The Buzz About Honey and Wheat Berries

Honey wheat berries

How do you feel when people say, “You are what you eat”?

I never realized how true this statement is and have been feeling astonished that even the organic foods we have been purchasing are not as “healthy” as we think. Processed food is processed food. So we are back to the basics in our house; except for a few small treats that we have not figured out how to make yet. We are thrilled to say that we have taken all sugar out of the kitchen and are strictly using raw honey as a sweetener! Plus, we have been grinding our own wheat berries, learning how to make homemade honey bread, and learning more about our nutritional needs.

What we found fascinating is that the organic bread flour we have been buying is not the same as grinding your own wheat! Freshly milled flour will only last a couple of days before you have to worry about your flour going rancid; unless you put it in the fridge, or freezer then you have a better time line of use. Think about how many months flours sit on the store shelves (not a fridge) and then in your home. That got me wondering if it really has all the nutrients it is supposed to have? The answer is no. The flour in the store has the endosperm, the embryo, and the bran taken out of it; which is where all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are. They are also adding different things to make sure that the flour does not go rancid sitting on the store shelves. So what is really going into our body now?

We have also had a big eye opener with pre-made bread too. None of the store-bought breads have basic ingredients; and many of them have soy and corn syrup. We make a simple honey bread with; freshly milled organic wheat berries, water, honey, egg, butter, salt, and yeast. That’s it! Sure, it won’t last a month on the counter, but we KNOW what is going into it. Plus, our blood sugar is showing a great reduction; it does not shoot through the roof using the wheat berries and honey.

Just like wheat berries, honey has the same problem; the store bought honey can be pasteurized or even ultra- pasteurized. This means that it takes away the possibility of the honey crystallizing and all of the vitamins, minerals, and pollen out of the “honey”. It takes cooking it for long periods of time and at high temperatures to achieve this; meaning there is NO benefits to the honey you are eating. Cheaper is NOT always better!!  Make sure you are reading the back of the ingredients; you will be surprised to see some honeys have added ingredients. Another problem we are seeing is with something called prairie honey; this is where they take the flowers boil them down and add sugar. Just because it comes from the flowers does not mean it is going to have the same benefits; neither does adding cane sugar.

This is why working with a beekeeper is so crucial; you can ask questions of them and know what is going on with your honey!!    *Buyer bee-ware of the “honey brokers” because they get honey from different states and even countries and call it local honey! They are not beekeepers, but are highly educated to get you to buy their products.

Next month we will go over the nutritional benefits of honey and wheat berries!

REMEMBER; IF IT IS NOT MADE BY A BEE IT IS NOT HONEY!!!

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

Honey citrus salad

Honey citrus salad

Are you ready to hear something exciting?!?!

Recently we have been learning more about what is good to eat and what needs to be taken out. I am so excited to say we have been learning about wheat berries and all of the benefits they have. They are nutrient dense and are great for blood sugar. We are seeing our health change in great ways and I am super excited to share this new recipe with you! We are finding it is easy to add a ¼ cup of wheat berries to our meals and can be a great protein source, even for vegetarians. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup wheat berries

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup asparagus

6 ounces salmon

2 Tbsp. O’Hara’s honey dill mustard

¾ cup spring leaf mix

¼ cup yellow squash

¼ cup mushroom

½ cup cherry tomatoes

½ a carrot

Dressing

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. Orange blossom honey

1 tsp. lemon

1 tsp. lime

Directions:

-Cook 1 cup of wheat berries in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes or until soft. Drain and rinse the wheat berries and put aside.

-Warm up a sauté pan with the coconut oil; add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with 1 Tbsp. of honey mustard, place face down in the pan, and cook for 4 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with the remaining honey mustard, flip over, and cook for 4 minutes. Make sure both sides are golden brown and the salmon flakes off with a fork.

-Slice the squash, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. Shred the carrots.

-For the dressing: Take the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange blossom honey, lemon, and lime and mix together thoroughly.

-In a bowl; put the wheat berries, salmon, asparagus, spring leaf mix, squash, mushroom, tomatoes, carrots, and dressing. Toss everything together, put on a plate, and ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Try the honey chipotle mustard
  • Try the dressing with apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar
  • Add some sliced orange pepper and shredded purple cabbage to add extra color and flavor

Honey Oatmeal

Honey oatmeal

There is nothing better than starting your day with something hearty; especially, on cold days during the winter. We have been finding that the more complex a carbohydrate is the more nutritious it is for your body. It has been a little challenge for us because so much of the food in the grocery store is processed. So…we are back to the basics; we are learning that homemade is the best way. We have made a switch to steel cut oats because they have more fiber and will keep you fuller longer. This is my favorite way to make oatmeal and it is very flavorful. Plus, I don’t leave the table wanting anything else; I am full and satisfied for several hours.

Ingredients:

¾ cupSteel cut oatmeal

½ cup Walnuts

1 Tbsp. Flax seed

½ a Banana

1 Tbsp. Honey

1 tsp. of Ceylon cinnamon

1 Tbsp. of Butter- optional

Sprinkle of salt- optional

Directions:

Measure out the water, according to the servings you need, place in a pot and heat the water until it is boiling. Add the oatmeal to the water and turn down the heat as low as possible. Leave the pot uncovered and let it cook for 25 minutes; if you like it a little softer cook a little longer. Let it set for a few minutes and put in a bowl; add the walnuts and flax seed stir into the oatmeal. Cut half a banana and put the slices on top, drizzle the honey, and sprinkle the Ceylon cinnamon. If you like a little saltiness add a pat of butter or sprinkle of salt on top. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Add a Tbsp. of chocolate chips or cocoa powder
  • Try hemp seed instead of flax seed
  • Try ½ cup of blueberries and raspberries instead of banana’s