The snicker doodle, cinnamon buns, pumpkin pie, apple pie….what do all of these delicious and sinful desserts have in common? Cinnamon.
I bet that wasn’t your first guess, was it? That’s okay. It’s hard to not be distracted by how delicious those dishes taste. (by the way they may be delicious but…..)
Cinnamon is an extremely popular spice that can be added to most anything. You should really be eating cinnamon, not only because of how great it compliments other flavors, but also because of the amazing health benefits. Cinnamon contains something called “cinnamaldehyde” which is great for the metabolism, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to its affect on the metabolism, it also provides an excellent inhibitor to bacterial and fungal infections.
It increases the sensitivity to insulin so that the body reacts properly to insulin being released into the blood stream. It also aids in the lowering of blood sugar and slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates. (Authority Nutrition)
While cinnamon tastes good and has great benefits, I wouldn’t’ recommend eating it by the spoonful!!!
Ways to use cinnamon throughout the day:
If I ever do a soy or oat milk latte, I spring cinnamon on top.
Plain oats, 1 tsp of cinnamon, agave (if you need sweetener), 1 tbs of chia seeds
Add some in a smoothie or hot tea!