Have you ever bought honey seeds thinking you were buying a healthy snack for the kids or yourself? You can find them on the shelves amongst the ‘healthier’ snacks, which implies you are doing the right thing, right?
50 %? Really?!
If you take the time though and you look at the ingredients, you would see they contain up to 50% of honey and sugar mixed. So half of what is in that package is sugar and honey! I can’t say I was surprised but still disappointed. Is it really necessary to add that much?
Cut it down!
As I quite often do in those cases, I made something similar myself. Only, I tried to use only as much honey as really needed to give the seeds some sweetness. I tried a few times to find the right balance between sweetness and oil needed for the seed mix. This recipe below is what I came up with, I think it is absolutely perfectly sweet enough.
Other examples of this method are my recipes of the granola bars and the oat and coconut biscuits. Shop bought granola bars and flap jacks often are loaded with sugar, so sweet that you really don’t taste anything but sugar. These recipes cut the sweetness down entirely, but not the flavour!
It is easy, if you do it gradually
Finding the right degree of sweetness is of course personal and it can be different for you. On the other hand, sugar is very addictive. It is all about what you are used to, it is not something you are born with.
Our tastebuds get used to sugar and salt so easily that they seem to demand at least as much as they got the last time.
The good news is, you can tweak them and learn to enjoy less sweet and salty foods. If you cut down on the amount of salt and sugar slowly, your tastebuds don’t demand it so much.
You get used to it and you will find food can be a lot more interesting as it is not just the sugar or the salt that give the taste. You would discover an immense variety of tastes that otherwise is overpowered by the salt and the sugar.
That is why I feel it is so important to feed our kids the healthier options with only as much salt and sugar that are really necessary. If they are used to a diet with low sugar and salt content, their tastebuds learn to appreciate that as enough. They would be in a stronger position to fight the sugar addiction when it comes.
The problem of course is that shop bought food is often loaded with sugar and salt and that is what is making us all addicted to it. Just like these cheeky innocent little honey seeds, loaded with 50% of sugar! Keep an eye on the list of ingredients, so they don’t trick you as often and make your own whenever you can.
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- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp golden flax seeds
- 1/4 tsp oil (e.g. rapeseed oil or cobnut oil)
- 1 tbsp honey
- Warm up the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
- Mix the seeds together.
- Warm up the honey and the oil briefly in the microwave (max 30 seconds) to make it very runny.
- Mix the honey mixture with the seeds.
- Spread the the seeds out on a baking tray.
- Roast the seeds for 10 minutes and stir.
- Roast for another 5 minutes before taking out of the oven.
- Leave to cool down on the baking tray until cold and less sticky.
from More Than Just Carrots