CINNAMON – SWEET ‘N SPICY GOOD!
It is well established that in addition to being sweet ‘n spicy, cinnamon is also super healthy for us. It’s been found to reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. It is beneficial for the digestive system and even aids in the absorption of nutrients. Cinnamon is anti-microbial, a potent antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties PLUS anti-cancer properties. It’s beneficial for the cardio-vascular system and improves general blood circulation including to the hands and feet.
ONE VARIETY OF CINNAMON CAN BE HARMFUL
It’s important to note that there are different varieties of cinnamon and the most common variety used in the US has a potential harmful side effect. Common cinnamon in the US is called Cassia Cinnamon, and it contains coumarin which can be harmful to the liver in high enough amounts. The variety called Ceylon is sweeter, and has all of the health benefits with negligible concentrations of coumarin so it is a better option. In the US if it isn’t specified, cinnamon is usually Cassia, which can still be enjoyed but in small amounts. The takeaway – you want to buy Ceylon Cinnamon which can be found, labeled as such, in healthy stores.
That’s out of the way, so let’s get on to the 10 ways to bring yummy, healthy cinnamon into your life!
- Cinnamon pairs perfectly with “anything apple”, i.e. applesauce, sliced apples, apple pie, apple cider, baked apple, and dehydrated apple slices
- Sprinkle it onto hot drinks such as chai, chaga tea, chicory, and even coffee
- Blend it into your fruit smoothies
- It’s wonderful sprinkled onto steamed or roasted sweet potatoes
- Mix cinnamon into honey (or maple syrup) and use it to glaze cooked carrots
- Sprinkle on oatmeal or breakfast quinoa
- Cinnamon and tomato marry well; try adding to your sauce when making lasagna and also chili
- In a small cup mix together 1 teaspoon of raw honey with 1/4 teas of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric, and a tiny pinch of black pepper – Eat right off of the spoon or blend the honey spice mixture into barely warm, coconut milk (to maintain the most nutrients, it’s better not to heat raw honey above 90°)
- Sprinkle onto pancakes and waffles
- Cinnamon complements winter squashes such as acorn, butternut, kabocha, and pumpkin. It’s included in my Decadent Butternut Squash Soup recipe, which you can request below