The Secret of Cinnamon

When we think of cinnamon, we think of it as the perfect topper to a smooth latte from our favourite coffee shop, or mixed into a delicious pumpkin pie. Good news that this little miracle spice is so much more than meets the eye. For those of us who have a sweet tooth, or wellness conscious, cinnamon is a great way to keep your health in check!

It's incredible that with as little as half a teaspoon you can reduce your blood sugar level up to 29%! So sprinkling it on your morning oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothie will have you reaping the benefits of a healthier immune system. Not to mention it is a powerful antioxidant, aids in inflammation, kills cancer cells, and lowers the levels of cholesterol, which means you reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke.

Cinnamon isn't only for digestive health, but it's also fantastic for your skincare regime as well. Putting cinnamon on your face has antibacterial properties that allows it treat acne! So added it to your DIY face mask will prevent your skin from getting new ones from forming.

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Putting cinnamon on a carb slowly releases your glucose, which makes you less hungry throughout your day. Here is a great way to sprinkle cinnamon any time of the day:

  1. Breakfast: Put it on morning greek yogurt with your choice of berries and add a sprinkle of cinnamon for taste, or on oatmeal with chopped apples.

  2. Snack: Smoothies are a great way to add cinnamon; try with your preferred protein powder, 4 cups of leafy greens, banana, frozen berries, chia seeds, and cinnamon. You can even add it on popcorn for an added kick.

  3. Dinner: Pork, turkey, chicken, potatoes, rice, and meat sauce are just some of the easy pairings that go with cinnamon. Quick recipes like pork tenderloin use cinnamon as a rub with ginger, salt, pepper, and clove. Or you can add cinnamon to a turkey chili bowl for cold winter nights.

  4. Beverages: Cappuccinos and lattes are great ways to add your cinnamon, but if you are feeling adventurous and want to make your own cinnamon hot chocolate for a little sweet and spicy comfort.

  • 1 cup of milk

  • 2 tablespoons chopped or grated dark chocolate

  • 1 inch/2.5cm cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar

  • Add marshmallows to top

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