There is much sweetness to spring, as the days turn warmer and the earth begins to blossom. The sunshine opens up the spirit inside us, reminding us to speak sweetly to our friends and loved ones and be ever grateful for the many blessings each new season brings. During Easter celebrations many sweet treats are consumed, so it is a thoughtful and healthful idea to offer indulgences made from a more natural source. Honey, particularly local honey, is a delectably delicious, sweet food that has many nutritional attributes. Antioxidants, cough suppressant, energy Honey contains flavonoids, hard working antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of some cancers, as well as heart disease. A natural cough suppressant, honey provides soothing relief for colds and sore throats. Honey is an excellent energy source and is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time after intense workouts. Honey is anti-inflammatory and can help soothe the stinging sensation of minor burns, while the anti-bacterial quality helps prevent infection. Richly flavored I am particularly fond of \u201cSwords into Plowshares\u201d honey, a wildflower honey produced by Vincent Kay, a local New Haven beekeeper, who has been supplying health food stores and supermarkets with this delicious dark golden nectar for more than 20 years. This honey is so richly flavored that just a small taste is ultra satisfying. Call 203-787-0494 for more information. For breakfast, dinner and beverages Whether drizzled over yogurt and berries, blended into smoothies or swirled over oatmeal, a bit of honey makes for an exceptional morning meal. Honey is a vital ingredient that will bring the sweetness of life to so many recipes. Stir a spoonful of honey into a steaming cup of tea for instant comfort. Mix a tablespoon of honey into half a stick of softened butter and add a dash of cinnamon to create a luscious honey butter that will make your toast or muffins taste quite lavish. Add honey to marinades, salad dressings, sauces, and syrups for an extra lovely layer of flavor. Brush on chicken for a beautifully bronzed finish on the grill; shrimp, scallops and pork respond nicely to a coating of honey as well. Prepare a delicious life that is full of sweet words and sweet, satisfying flavor. Sweet Spring Fruit with Honey Sauce Serves 4 1\/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat if you prefer) 1\/4 cup local honey 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1\/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1\/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1\/4 teaspoon ground ginger 4-5 cups mixed fresh fruit cut into bite size pieces (strawberries, blueberries, mango, whatever you prefer) 1\/2 cup toasted walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts or pecans, chopped fresh mint leaves Mix together first 6 ingredients. In four pretty dishes divide fruit. Top evenly with sauce mixture, then sprinkle with nuts. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon if desired and garnish with fresh mint. Robin Glowa, HHC, AADP is a passionate food and wellness professional who earned her certificate in holistic health counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University Teacher\u2019s College. She earned her cooking experience in the kitchen! Robin specializes in teaching healthy cooking classes to children and adults utilizing fresh, natural ingredients and super simple, extra delicious recipes. She also conducts cooking demonstrations for many local organizations and is available for cooking parties and private instruction as well. For more information go to www.theconsciouscook.net. Robin\u2019s blog is confessionsofaconsciouscook.blogspot.com.