For most women (and men) food and love are inseparable. We feed and nurture those we love. When it’s time to celebrate love there’s usually food involved – from the first date restaurant trip to a wedding dinner. And when it’s time to treat ourselves, there’s nothing more satisfying than a terribly sweet, naughty dessert or a savoury, rich, well spiced dish. That’s love! One of the most versatile and healthy foods is honey. The pure, natural kind like manuka honey.
Let’s see why women and girls of color can’t get enough of honey –
Glazed Meat (Browning) – Caribbean style
Browning is the process of partially cooking the surface of meat to remove excess fat and to give the meat a brown glaze and flavor. After this process you add other ingredients and complete the cooking process. This is a well-known, universal cooking technique but particularly common in the Caribbean. Instead of using caloric sugar to brown meat why not use honey? It contains virtually no fiber, fat or protein. High-quality honey contains many antioxidants. Antioxidants have been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. Suggestion – Here is a popular recipe of Jamaican brown stew chicken . Instead of adding Browning (burnt sugar) – why not try pure honey?
Natural Type 4 Hair
Natural hair thrives on honey based concoctions. Honey is a humectant, this means it can attract and hold onto water. It is also an emollient. Emollients help to smooth and soften the hair; the hair appears shinier. Suggestion – Mix very little (about a teaspoon) with oil for a pre-poo, hot oil or deep conditioning treatment, or add it to your shampoo or conditioner.
Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog. Suggestion – You can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a gentle scrub made with two parts honey and one part Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Baking soda offers light exfoliation while the honey soothes and smooths the skin.
We all know of gran’ma’s ‘magical’ medicinal remedies. One of the most popular ones is honey for colds. Suggestion – Studies have shown that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs. Grandma does know best after all!
Mocca Mums – what other versatile foods (like honey) are your all time favorites?
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