|Honey Orange Chicken & Savannah Bee Company!|
(this is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own)
There’s nothing I love more than connecting with a company that feels aligned with my values and mindset around food and wellness. When Savannah Bee reached out to me, and I spent some time on their website, I knew we would have an ongoing partnership.
I know that I am guilty of using honey liberally, without taking a pause to consider what went into its creation. Did you know that honeybees will visit two million flowers to make one pound of honey? Two MILLION flowers to get that 16 ounce jar of honey we so casually grab from grocery shelves.
If you love honey as much as I do, you also might be interested in supporting a company whose goal is to populate and care for the magnificent honeybees. Savannah Bee founder Ted Dennard was only 13 years old when he chose beekeeping as a ‘way of life’. Since then, Ted’s mission, and now Savannah Bee’s mission, is to ‘raise a generation that understands, loves and protects the honeybees’. They even created an initiative called The Bee Cause, with the goal of installing an observation honeybee hive in 1,000 schools. These schools then host a fundraiser to pay for the ongoing care of their adopted bee family and the installation of observation hives at other schools. Pretty amazing, I’d say.
Not only do honeybees share their sweet ambrosia with us, they play an integral role in a flourishing world-wide ecosystem. Honeybees help to pollinate almost 90% of flowering plant species! Can you imagine if the world lost 90% of its plants? Our environment cannot function sustainably without honeybees. And their populations are indeed declining at an alarming rate, due to factors such as habitat loss, pesticides, pollution, climate change and more (citation).
On top of its global importance, honey provides numerous documented health benefits, including the following (citation for the following)*:
Antimicrobial/antibacterial properties, combatting numerous harmful pathogens, including those which cause strep throat, gastritis and urinary tract infections.
Wound healing properties, aiding in the prevention of infection and accelerating tissue regeneration.
Antifungal properties, inhibiting fungal growth in conditions such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.
Anti-inflammatory properties, helping quell both internal and external inflammatory conditions.
Antioxidant properties, with its natural flavonoids and phenolic compounds working to reverse oxidative stress.
And the list goes on! Honeybees have gifted us these medicinal qualities for thousands of years, and I simply cannot fathom their extinction.
One thing we can do to help our honeybees is support companies like Savannah Bee, with their array of fabulous honeys and honey-related products. Before discovering Savannah Bee, I didn’t realize the variety and nuance in honey, and I had so much fun developing recipes with them:
The Acacia Flower Honey is light, bright and delicate, with a hint of vanilla. This would be the best substitute for white sugar in a recipe, as it won’t compete with other ingredients. I use this in my Breakfast ‘Sorbet Bowl’ recipe below, and it is the perfect accompaniment to tart raspberries.
The Wildflower Honey is polyfloral, meaning it’s composed of multiple types of nectar. As a result, it is rich and complex, representing a traditional proud ‘honey-y’ profile. I use this in my Honey Orange Chicken, where I want it to stand up next to the rest of the strong flavors.
The Black Sage Honey was a brand new honey experience for me, and I was happily struck by its unique savory undertones. This honey has quite a bit of natural umami, and I knew it would add to the ‘moreishness’ of my Honey Mustard Snack Mix (look for this recipe on Instagram soon).
The Raw Honeycomb is as divine to taste as it is beautiful to behold, offering a glimpse into the honey’s origin. While this ranges in flavor, mine was subtle and buttery. This would be my pick for the centerpiece of a cheese platter.
In addition, I COMPLETELY fell in love with Whipped Honey with Cinnamon! Y’all: this is truly one of the most drool-worthy spreads I have ever eaten in my life. It almost has the consistency of nut butter, but softer and silkier. I’ve looked for any excuse to consume this whipped honey, and I’ve found it to be equally dreamy drizzled on berries, spread on pancakes or avocado toast (trust me), over oatmeal, on a peanut butter sammy or simply by the spoonful. If you grab anything from Savannah Bee, this must be in your cart!
To save some bees and save some money, Savannah Bee has offered our community a generous limited-time discount to try many of their amazing products! Not only do they have their culinary goodies, Savannah Bee has treats for skincare and beauty (I LOVE the body butter), for your kitchen and overall lifestyle (the coffee mug is my new fave), and for your wellness routine: a ‘shot’ of the Fire Cider Tonic Immune Boost has become a daily staple for me first thing in the morning.
Use code LAURALEA15 for the next two weeks (until Tuesday, May 4th) for 15% off of EVERYTHING site-wide!
Here are some other awesome Mother's Day Promos that you can take advantage of using your code:
Until Mother’s Day or until supplies last – Whipped Honey Promo! With any purchase of whipped honey, you will receive a 3oz whipped honey jar for free! (15oz of whipped honey for the price of 12!) A $30 value for $15!
Mother’s Day Gift Sets – Mother’s Day Gift Sets are LIVE! Your community could use their code to get mom a special gift and even buy themselves a little gift with the money saved!
Now onto this recipe for Honey Orange Chicken, which uses Savannah Bee Wildflower Honey to make the most crave-able sauce, perfect when you're jonesing for takeout but still want to take health into consideration! I highly recommend serving with some buttery rice and fresh avocado. Feel free to mix and match the veggies as well!
*Disclaimer: I am not suggesting that you should use honey instead of seeing a medical professional for any health concerns you may have. I always suggest seeing a doctor first; I am simply sharing the range of ways in which honey can compliment our health routines.