‘‘I ENJOY USING IT AS A NATURAL SUPER FUEL FOR A LONG WORKOUT, WITH ITS CARBOHYDRATES AND OTHER MINERALS.’’ -KERRY How to feed thebees Complete the honey circle by supporting the bees. The Honeybee Conservancy recommends planting nectar-rich plants such as borage, calendulas, cosmos, foxglove, zinnias, and asters. And set out a shallow tray of water so the bees can drink. Less sugar, more honey In recipes, try swapping 1 cup of sugar with ¾ cup of honey and reduce the liquid by ¼ cup. It’s an easy and natural way to sweeten your food while bumping up the nutritional value. Local bees Each Fresh Thyme store offers raw local honey in bulk at a honey tap. The naturally processed raw honey contains pollen and other healthful elements that heat-processing would destroy. So just fill up and pour it on for the sweet benefits. Store in a cool, dark cupboard. ‘‘I USE IT A LOT WHEN I BAKE AS A NATURAL SWEETENER. I ALSO LIKE IT OVER PLAIN NONFAT GREEK YOGURT WITH BERRIESAND GRANOLA.’’ -MEGHAN THE BUZZ ON HONEY An inside look at a Fresh Thyme topic from Registered Dietitians Meghan Daw, LD, RDN and Kerry Clifford, MS, LD, RDN gold T his is a honey-do list that everyone will like. It will make you healthier, and it’s short and sweet: Get a little closer to the honey in your life. Honey is a superfood, an irresistibly delicious, natural sweetener that just happens to be loaded with roughly 200 beneficial substances. In fact, people have been using it for medicinal properties for 8,000 years. (Yep, it’s even been depicted in cave paintings.) Although honey isn’t calorie-free (about 64 calories in one tablespoon), it drips with many whole-body health benefits that make it a better choice than regular table sugar. It provides calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. That’s just the minerals. It’s also enriched with folate, B vitamins, and vitamin C. The strains of bacteria also help your gut and may reduce inflammation. No wonder bees are so busy. “It’s really good for you and I use it all the time at home as a natural sweetener,” says Fresh Thyme Registered Dietitian Meghan Daw. She likes it for the health benefits, sure, but also because it just tastes good. She remembers playing tea party with her mother as a child, using natural raw honey to mix in the drink. The talking in English accents was just part of the fun, but the love of honey stuck. “All of our Fresh Thyme honey is processed naturally, not through a heating process, to be sure the health benefits are still there when you buy it,” says Fresh Thyme Registered Dietitian Kerry Clifford. It’s especially good for you if you go local, selecting a pre-packed honey bear or filling up a bear with a local nectar at the Fresh Thyme honey tap. “Your honey is impacted by the types of plants that the bee feeds on in the region where you live,” says Kerry. It affects the flavor, and “pollen in the honey can also help those suffering from allergies.” Honey already flavors many things, like those honey barbecue sauces. But you can experiment with more: drinks, desserts, baked goods, marinades, salads... almost anything, including eating it plain. As a caution, don’t give it to infants under 12 months. But as a practice, make it a powerfood part of your regular diet. You'll be golden. IN BULK OR BY BEAR, FRESH THYME’S RAW NATURAL HONEY CARRIES A GOLDEN TOUCH OF MAKING YOUR DIET HEALTHIER, SWEETER AND FUN. MEET THIS GUY: THE FRESH THYME HONEY BEAR. HE’S SWEETER THAN THE AVERAGE BEAR. HOW SO? HE’S FILLED WITH LOCAL, RAW HONEY, WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOU. HE HAS MANY FLAVORFUL MOODS, AND WHEN YOU’RE BOTH RUNNING ON EMPTY, YOU CAN MAKE A HONEY RUN TOGETHER FOR A FRESH THYME REFILL. drops of 52 Fresh Thyme Crave | freshthyme.com