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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Chocolate does more than make our bellies happy. It also makes our brains happy! That’s right, dark chocolate has the ability to increase serotonin in the brain due to its chemical make-up of tryptophan (amino acid that helps make serotonin), phenylethylalanine (natural anti-depressant), and theobromine (mood relaxer and stress reliever). The increase is serotonin leads to a good mood and reduction of stress. Thanks to dark chocolate’s mood enhancing properties, chocolate can even reportedly reduce symptoms of depression. In one study of over 13,000 adults, individuals who reported eating dark chocolate within 2 days had 70% less likelihood of reporting symptoms of depression compared to those who didn’t eat any chocolate.

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Health Benefits of Rose

Rose petals have a long history of being used in homeopathic medicine. Today, roses still offer incredible health benefits, and we even create infused honey flavors from it. Roses can be turned into rose tea, rose hip oil, rosewater, essentials oils, and more.

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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Honey and cinnamon have a long history of being used in medicine. Honey is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and an antiseptic. Cinnamon has similar properties. It is also an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and an anti-bacterial substance. Combining honey and cinnamon could no doubt have major health benefits. That is why we created our Cinnamon Infused Honey. Not only does it taste great, but it’s packed with all the nutrients of honey and cinnamon combined!

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Browned Butter & Honey Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we’ve got the pumpkin pie recipe that is sure to impress everybody at the dinner table. This recipe uses our very own honey to give a little extra kick of flavor. The honey brings out the pumpkin flavor in ways you never thought possible. 

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New Edition to the Hive: Melissa, GM

Meet GLBC’s newest edition to the hive, Melissa! We’re so excited to have Melissa on board as our General Manager. Melissa joined us last month after an in-depth hiring search across West Michigan. Melissa describes herself as a “Jane of all trades and master of few,” which you’ll learn after reading about her history, home life, hobbies, and volunteering. As GLBC continues to expand, we’re so grateful to be able to have Melissa join us and continue showing everyone what all the buzz is about at GLBC.

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Honey Masala Chai

Fall is (almost) here! Time to bundle up, cozy up, and drink up some delicious, sweet- you guessed it, honey masala chai, commonly referred to in the U.S. as “chai tea”! After making this recipe, you’ll not only have a steaming cup of yummy tea in your hand but you’ll also have a home filled with the comforting aroma of these delectable spices. 

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Honey Provides Superior Energy & Nutritional Benefits for Athletes

Honey is a healthy substitute for sugar and great for diet conscious folk. However, honey is so much more than just a sugar substitute. It is actually an ideal source of energy, far healthier than sugar and other energy sources, making it a highly efficient way for athletes and other active people to fuel their bodies. 

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Strawberry Honey Lemonade

August in Michigan is HOT! If you’re looking for a way to cool down, look no further than this Strawberry Honey Lemonade recipe. It’s the perfect combination of sour and sweet! So delicious, so refreshing. This recipe is bound to become a staple of your summer and your family’s new favorite refreshment. Sweetened with our natural, local honey, it’s is healthier than other lemonades that contain processed sugars. This recipe will provide your body energy rather than a sugar crash. Whip this up on a sunny Friday afternoon and enjoy all weekend long.

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