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Honey banana and cream cheese bagel

Honey, banana and cream cheese bagel thins with carrot sticks, cucumber spears and milk

  • 1 honey, banana and cream cheese 'bagelwich'
  • ½ cup carrot sticks and ½ cup cucumber spears with 2 tbsp. 'lite' ranch dressing
  • 1 cup skim or 1% milk

Honey, Banana and Cream Cheese Bagel Thins

  • 1 banana, sliced*
  • 2 tbsp. reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 whole wheat bagel thins (can also use sandwich thins)

Spread both pieces of bagel thins with reduced fat cream cheese. Place sliced banana on one half of bagel thin. Drizzle honey over banana pieces. Sprinkle dried cranberries over banana and honey and place second piece of bagel thin on top to make a 'sandwich'

* Banana can be brushed with a small amount of lemon juice to prevent browning.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe courtesy of www.freshforkids.com.au

Angels of agriculture
Rock painting of beekeeper 8,000 years ago

Honey aficionados like to claim that honey is as old as history itself. That may be true, at least for history back when rock paintings were the in-things.

The earliest evidence of harvesting honey is on a rock painting that dates back 8,000 years. The art, found in Spain, shows a honey seeker removing honey from a wild bee colony.

Honey has played an important role in history. The ancient Romans, for example, used honey to heal their wounds after battles. Hannibal gave his army honey and vinegar as they crossed the Alps with their elephants to battle the Romans.

Honey is produced by a complex system by bees. They transform nectar from flowers by a process of regurgitation and store it as their primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Beekeepers use practices that encourage the overproduction of honey so there is excess for human consumption.

Honey bees have been long-called the angels of agriculture because they help pollinate crops. In recent years, world-wide concern has arisen over honey bees because many colonies have disappeared, due, it's believed, to a combination of dangerous mites, deforestation and depletion of other habitats. A global effort is underway to promote genetic diversity to help maintain honeybees and make their habitats safer.

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