If you’re eating for a fitness goal, then you’ll more than likely have a favourite recipe.
No doubt high on your list will be getting enough carbs and protein. But often, we can get stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking.
And there’s only so many times you can do pasta, rice and chicken, right?
That’s why this blog shows you how to make your workout meals more interesting by adding Manuka honey.
Real Manuka honey has anti-microbial properties that other types of honey do not display. Thanks to the inclusion of a naturally occurring compound called Methylglyoxal, or MGO for short.
But also, Manuka honey tastes amazing! You see, Manuka has a stronger, deeper, earthier taste than the standard runny honey you’re used to buying at the supermarket. It’s also a little less sweet, much thicker, and can have a slight woody bitterness.
Genuine Manuka honey can only come from New Zealand and is tested to ensure its authenticity and purity.
Here three ways to put your Manuka honey to good use for healthy eating:
1. You can use it as a marinade
A great way to give your chicken dishes a different honey flavour is to mix Manuka honey as part of a glaze or marinade. Simply add it to soy sauce, garlic, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl before mixing in your raw chicken. Keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes before baking your honey-glazed chicken in the oven.
This method also works brilliantly for veggies like carrots. Just drizzle them with a little Manuka honey, mustard, and oil, then roast for an hour on a low heat. This will give you sweet, caramelized carrots serving up your daily dose of vitamin A.
2. You can use it in your breakfasts
Smoothies are an excellent and delicious way to start your day, and if you can spare the time, a smoothie bowl is a luxury weekend breakfast that is as insta-worthy as it is tasty!
A chia seed, raspberry, blueberry and Manuka Honey blend will be packed with berries for vitamins and antioxidants and chia seeds which are a rich source of Vitamin B. A little Manuka Doctor Manuka honey provides the touch of sweetness and mixed all together provides that essential morning boost.
Or if you’re in a rush – then Manuka honey on toast is a classic that is hard to beat. Give the peanut butter a rest and try Manuka on granary bread.
3. You can bake with it
Baking doesn’t have to be all about cakes and sweets. Protein balls or flapjacks can be a healthy alternative to chocolate bars but still satisfy your sweet tooth. Adding Manuka honey to your favourite baking recipes adds a subtle sweetness and a honey flavour. It’s a different type of sweetness to using pure sugar, and certainly more healthier.
And if you can’t resist making a cake, you can spoon manuka honey into the icing for a sticky, drizzly show stopper, or it goes really well mixed in with fruit on the top.
And Experts agree...
Lucy Turner is a 22-year-old heptathlon athlete from Newcastle. She graduated from Northumbria University with a first-class degree in Applied Sport, Exercise and Nutrition, and is now a full-time athlete.
As a child, Lucy’s coaches spotted potential quickly and encouraged her to start training for the heptathlon — a combination of 7 track and field events, including 100-metres hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-metres sprint, long jump, javelin throw, and finally 800-metres.
Now working towards her next appearance for Team GB, Lucy is a fan of Manuka honey and uses Manuka Doctor. She told us:
"As a type 1 diabetic, when my blood sugar levels are trending low I use manuka honey to help control my diabetes management. For me it’s a perfect, healthier alternative to refined sugar and also has anti-bacterial properties."