Healthy Living with Honey

Welcome to Waxing Kara’s Healthy Blogs! If you want to improve your diet and make healthy changes, you’ve come to the right place. Our blog features easy-to-make recipes that support a healthy lifestyle. It’s a new year, and many of us are making resolutions to eat better, exercise more consistently, or spend less time online. While it can be challenging to stick to these resolutions, there are strategies you can use to increase your chances of success. These include starting small, making a plan, finding a support system, and being kind to yourself when you have setbacks. We hope you find the resources and inspiration to make healthy changes in the new year.

Healthy eats raw ingredients on slate

Food is medicine.

Making small changes to your lifestyle can have a big impact on your overall well-being. When we feel better, we are more likely to maintain healthy habits and make lasting changes.

One way to improve your health is to cook at home more often. Make a healthy meal for you and your family, or prepare ingredients for a quick and easy breakfast the next morning, like oatmeal recipes including overnight oats or prepped oatmeal.

Oats are a great way to start the day, especially in the winter. They are filling, satisfying, and can be enjoyed hot or cold. Plus, the natural sugars and healthy fats in oats can help refuel the body after a workout.

Basic simple overnight oats in weck jar topped with eastern shore honey and fresh berries on marble table with raw ingredients, fresh-picked blueberries, milk pitcher with napkin and fresh cut hydrangeas

Healthy Blogs

These recipes are versatile and can be customized to your liking. Feel free to add or omit protein, such as chicken or shrimp, or alter the spices and vegetables to suit your taste.

Prepping your meals in advance, like one or two nights a week, can help you stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Another helpful tip is to make a batch of soup or stew and freeze it for later. Defrost the frozen meal in the microwave or a small crockpot, and you’ll have a homemade, warm dish to enjoy at work. Your colleagues will be envious of your delicious and healthy meal.

Healthy Eating Blogs for Winter Evenings

These Kale Chips are a healthy snack option to have on hand. They are packed with nutrients and will soon become a favorite. Trust me! These kale chips are a great choice if you’re trying to reduce your calorie intake. They are a tasty, guilt-free snack that will help you stick to your healthy eating goals.

kale chips on silver tray with sauce

Soups, Stews, and Chili are filling and delicious.

Our Sweet+Spicy Honey Chili is filled with an assortment of our favorite vegetables and beans and is flavored with beer and honey. Simply add your desired toppings and serve with a loaf of crusty bread for a delicious and well-balanced vegan meal.

Our Carrot Ginger Soup is so delicious it’s hard to believe how simple these healthy eats are. I find the most nourishing and delicious foods that require only a few ingredients and come together in less than an hour, including prep time.

Prefect any time of the year! This easy homemade Carrot Ginger Soup so delicious it’s hard to believe how simple it is to make.

This Lentil Soup recipe comes from our friend Joyce C. Wallace. You’ll find it to be a hearty and satisfying meal that will brighten any dark evening and leave you feeling satisfied. We were able to make this recipe in less than an hour, and you can make it ahead of time and freeze for even faster prep!

This lentil soup recipe is a nutritional powerhouse. It combines the nutrients, protein, good carbs & fiber in lentils with the antioxidant power of veggies.

Who knew you could make sweet potatoes into a delicious stew? This Sweet Potato Chili is smoky, sweet, and hearty enough to be piled over top of rice or mashed potatoes. Pair it with a green salad for a well rounded, plant-based meal any night of the week.

Sweet Potato Chili served over rice

Healthy Sides, Slaws and Salads.

Sweet potatoes are the “white hat” carbohydrate. The good one that gives you the right kind of energy. It’s also good for balancing hormones. These healthy mashed sweet potatoes are comfort food for do-gooders.

healthy mashed sweet potatoes with pine nuts and craisins and herb garnish on wood table

Ever notice how lots of store-bought slaws have tons of sugar? Even in restaurants lately, I notice that everything from cucumber salad to coleslaw contains sugar. Well, here we offer up a process-sugar-free healthy slaw.

Healthy slaw in white bowl on metal table

This Honey-Glazed Acorn Squash tastes so good that you may not realize how good it is for you. Acorn Squash is a powerhouse with one of the highest amounts of Vitamin A and polyphonic compounds. When you combine this veggie with the flavors of cinnamon and honey, you’ll be amazed that such flavor could come from a squash! One of our favorite healthy eats.

Our Healthy Blogs feature many of the ingredients grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Fall Recipes of roasted squash salad with greens and honey glazed acorn squash

I first had a version of this kale salad at the Ranch at Live Oak. Chef Kurt Steeber made amazing vegan food, and this is our best version of his salad. You won’t be disappointed with this recipe and you can add or take away anything to make it your own.

This kale salad eats like a meal. You will be surprised at how satisfying this simple salad is.

Try these easy pickled onions on top of the kale salad, or on any salad for that matter. You can make a batch of these and store them in a glass jar in the fridge for weeks. They add depth to any meal, and just taste special!

Red Pickled Onions in a Bale Jar made with honey for easy pickled onion recipe

Thai Green Papaya Salad (also known as Som Tum) is very light and would make a perfect side to any stir fry.  Adding grilled shrimp makes this salad a completely satisfying meal.

thai green papaya salad with green beans, tomatoes, peanuts, with a tangy pungent chili lime dressing in white bowl on placemat

This amazing spinach and fruit salad is simply delicious. Salads can be made into a meal just by selecting all the right ingredients and pick a protein of your choice. One and done. we all like that!

spinach and fruit salad on a blue and white plate with a side of dressing and mixed berries

These little Roasted Cherry Tomatoes pack a mean punch. I never would have guessed that these would change the complexion of an average salad, or add a new dimension to a plate of noodles, but they do!

If you are looking for inspiration, try this Fish Dish. Serve it with some deep dark leafy greens like sautéed rainbow swiss chard or kale to make it a complete meal. It took about 20 minutes end-to-end to make this recipe and you’ll love it.

Fresh from the fish-monger, this honey-glazed salmon is delicious. If you want to grill this salmon on a cedar plank, you need to plan ahead. We don’t always have time to do that, but if you make the time, it’s worth the effort.

This Thai Shrimp Stew recipe is sure to warm you up on a cold winter night. Thai cuisine is among the healthiest foods you can eat. Many of the fresh herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, and lemongrass possess immune-boosting and disease-fighting properties. Then she adds kale to make it even better for you.

We have another altogether new roundup for healthy desserts, but just in case you want just a couple of options, here are a few.

For a guilt-free dessert, try this Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding. Packed with minerals, protein, fiber, and flavor, this is a sweet treat you won’t regret.

Surprise your family with this surprise chocolate pudding made with avocados. They will never know.

raw chocolate pudding in a glass bowl topped with bananas and nuts

These macaroons are guilt-free! Made with mainly egg whites and coconut, this versatile treat can be modified to your liking. Enjoy them after dinner, or as an afternoon snack.

Skip the dairy with this dairy-free panna cotta recipe. I had fun watching this come together as panna cotta was not something I have ever made. My friend Joyce showed me how easy it is. I have an unstoppable sweet tooth and enjoy having dessert options that are light on guilt.

Dairy-Free Panna Cotta is a cold Italian custard, often served with fruit sauce or caramel syrup. In Italian it translates to “cooked cream”.

Eating a healthy diet isn’t as hard as we think. It’s a commitment, and ultimately, it’s a lifestyle decision. Sometimes it means making tough choices when dining out. We will continue to strive to bring you recipes in support of your healthy diet.

If you craft up any of our healthy eats, share a photo with the hashtag #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!