Sweet, fragrant and floral, honey is a mainstay pantry sweetener that is a healthy choice when used in moderation. Dietitian Abbey Sharp shares recipes that show honey is not just for smearing on toast.
Lentil Salad with Sweet Potato, Granola, and Honey Vinaigrette
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Who said you can't put cereal in salad? Packed with protein, fiber-rich carbs, and a honey-scented vinaigrette, this Lentil Salad with Sweet Potato, Granola, and Honey Vinaigrette is one dish you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Photo: Abbey's Kitchen
Rhubarb Honey Soda
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This refreshing fermented Rhubarb Honey Soda is lightly sweetened with honey and packed with natural probiotics for good gut health. So good, you'll have no more excuses not to finally give up your diet soda habit.
Photo: And Here We Are
Honey Pumpkin Cherry Bars
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Made from whole grains, cherries, pumpkin, and a touch of sweet honey, these Pumpkin Cherry Bar beauties make a perfect breakfast or pre-workout snack.
Photo: The Every Kitchen
Honey Orange Glazed Figs
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These Honey-Orange Glazed Figs make for an easy yet elegant breakfast, snack, or dessert. Pair them with Greek yogurt or cottage cheese to create a well-rounded, protein-rich meal.
Photo: Nutrition Starring You
Veggie Power Bowl with Cashew Honey Mustard Dressing
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This Veggie Power Bowl with Cashew Honey Mustard Dressing is just what you need after a workout. It's power-packed with quinoa, sweet potatoes, dried tart cherries, spring greens, roasted tofu, and sunflower seeds that will keep you fueled and speed recovery. (If you're like us, and love everything in a bowl, try these 10 Brilliantly Healthy Buddha Bowl Recipes.)
Photo: Love and Zest
Honey Mustard Carrots
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This recipe for Honey Mustard Carrots is as simple as they come. Just toss baby carrots with a little honey, spicy mustard, and oil, then roast for an hour. The result? Sweet caramelized carrots serving up your daily dose of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy eyesight.
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Honey Vanilla Almond Bread with Dates and Goat Cheese
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Sweet honey and aromatic vanilla lend their flavors to this incredible Honey Vanilla Almond Bread with Dates and Goat Cheese. Savory goat cheese adds delicious creaminess, sliced almonds add the perfect amount of crunch, and candy-like dates are spread throughout every slice. Whole-grain and sweetened with honey, this unique loaf only tastes rich and indulgent.
Photo: Healthy Helper Blog
Butternut Sage Risotto Balls with Lemon Honey Drizzle
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These Butternut Sage Risotto Balls with Lemon Honey Drizzle are a sweet and savory variation on the traditional arancini. They are packed with fiber and baked instead of fried, and have bonus flavor from a lemon honey drizzle.
Honey Lavender Lemonade
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Broccoli Slaw Salad with Flaxseed and Hemp Seeds
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This Broccoli Slaw Salad with Flaxseed and Hemp Seeds offers satiating healthy fat from avocado, almonds, flaxseed, and hemp seeds. It also provides health-promoting fiber from the broccoli and tomatoes, and a dash of sweetness from the honey in the dressing. You can enjoy it as a side dish, or top with grilled tofu or chicken breast for an entrée.
Photo: Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Honey Garlic Chicken
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This Honey Garlic Chicken recipe contains all the flavors you love about the traditional Asian dish, without the frying or the excess sugar. Opt for this meal and you'll have a healthy dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. (Looking for more quick and easy meals? Try these 10 Chicken Breast Recipes That Take Less Than 30 Minutes to Make.)
Photo: Eleat Sports Nutrition
Honeyed Blue Cheese Dip
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This Honeyed Blue Cheese Dip with Spicy Cauliflower "Wings" is the perfect recipe for game day. By adding a little honey to savory blue cheese dip, you create a sweet-salty combo that pairs perfectly with a Buffalo wing–inspired cauliflower appetizer.
Photo: Healthy Aperture