Beat the Sweet (Cravings) with Nutrient-Dense Honey Butters
Natasha Campbell-McBride, the creator of the GAPS diet and the author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, recommends honey butter (softened butter mashed or whipped with raw honey) to quell sweet cravings when people are transitioning to a healing diet.
The combination of a traditional nourishing fat with the sweetness of honey makes it an ideal replacement for sugary treats. Fat slows down the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream, providing true long-lasting energy and stabilizing glucose levels. Quality honey--raw and unfiltered--gives us the sweetness we crave, accompanied by active enzymes, minerals, and abundant micronutrients. Dr. Campbell-McBride recommends a spoonful of this healthful mixture whenever we feel a sweet craving coming on, even as frequently as every half-hour or so if the cravings are insistent.
Last summer, Three Stone Hearth began regularly offering honey butters flavored with fresh seasonal fruit. This past week, we offered a simple combination of honey and whipped butter. We’ve also created varieties featuring simmered seasonal fruit: plums, blueberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, apples and even elderberries! You’ll see themon our menu as the seasons progress. Right now, along with the last of plain Whipped Honey Butter we’re made last week, we have Plum and Strawberry for sale as frozen products.
You can use our honey butters as a more nourishing replacement for jam or jelly. Spread them on toast or stir them into yogurt, oatmeal, or other porridge. Or just keep a jar in a fridge near where you work. They are so much more satisfying than a piece of candy or a donut!