Cinnamon brings memories of apple cider and snowflakes falling, briefly numbing the pain of another long, cold winter. Aside from the comforting smell of cinnamon, it also has many health benefits.
Cinnamon may be effective in improving blood sugar, insulin activity, blood pressure, and improve wound healing. In addition, it is also an antioxidant and antimicrobial agent to help ward off those pesky winter colds. Check out Ceylon Cinnamon at your local store, or in the bulk section at a health food store.
Here are a few easy ways to use food as medicine with the powers of cinnamon:
1. Spice up your morning java.
I love adding cinnamon to freshly ground coffee beans. Add it to the grounds and your coffee will have a hint of cinnamon without the need to mix it in. You may even be able to forgo your creamer with this sweet addition.
2. Use it for sweeter potatoes and other root veggies.
Roast sweet potatoes and root veggies with cococnut oil, cinnamon, rosemary and a pinch of sea salt for 20 minutes on 375ºF. The aroma is insanely delicious.
3. Use it for cinnamon oats.
Add some flavor to your morning oats with cinnamon. Serve cooked oats with your favorite milk alternative, crushed almonds, fresh berries and cinnamon.
4. Try a cinnamon smoothie.
Ever used a protein powder that didn't taste great? Cinnamon can help sweeten up your smoothie without adding sugar.
Add the following ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth: