This summer as temperatures soar and you head out to get a little exercise, be it biking with the kids, playing ultimate Frisbee or even beach volleyball, you may be reaching for your water bottle and scanning for quick and easy energy boosters that don’t weigh you down or cost a lot.
Ever wonder what someone like 3-time Olympic gold medal athlete like Kerri Walsh Jennings reaches for as a quick pick-me-up? Well, chances are, you have her golden, sweet secret right in your pantry. It’s pure with just one ingredient, all-natural honey! Kerri, who started working with the National Honey Board in 2014, loves the taste and convenience of honey and started incorporating it into her routine years ago as a natural boost of energy on the sand.
Get More With Your Boost
Honey’s natural makeup contains both glucose and fructose. Because a little goes a long way, you may end up using less honey which may mean fewer calories, but without losing the natural sweet flavor. In addition, with 64 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, honey provides energy the body can use quickly due to its natural sugars.
Many people may be surprised to learn that they can make their own do-it-yourself (DIY) energy drink with just two ingredients: water and honey! I usually recommend one tablespoon of honey to 8 ounces of water.
Honey + Protein = Energy Boost
For my family, friends and patients, I recommend combining honey with protein, such as drizzling a little honey into peanut butter or cottage cheese to help maintain a steady level of carbohydrates, which is readily available energy for active on-the-go muscles.
Try incorporating honey into every aspect of your workout from start to finish! Before a big workout, having honey may help the body release energy at a steady rate. During a workout, having honey may help nourish muscles and delays fatigue.
After a workout, having honey and protein together may help recuperate the muscles and decrease soreness. If you have a personal trainer, or sports nutritionist, do talk to them about the benefits of honey. You can also visit the National Honey Board website for more information.
Honey and Children
For children over the age of one, a few drops of honey in a sippy cup is also a great way to transition them from drinking fruit juices, while keeping them hydrated. You can also try out one of my Honey Lemon Coughsicles next time you are looking to quiet a cough and keep the family happily hydrated!
Remember to visit honey.com to try these and other kid-friendly recipes:
Next time you are looking for a natural energy booster whether hitting the volleyball courts on vacation with friends, preparing to crush your next workout routine or looking for ways to keep the kids happy and hydrated, turn to your pantry and reach for the honey, honey!
Disclosure: I’ve been working with the National Honey Board for several years to educate the public about the versatility of honey.