Manuka Honey: The Super Condiment

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Having kicked of the New year mentally in the right place (you can read my challenges here), my focus quickly shifted to my diet.  The first meal to tackle was breakfast.  Now I’m not much of a cereal girl but I LOVE bread, which unless you have the best metabolism in the world is not the best food to pig out on. So this naturally led me to the basic breakfast staple that is porridge, it’s easy and simple to cook and not to mention cheap.  Porridge on its own is pretty bland, so after a bit of research and suggestions from family and friends on what to pair up with my porridge Manuka Honey came top of the list.  For someone who had heard of Manuka Honey but didn’t really know anything about it, you can imagine the look on my face when I stepped into Planet Organic and found a jar for £60! Yes shock it was. I’m probably already preaching here to the converted but in case you hadn’t heard of Manuka honey and didn’t know about all it’s amazing properties, then here is a few easy facts for you to read:

  • One of the most famous honey’s in the world, produced by bees from the wild Manuka Tree produced in New Zealand
  • High antioxidant properties
  • Anti bacterial properties
  • Immune boosting properties
  • It’s famous for being used to heal external skin wounds
  • like a sunscreen rating Manuka Honey has it’s own UMF rating, the higher the number the more active and stronger the properties in the honey are.  Some other brands that have not wanted to pay for the highest rating trademark and have therefore produced Manuka goods under a oficial lab certificate NPA rating (Non Peroxide Activity).

If you’ve looked closely you would have noticed that I’ve gone for the 15+ NPA brand of Greenbay Manuka Honey.  I picked this option for two reasons. 1) The shop assistant in Planet Organic assured me it was as good as the more expensive brand (and she wasnt trying to make me spend more money). 2) This was the first time I was using Manuka Honey and I wasnt sure if I was going to like it or if it was going to improve the taste of that bland porridge! Not wanting to break the bank I decided to go for a sensible size price bottle with a high rating.

If after reading this I’ve inspired you to jazz up your porridge with some Manuka Honey, then hear is my porridge recipe of the week:

Berry Porridge Featuring Manuka Honey

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Ingredients for one person:

Two fist fulls of Organic 100% porridge oats

Two handfulls of organic Blueberries

1 Tablespoon of Manuka Honey

1 Banana

(a sprinkle of Munchy Seeds – optional)

1) Measure out two fist fulls/ or 1/3 of a mug with Organic Porridge oats, and place in a saucepan.  Then boil the kettle and pour a small amount to cover the porridge leaving a small layer of water resting on top of the oats.  Then leave on a low heat to cook checking every few minutes and adding more water if neccessary.

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2) Then boil the kettle and pour a small amount to cover the porridge leaving a small layer of water resting on top of the oats.  Then leave on a low heat to cook.

3) After a few minutes as the porridge starts to thicken add the blueberries, stir and add more water if necessary (to allow the oats to fluff up.  Note too much water will turn the oats soggy, if this happens sprinkle some more oats until the mixture becomes thicker).

4) Once the porridge is ready.  Turn the heat off and stir in a tablespoon full of Manuka Honey. (if the berries pop during cooking that’s fine it will just give the porridge and blue/purple colour).

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5) Add a chopped banana.

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6) For that extra health kick add a sprinkling of Munchy Seeds: Omega Sprinkles.

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7) and Serve!

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To Buy view the Manuka Honey Range at Planet Organic click here

Happy Eating

Mrs J xx

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