When I think of honey, my mind can’t help but conjure up cozy images of Winnie the Pooh, hot tea, and picnics from The Wind in the Willows. It’s all too sweet, I know. I also remember the gooey, sticky, delicious wonderfulness of toasted peanut butter and honey sandwiches.
My PB&H creations were one of the first treats I learned to make for myself as a child. I’d warm my belly with one after school during the autumn and winter. The sandwich would emerge from the toaster oven crispy-crusted with honey and peanut butter overflowing the sides of the bread. I’d gobble it up with a glass of milk and dip my fingers into the puddle of peanut-buttery honey that had dripped off onto my plate.
For old time’s sake, I made myself a toasted PB&H this weekend. The kid in me enjoyed the sweet and melted mess of it, while the adult in me appreciated that even just a little honey goes a long way:
via Medbroadcast: Because it is nearly as sweet as sucrose, honey can be substituted anywhere you’d usually use white table sugar. At 64 calories per tablespoon, honey may not be a dieter’s first option, but since it so sweet, you may not need to use very much. It also contains trace amounts of minerals that the body needs.
One tablespoon is really all it takes to spread across a sandwich, while a small teaspoon is more like it for mixing a bit of sweetness into my hot peppermint tea. A teaspoon of buckwheat honey was all kids needed in a 2007 research study to reduce overnight coughing and to improve sleep (compared to the over-the-counter cough medications - see more details here). And honey stirred into hot water may help to soothe sore throats in kids and grown-ups alike.
Honey is by no means a “health food”. It should be eaten in moderation. People with diabetes must be just as cautious with honey as with other sources of sugar, and children under the age of 1 should never be given honey because of risk of botulism.
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