Does anyone else have an overly large sweet tooth? How about a mouth full of sweet teeth? I think mine is overly active. (Just ask my mom who found me hiding with a spoon and a bag of sugar when I was 4!) Thankfully, I’ve grown out of the phase in my life where the crunch of granulated sugar between my teeth holds any appeal, but I am still a sucker for something sweet.
Good thing for Paleo eaters, being a modern day cavewoman doesn’t mean I have to abstain from confectionary goodies. It’s hard to give up processed treats and sugar at first, but the longer you go without, the less your body craves those items. Not that you’ll never crave it, but it will be less often! Things like dates, ripe fruit, and pure, freshly-squeezed juice start to take over that area. And one of the bonuses to Paleo sweetness is that you don’t have to feel guilty for indulging!
And who could forget honey? Earth’s nectar, liquid gold, nature’s sweetener, whatever you call it, honey is a staple in a Paleo lifestyle. Honey is an excellent (not to mention delicious) replacement for unhealthy, processed sugar. But the best part isn’t the flavor, it’s the actual health benefits that come along with the taste!
Honey is not only a natural cough suppressant, but is also believed to help alleviate seasonal allergies. The small amounts of pollen found in local honey can trigger an immune response that produces antibodies. Honey also aids the body in absorbing calcium which the brain needs in order to process thoughts and make decisions. And it’s great if you need a quick boost of energy! Fructose and glucose, the natural sugars in honey, enter the bloodstream directly and help give you that extra oomph when you’re feeling a little worn out.
American honey alone comes in over 300 varietals. Don’t like what you have in your pantry? No problem! Depending on what type of honey you buy, the flavors change. The darker the color, the more bold the taste. Depending on the source of the nectar, honey can taste earthy, floral, fruity, nutty, smoky, or spicy. It can smell as fresh as grass or like a pungent aged cheese.
Honey can be enjoyed on its own, drizzled atop fruit, and as a regular ingredient in cooking or baking. Such as these Paleo Honey Orange cupcakes that I may have indulged in once or twice…
(Recipe coming soon…)