honey recipesAs we approach hay fever season it’s a good idea to try fight off the symptoms with the age old solution of honey. Particularly beneficial is a local honey so go check out your local grocery store for a honey from your nearby bee keeper.

The following recipes can be integrated into your weekly recipes but for a daily honey intake try to get into a routine of having honey, lemon and ginger water when you wake each morning.

Nutty fruit smoothie

120ml water

60g soya yoghurt

75g raspberries

1/4 medium banana

2tbsp walnuts

1tbsp blanched almonds

1tbsp honey

ice cubes

Blend all to a desired consistency

 

Green Goddess salad dressing

1 soft avocado

1 1/2 tbsp lime juice

1tbsp honey

4tbsp olive oil

1tsp tarragon

1tsp fresh chives

1/2 salt

1 cup water

Blend all together

 

Moroccan cucumber, carrot and chickpea salad

(Serves 2)

1 cucumber

2 small carrots

1 tin of chickpeas

25g dried cherries roughly chopped

1 large bunch of mint leaves picked

1 large bunch of dill leaves picked

 

Dressing

1tsp coriander seeds

1tsp honey

Juice of 1/2 lemon

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

50g blanched almonds

 

1) Scrap out and discard the middle of the cucumber, finely slice into half moons, then place in a bowl. Very thinly slice the carrots and add to the bowl with the chickpeas, cherries, mint and dill, and mix well.

2) Gently toast the coriander seeds in a dry pan, the pound with a pestle and mortar. Shake in a jar with the honey, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.

3) Toast the almonds until golden then roughly chop. Toss the dressing and salad in a serving bowl and add the nuts.