheese to make a sweet, energy boosting dip for fruits and vegetables

For even more healthy honey recipes, check out EatingWell.com.

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