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Slow Cooker Honey Bananas

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Slow Cooker Honey Bananas

 

Need a healthy treat? These healthy slow cooker honey bananas should do the trick! Slow cooker recipes are a great option for dessert because they alleviate the need to spend hours baking in the oven. During the hot summer months, you can enjoy a sweet, fresh dessert without heating the entire kitchen up. And during the winter months, these gooey, sweet bananas taste cozy and delicious.

 

Dessert is always a challenge for people trying to eat healthy. Many options are loaded with saturated fat, refined sugar, and plenty of calories. Many dieters assume dessert is a no-no until they reach their goal weight, but eliminating all the foods they love only aggravates their sweet tooth more. Instead of cutting out all desserts, find healthy options that allow you to indulge without ruining your efforts. There are plenty of ways to turn everyday fruit into an indulgent treat without overdoing it with fat and calories.

 

Best of all, when you choose fruit for dessert, you boost your nutrition intake even more. There isn’t much good for you found in cookies, cakes, and candy, but when you incorporate fruit into your dessert, you get more vitamins and minerals into your diet. What could be better than enjoying a sweet treat AND improving your health?

 

Looking for other health dessert options? Try our selection of mini serving desserts or whip up one of these delicious dishes here or here.

 

 

Slow Cooker Honey Bananas

Minimum Slow Cooker Size: 2 quarts

 

Yields: 8 Servings | Serving Size: 1/2 Cup | Calories: 109 | Total Fat: 1 gm | Saturated Fats: 1 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Carbohydrates: 27 gm | Dietary fiber: 2 gm | Sugars: 18 gm | Protein: 1 gm | SmartPoints: 6 |

 

Ingredients

 

 

4 bananas

1 tablespoon coconut oil

3 tablespoon raw honey

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon crushed Cardamom Seeds

Chopped hazelnuts or almonds for sprinkling (optional)

Directions

 

Put coconut oil in slow cooker, turn on and melt if needed.

 

Peel bananas and cut diagonally in 1/2″ slices.

 

Place bananas in the slow cooker.

 

Sprinkle lemon juice and cardamom over bananas. Add honey.

 

Stir to ensure bananas well coated without breaking.

 

Cook on low for 2 hours.

 

Sprinkle with nuts if desired. enjoy!

 

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Broccoli – Peanut Butter – Honey – Garlic and a recipe too

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You might think of peanut butter as junk food…

But according to the latest research, indulging in this delicious treat may actually be extremely beneficial to your heart.

A 12-year observational study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that eating peanuts regularly can lower your risk of heart disease by as much as 21 percent.  We have put out many articles stating that peanuts and peanut butter is one of the foods that diabetics should eat daily.

That means eating 100% natural and sugar-free peanut butter may actually lower your chances of heart attack or stroke.

And peanut butter isn’t the only food that can help your heart… there’s actually a long list of foods that can improve your overall heart function, like:

Broccoli
The University of Connecticut conducted a 30-day study to see how broccoli affected the health of rats.

They split the rats into two groups and fed both of them regular rat pellets.

One of those groups was given regular water to drink; the other group was given a potent broccoli extract.

After the study was over, they ran a few tests on both groups.

One of those tests used oxygen deprivation as a way to simulate the effects of a heart attack.

The rats that had been given broccoli extract had three major advantages over the others:

  • Better blood-pumping ability
  • Less heart damage from oxygen deprivation
  • Higher levels of heart-health chemicals (even when deprived oxygen)

Garlic
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a similar study using rats… only this time, they tested the effects of garlic.

This study split the rats into three groups. One of those groups was given fresh garlic; another was fed dried and powdered garlic; and the last group was given no garlic at all.

Just like the broccoli study, these researchers found that the rats who ate garlic performed much better when put through oxygen deprivation.

But when it came to restoring blood flow to the heart, the rats who ate fresh garlic had significantly better results…

So while any form of garlic will be good for you, eating it fresh will do the most good for your heart.

Honey
Test-tube studies have shown that honey can actually slow the oxidation of LDL (low density lipoprotein) in human blood. This is probably because honey contains the same amount of antioxidants as spinach.

Oxidation of LDL cholesterol plays a huge role in atherosclerosis…so getting in extra antioxidants will help prevent the narrowing of your arteries.

If you’re looking for a delicious way to get all of these heart-healthy foods in one delicious meal, try this recipe on for size.

Weighing in at only 225 calories a serving, this recipe has over 6 grams of fiber and nearly 10 grams of protein – so it will keep you full for hours after you eat.

Healthy Stir Fried Broccoli
(serves 4)

Ingredients:

¼ C Sugar-free peanut butter
1/3 C water
2 T Honey 1 T minced Garlic
2 T low-sodium soy sauce
1 T peanut oil
1 ½ lbs broccoli florets
1 Bell pepper, sliced

 

  1. Whisk the water, honey, garlic, peanut butter, and soy sauce in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the bell pepper and broccoli. Sauté till soft.
  3. Pour the sauce over the broccoli and bell pepper mixture and serve.

In addition to being incredibly filling, this crowd-pleasing dish is deceptively delicious – so no one will be able to guess how healthy it really is.

You can easily throw this recipe together in less than 30 minutes – making it the perfect mid-week meal.

Please share with family and friends

 

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Foods, Lifestyle

Wild Roses and Rose Petal Honey

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While roses have been adored for their beauty for thousands of years, they are more than a pretty face and scent. They offer us powerful medicine for decreasing both emotional and physical pain, for healing wounds, and for decreasing systemic inflammation such as arthritis. Here are some lessons I’ve learned from wild roses. Scent is a powerful way to alter your mood. Try taking a deep breath from the heart of a rose flower. Can you feel its immediate effect of opening and cheering your heart? Herbalists commonly use roses to mend a broken heart and to support someone going through grief, sadness and depression. Herbalist David Winston recommends rose petals in combination with hawthorn leaves and mimosa bark for grief and post-traumatic stress syndrome.1

Rose can cause and cure physical pain. If you’ve ever been hip deep in a rose bramble or were a little too unaware around roses, then you became immediately aware of its defense mechanism. Rose thorns can easily snag skin and clothing, leaving a painful reminder that there is more to roses than beauty. But while roses can leave their scratches, they can also be used to heal wounds and relieve pain. All parts of the rose plant have long been used to heal both external and internal wounds. In his book, Native American Ethnobotany, Daniel Moerman has recorded numerous uses of roses by Native Americans. One common wild rose species, Rosa woodsii, was used extensively by the Paiute in topical applications for boils, sunburns, sores, cuts, swellings and wounds. The Okanogan-Colville used chewed leaves as a poultice for bee stings.2

Roses teach presence and awareness My husband and I have done a fair bit of wildcrafting, and out of all the plants we’ve harvested and tended in the wild, gathering rose petals is my favorite sensorial experience. We often set out in the morning with our mesh gathering bags in hand. We feel the warm sun on our skin and hear the call of the songbirds around us. As we approach the rose brambles, we can often hear the buzz of bees before the roses are in sight. If it’s a hot day and the wind is just right, the scent of roses rushes to greet us before we’ve even bend down to meet the flowers with our noses. As we begin to harvest, I savor the silky feel of the petals on my fingers. But, I can’t get too wrapped up in the beauty of it all. Otherwise I may brush too nonchalantly against the thorns or reach for a flower without looking…and you never know what’s hiding in the heart of a rose. Here’s what I saw while out harvesting the other day.

Tips for Harvesting Wild Roses Today I want to share some wild rose harvesting tips with you along with one of my favorite ways to enjoy wild roses: rose petal honey. When I harvest rose petals to infuse into honey, I like to gather the best petals I can find. The first thing I do is make sure I am harvesting in an area that is free from pesticides and herbicides. Next I want to make sure that I am harvesting from an area where the roses are abundant so I can be sure to leave plenty of roses for the bees and other insects. Before I harvest, I smell the roses to make sure they are fragrant. While all of our wild roses are fragrant, I’ve found they have more scent when harvested in the earlier part of the day rather than the evening. To harvest the petals, I first tap the flower gently to help any insects in the flower find their exit. I then cup my fingers behind the petals and gently tug on them. If they don’t immediately let go I move on to a different flower. Once I have enough petals for my honey, I take them home and lay them out in a tray on the porch to further help any small critters find their way out.

If you don’t have wild roses growing around you I suggest you move to an area that does. It’s worth it! Okay, kidding aside, you can use domesticated roses, however you want to make sure they haven’t been sprayed and that they have a strong scent. Heritage varieties adapted to your region require little effort to grow. If they don’t have a scent, then find different roses. Never use roses from florist shops since those roses have been sprayed with all sorts of chemicals.

Rose Petal Honey

This is a simple treat to make that tastes incredibly luxurious. We make this every spring, but never seem to make enough. We drizzle it on pancakes, French toast, ice cream, oatmeal, and, as seen in the photos, les petits palmiers (a French pastry). What you’ll need… a small jar enough rose petals to fill the jar gently honey to fill the jar (I use local honey I get from a beekeeping friend) Once your rose petals have been cleared of any insects, place them into your jar. Put in enough roses that you gently fill the jar but they aren’t completely crammed in there. (Unless they are dusty there is no need to wash the rose petals. In fact your honey will be stronger in flavor if you don’t rinse them.) Next fill the jar with honey. Because I use local honey that hasn’t been processed, my honey is often hard and crystalized. I like to gently warm the honey to make sure it has a syrup-like consistency. Being slightly warmed and more fluid helps it to better infuse the petals. (If you keep the temperature of the honey below 95 degrees F., you will still maintain the characteristics of the raw honey.) I often add the honey in two steps. First I fill the rose petal jar with honey and stir it well to release air bubbles. Then I add more honey to fill the jar again. I recommend waiting at least three days before you eat the honey. The honey will pull out the moisture from the roses, infusing it with their perfumed flavor. There is no need to strain the petals and we keep our rose petal honey on the counter. If you live in a warmer climate you may want to keep it in the fridge. This honey will keep for a long time (if it lasts that long!). Last year we didn’t make nearly enough, so we avoided taking out the petals when we used it and then kept refilling the jar with honey when it got low. This year we will definitely be making more. Remember not to give honey to kids under one year of age.

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