VIDEO: What’s So Great About Superfood Manuka Honey?

December 31, 2015
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market

Honey adds a delicate and delectable sweetness to tea and desserts—but why settle for the conventional kind when superfood manuka honey exists?

What is manuka honey? It’s a special type produced in New Zealand when bees pollinate the native manuka bush. While hydrogen peroxide is a natural component of regular honey, giving it antibiotic properties, manuka honey possesses that and then some, including a higher concentration of methylglyoxal from dihydroxyacetone found in the nectar of manuka flowers—giving it even greater antibacterial strength.

Sophie Jaffe (on Instagram at @philosophiemama) has figured out how to harness the power of manuka honey by combining it with her Philosophie superfood blends. She started developing her nutrient-dense recipes after her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The result: A nutrient- and antioxidant-rich range of superfood manuka honeys that are not only healing, but also taste like a dream to adults and kids alike.

Wanna learn some creative ways to incorporate these superfood sweeteners into your family’s diets? In this video, Jaffe teams up with fellow-mom, Zelana Montminy, to show how.

Chai Superfood Tea

Amp up chai with Cacao Bee honey, infused with cacao powder, hemp seed protein, cocoa nibs, maca root, chia seeds, reishi mushroom powder, and more—without any fillers. High in antioxidants and naturally energizing, this superfood chai also boasts potassium-rich medjool dates, immune-boosting ginger, and cinnamon (which helps regulate blood sugar)—a recipe for warmth and wellness.

Ingredients
1 cup chai tea, brewed
1 to 2 medjool dates, pitted
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1 to 2 pinches cinnamon
1 cup nut milk
1 to 2 tablespoons Philosophie Cacao Magic Superfood
1 to 2 tablespoons Cacao Bee manuka honey

Directions
Steep tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Pour into blender, add all ingredients, and blend on high until creamy.

Honey-Glazed Baked Pears

Green Bee manuka honey takes baked pears to the next level by adding natural plant-based proteins from spirulina—a 90 percent bioavailable protein derived from blue-green algae—as well as chia seeds and hemp powder, which are also high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Ingredients
2 large, ripe pears, halved and pitted
2 teaspoons Green Bee manuka honey
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup walnuts, crushed

Directions
Drizzle manuka honey on top of pears. Sprinkle on cinnamon. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Add an extra drizzle of honey on top of cooked pears and enjoy!

Mashed Yams

Green Bee manuka honey can also be a sneaky way to add greens to mashed potatoes, while making them oh-so-sweet.

Ingredients
2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes and yams, baked or boiled, and mashed
¼ cup Green Bee manuka honey
1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions
Simply mix manuka honey into a blend of mashed sweet potatoes and yams, add a pinch of cinnamon, and you’ve got the dreamiest, tastiest, most nutritious serving of mashed potatoes ever.

Video credits
Produced and Directed by: Liza Glucoft
Director of Photography: Naeem Munaf
Editor: Stephanie Provence

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