Uniquely warming, uniquely beneficial
Cinnamon has long been a favorite in many cultures. It was used as an embalming agent in ancient Egypt, and was once considered more valuable than gold. Traditional Chinese medicine uses cinnamon as a warming remedy, and mixed with fresh ginger tea, it’s believed to slow the onset of cold and flu symptoms – something to add to your cold fighting arsenal.
Nutritionally, a mere teaspoon of cinnamon is chock full of benefits – 28mg of calcium, almost 1mg of iron, over a gram of fiber, and vitamins C, K, B12 and manganese.
Cinnamon aids in indigestion, gas and bloating, upset stomach and diarrhea. It can help in weight loss and control as it stabilizes your blood sugar, reduces fat storage, keeps you satisfied for longer, and adds a touch of sweetness to the flavor of food.
It’s great for brain function, as the aroma of cinnamon produces brain activity, and can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. As a natural anti-inflammatory, it’s good for athletes or anyone with muscle pain. Its anti-fungal properties help with candida and urinary tract infections.
Cinnamon is so easy to use in so many ways. Some of my favorites:
- Sprinkled on whole-wheat toast drizzled lightly with coconut butter and raw honey
- In oatmeal and oat bran cereal (or any cereal)
- Sprinkled in warm almond milk or soy milk
- In yogurt
- In soups and stews
- Mixed with black beans in burritos and chili
- On apple and banana slices
- In hot chocolate
- On dark chocolate
- On toasted nuts and seeds
- Mixed with berries and cacao nibs
- Mixed with seasonings for poultry, meat and fish
Faux Apple Pie – great for breakfast, a snack, or dessert
One sliced apple of your choice
1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon (or more) of ginger
Pinch of sea salt
Handful of cacao nibs (optional)
Handful of nuts of choice (optional)
Tablespoon of plain yogurt (optional)
Mix all together in an oven proof bowl and heat in oven or microwave until apple is soft.
Top with yogurt if desired.
Stay warm and healthy this winter, with a little help from cinnamon!
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