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Playing Your Part in Keeping Your Neighborhood Safe

Playing Your Part in Keeping Your Neighborhood Safe

We all want to live somewhere that is safe and secure, yet it seems crime is on the rise leaving many of us constantly worried. Nobody wants to live in an area where you are a high risk of getting mugged, broken into or having […]

Managing IBS While Traveling

Managing IBS While Traveling

This post is sponsored by Holigos but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. I love traveling, but managing my irritable bowel syndrome while on the road can be a chore. With odd eating schedules and new foods and treats, my system can […]

Travel the World With Honey

Travel the World With Honey

As Southern California explodes into an epic Super Bloom, flower fans will also see busy little bees working overtime with the abundance of Spring pollen. This is also a time for us honey fans to rejoice, as the varieties of honey that come from the various flower pollens are exceptional and delicious!

Honey is not only a great source of antioxidants, but it has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Honey has been used for centuries to heal wounds and it’s super for soothing a sore throat.

I love to pick up jars of honey when I travel because it’s a consumable, and it makes the perfect ‘locally made’ gift. Honey often take on the flavors of the flowers or plants that the bees are visiting, so it’s not unusual to see ‘flavored’ honey options such as orange blossom, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, radish and so on. It’s a gourmet way to experience honey and it never gets boring!

Here are some of my recent favs that I discovered at Expo West and you don’t even have to get in a car or plane to experience them! Although these honey varieties are available online, the ‘travel’ journey is in the bottle.

Rango Honey

In celebration of the Spring desert bloom, my first pick is Rango Honey, from the Sonoran Desert. A family-owned company, Rango Honey harvests raw honey and bee pollen from more than 1,500 hives located throughout the Sonoran Desert, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in North America. The honey’s consistency is very thick and rich and amazing with hard cheeses. If you’re a foodie like me, you’ll appreciate the texture, flavors and beautiful butterscotch golden hues.

Rango Honey also sells beautiful bee pollen which is tasty on acai fruit bowls, cereal, and yogurt combos, or salads.

Available online here  & they even have seasonal packaging for gifts! You can find yummy Sonoran Desert Rango Honey Online Here.

New Zealand Manuka Health Honey

My next pick is quite a distance from the Sonoran desert in the U.S. Take a plane ride for about 13 hours from LAX and can sample some of the richest honey in the world. Kiwis are SERIOUS about their honey. Manuka honey, sourced from the manuka tree,  is a deep dark rich honey color with a thick consistency to match.  New Zealand honey companies rate their honey by MGO. MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special. Every jar of 100% New Zealand  Manuka Health MGO™  Honey is tested and certified for natural MGO content.

This testing number is then placed on the jars of honey so a consumer can clearly see the grade, and the higher the number, the higher the grade. Not only does Manuka honey have exceptional dietary health benefits, but it’s extremely beneficial in wound care, especially with tough to treat cases as is often seen with diabetes. Save the lengthy plane trip and find Manuka Health Honey online and in fine retailers. 

 

Queen’s Bounty Honey

My third pick is back in North America in an area that is very special to me. We go to Oregon almost every summer to hike, crab and pick ripe juicy blackberries off the trails. Oregon’s Queen Bounty’s raw honey captures that blackberry flavor beautifully in their golden glossy honey. Queen’s Bounty raw honey is sourced from over 600 hives in the Eugene, Oregon area. The hives are well dispersed all over the county, so the bees have ample area to forage for nectar and pollen. Queen’s Bounty honey is raw, so that means it’s never heated and many of the natural enzymes remain present. Two of the most common enzymes are diastase and invertase; Diastase breaks down complex starches into simpler carbohydrates while invertase breaks up sucrose sugar into glucose and fructose sugars that can be used by your body.

Most commercial honey is ultra-filtered.  This removes not only the things you genuinely don’t want in your honey such as twigs or blades of grass, but also many of the things your probably do want, such as local pollen.  Queen’s Bounty honey is never filtered.  Instead, they allow the honey to settle and let gravity and time do the work.  Wax and other particulates float to the top after which they can be scooped off while clear honey gets drained from a spigot in the bottom.

Learn more about this healthy honeybee operation here https://www.queensbounty.com/

 

Some of the links in the article may be sponsored. Thank you to the following companies for the product to review and to Manuka Health Honey in providing their product via the New Hope Blogger Network. 

Superbloom flower cred to my friend Laura K.

Zesty Jalapeno Lemon Jelly

Zesty Jalapeno Lemon Jelly

Make this Zesty Jalapeno Lemon Jelly & share this tasty GREEN St. Patrick’s Day treat with friends and family!

Blood Orange Quick Bread Loaf

Blood Orange Quick Bread Loaf

I just received some beautiful organic blood oranges in my CSA box, so I decided to make a quick bread loaf using some up. It’s essentially my lemon loaf recipe, but instead of lemon juice, blood orange juice and zest, and instead of poppy seeds, […]

ExpoWest Natural Products Show: How to Work With Bloggers & Infuencers

ExpoWest Natural Products Show: How to Work With Bloggers & Infuencers

ExpoWest is the most overwhelming natural food show on the PLANET and it’s also the most fun! As an exhibitor, it’s your opportunity to shine, interact and make deals! It’s also a time for you to get exposure about your products to the general public. If Natural Food Inclined Mom in San Diego sees your product on a blog post or social media and wants it, she’s going to look for it at her local grocery story OR ask her local grocery stores to carry it.  ExpoWest is a HUGE opportunity to meet influencers that have reach across the country, so this is your chance to create your own demand.  But how do you talk to bloggers and buyers at the same time? Here’s a quick hit list on how to maximize your marketing efforts without going bonkers at the show. (more…)

Broccoli Barley Soup with Creamy Grassfed Milk

Broccoli Barley Soup with Creamy Grassfed Milk

This post is sponsored by Horizon but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. When I make meals for my family, I try to make mindful decisions when it comes to the ingredients. I not only look at the overall nutritional value of […]

Spring Greens Potato Bake

Spring Greens Potato Bake

We’re in the thick of green season right now, and I can’t get enough chard and collard greens! You can use either for this recipe, but I’m going to advise against kale because it may be a bit too chewy. 

JORD Watches: The Perfect Travel Companion

JORD Watches: The Perfect Travel Companion

I just returned from the most amazing expedition adventure to Antarctica – the end of the world! (more…)