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This is my favorite time of year. I trade in my lab coat for a holiday apron and start cooking and baking. The family must sense that the honey, flour, eggs, and butter are coming out of the pantry, because that’s when the requests start coming in.
“Mom, would you make Struffoli?” This classic Italian holiday dessert, which is also known as “Honey balls” is a favorite in our house and a must have for my husband and son. Now, the whole neighborhood looks forward to their delivery of festive cupcake liners filled with honey glazed Struffoli. The honey adds a rich, golden color to foods as a glaze making it essential for this family recipe.
Plus, this is a fun recipe to make with the kids. They can do every step, from measuring ingredients to rolling out the dough, and the best part: drizzling honey on everything, including their sticky fingers for a sweet reward at the end. It’s also quick and easy and can be done in stages!
I’ve included Nana Fontana’s Struffoli recipe below, but you can also find it here on the National Honey Board’s website.
This cough, cold and flu season if you’re looking for a new twist on a cough syrup, consider trying Nurse Barb’s Tahitian Honey Cough Syrup.
If you have a cough, consider taking a tasty trip to Tahiti with ingredients in your refrigerator. For centuries, people have used honey as a natural cough suppressant and this treat might be just what your throat is craving for your cough.
Tahitian cough syrup? Really!
I was inspired to create this honey cough syrup recipe by a Tahitian Limeade I had in Hawaii this summer. I’ve also created a few variations for kids to help them stay hydrated while helping to suppress their pesky coughs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents of children over the age of one try honey as a cough suppressant.
Research shows what Moms know
Research from Penn State College of Medicine in 2007 showed that honey was an effective and natural alternative to over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine. The study found that a small dose of honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications.
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.
As I start to haul down the Thanksgiving decorations that remind me of visiting Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims and the very first Thanksgiving, I’m also thinking about families with children who might also be celebrating their very first Thanksgiving. I love having big groups to our house, especially when our friends bring their kids. Thanksgiving is so much more fun with little ones. Besides stuffing, my favorite part is not watching football, it’s the group walk after and getting on the floor and playing with the kids!
I’m going to be busy! That’s an understatement, so I’ve found some super simple and very fast recipes that will be prepped in minutes not hours. I want to concentrate on flavors, family and fun, not kitchen time. As a spokesperson for the National Honey Board, I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and have learned a lot about how to use honey as a natural sweetener for cooking and baking, because it contains just one ingredient – honey!
Honey locks in moisture and adds a boost of natural sweetness (more…)
My go-to, not-so-secret ingredient is as close as my pantry. I always turn to honey as a natural ingredient to jazz up typical meals and snacks to make this back-to-school season exciting for the whole family.
With more than 300 different types or varietals of honey in the U.S., honey adds its own unique flavor to your recipes. I love that it’s such a versatile ingredient that helps make foods more appetizing.
Plus, did you know that once your little one has turned one year of age, they may be able to enjoy honey with the rest of the family! The digestive system of a one year old child is usually considered by pediatricians to be “grown-up” enough to digest honey.
Tips for Toddlers
Also, moms are often asking me for ideas and tips to get their toddlers to eat more vegetables. Back-to-school season is the perfect time to shake up your recipe arsenal and experiment with new snacks and meals that the whole family will love. I make a yummy sweet potato and honey puree that is a terrific do-it-yourself (DIY) toddler favorite.
Here’s my recipe:
Nurse Barb’s Sweet Potato and Honey Puree
Preheat your oven to 400 o F.
Wash and scrub the outside of sweet potato or yam.Using a fork, pierce the outside of the sweet potato or yam. (This allows steam to vent and prevent little eruptions.)
Honey is a natural solution for Winter’s Challenges
It has been an unrelenting winter so far, and even if you’re not in the path of the polar vortex of snow, ice and freezing temperatures, you’re probably dealing with a few challenges that are common in the winter season. For my patients, family, friends and neighbors, honey is one of my favorite natural defense secrets, especially when it comes to those nagging coughs that are more common during cold and flu season.
What about coughs?
For years, I’ve been using honey and recommending it to my family and patients to help suppress coughs naturally. Research from Penn State College of Medicine shows that honey is an effective cough suppressant and is just as effective as over-the-counter cough remedies. In fact, the research also shows that honey helps children with a cough, sleep through the night. I always keep my pantry stocked with plenty of honey. My son knows to reach for honey when he has a cough. Over the years I have found that because honey eased his cough, he could get back to sleep and so could I!
Honey Cough Syrup
When I was a kid and had a cough, my mom used to mix up some honey and lemon with hot water to help soothe the irritation caused by coughing. With just four natural ingredients, my Honey Cough Syrup is a favorite with friends, family, neighbors and patients. You can look up my Honey Cough Syrup at www.honey.com. For children who dislike taking medication, why not try my Frozen Honey Coughsicle recipe?
What About Skin Care In Winter?
With biting cold wind and dry heat at home, the winter can leave your skin dry and cracked. Amazingly enough, the same natural ingredient that I recommend to help suppress coughs also doubles as my favorite moisturizer: honey. For years, I noticed that honey was an ingredient in some of my favorite lip balms and moisturizers, and for good reason. History tells us that honey is a natural moisturizer that’s been used for centuries to help keep skin smooth, soft and glowing. (more…)
When children get sick and are coughing, parents are often at their wits end especially at night. It’s beyond difficult when everyone in the house is up because of a persistent cough. Parents are understandably reluctant to give medications that may not work well and have side effects.