Honey Please!

Happy Birthday to me! I've been making things in the kitchen lately that have only a few simple yet healthy ingredients - and sweet, sticky honey. I thought y'all might enjoy them as much as I do.

The first is a fruit dip that is so delectable it will have you hunting for more fruits to dip. I'm more a raw veggies fan than a fruit eater, but this Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip may just convert me!

4 Ingredients : 
Plain Greek yogurt (or vanilla)
Natural creamy peanut butter

Blend together with a hand mixer, then get to dippin'! It's like crack, as they say. Recipe HERE.

And the second is not so much a recipe as it is a concoction. If you've ever frequented the New Beet Cafe here in Santa Cruz, this drink is known as Sam's Firewater. I have one once a week for general healthiness as a cleanse, but it's also good to combat colds and sore throats.

In a mug, stir together these ingredients :
(Measurements are approximate, but you want it to be spicy!)

Honey  ~  1.5 tbsp
Pure lemon juice  ~  2 tbsp
Natural ground ginger  ~  1 tsp
Cayenne pepper  ~  1/2 tsp
Mug full of almost-boiling water

Health benefits? Ginger is a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant (among many other great properties). Cayenne opens and drains nasal passages, fights inflammation, and is a natural pain reliever and antioxidant. Lemon juice has gobs of vitamin C as an immunity booster. And honey boosts the immune system, boosts energy, and coats an itchy throat. Voila! 


  1. Totally going to try the dip! In a similar vein, I'm obsessed with these energy bites. If you've never tried them, you need to. Do yourself a favor and double the recipe. http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/

  2. If you want a more flavorful firewater. I suggest the following using: 1 Tbsp to 2 Tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp to 1.5 tsp cayenne, Fill your mug with Freshly squeezed lemon and ginger juice. (1 part fresh lemon juice : 1 part fresh grated ginger - then squeeze out the grated ginger with cheesecloth. Combine the ginger juice and lemon juice in a separate bottle). Fill the remaining cup of boiling water. This is great when you have a cold, sore throat or you want something hot in a cold weather.
    Don't use lemon juice coming from a bottle, it really doesn't taste the same. Best with real fruits and ingredients.


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