In my constant struggle to ensure that my family eats the best possible food, I am always looking for creative ways to keep our meals enjoyable while also limiting processed ingredients and sugar. My new favorite subsitute for sweetener is honey. However, the quality of most store-bought honey is usually questionable. Sometimes, it’s not even actual honey! Whole Foods Market’s new line of organic honeys from their 365 Everyday Value line presents a sweet option that is also responsibly made and most definitely real!
About 365 Everyday Value Mountain Forest Honey
Earning organic certification is no small feat – the beehive must be certified organic for 20 miles! To maintain top flavor and a healthy hive, the beekeepers delicately move the mobile hives from field to field, following the organic flowering season. This process allows bees to collect pollen to feed their hive all year, while pollinating the fields along the way. And, our buyers have inspected the whole process first-hand – from the fields to Whole Foods Market’s store shelves –to bring shoppers the best quality product with the bees’ best interest in mind.
The NEW 365 Everyday Value Mountain Forest Honey line includes:
- 365 Everyday Value® Organic Mountain Forest Honey Light Amber US Grade A 12oz or 24oz
- 365 Everyday Value® Organic Mountain Forest Honey Amber US Grade A 12oz or 24oz
- 365 Everyday Value® Organic Mountain Forest Honey Raw Honey US Grade A 16 oz.
- 365 Everyday Value® Organic Mountain Forest Honey White Raw Honey US Grade A 16 oz.
The Sweet Way to My Heart
The possibilities for the use of honey as a substitute sweetener are endless. This past week I used it to sweeten a batch of homemade ketchup – my toddler is a full-on addict of this popular red condiment, so I was desperate to make my own version that was a little bit healthier than the store-bought version. I also used honey to replace the brown sugar that was called for in a sweet and sour meat dish that I made for dinner. My next project is to use honey to carmelize onions. I make large batches of carmelized onions and freeze them to use in a variety of dishes. It’s probably the only time I willingly use actual sugar, but now I’m going to try some of the raw Mountain Forest honey and I bet my onions will be better than ever!
Don’t let my narrow project list limit your exploration of the wonderful world of honey. It’s more than a natural sweetener. It can also be an antioxidant, sore throat soother, deep conditioner, facial mask, anti-irritant, moisturizer and it even aids in digestion. Whole Foods Market provided a few recipes and ideas that round out the many ways that high quality honey can change your kitchen (and maybe your in-home spa) forever:
- Honey Lime Salmon Kabobs: A delicious way to get your omega-3 fatty acids
- Honey Mustard Coleslaw: A spicy twistto the classic side
- Baklava with Honey Syrup: An irresistibly rich pastry
- Raw Honey Face Mask: A refreshing spin on a cleanser
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy… It’s a healthy sugar substitute, plus it makes for a very tasty facial. Go for it!
Not to Buy… I won’t lie – high quality honey is considerably more expensive than a bag of granulated cane sugar, but it will never be more valuable than your health so get yourself some and start living!
Shop! These are, of course, all available in Whole Foods Markets across the country.
Thanks to Whole Foods Market for providing samples.