Just a whiff of cinnamon can conjure up great memories, get our taste buds salivating, and cause us to crave the comfort of a favorite food or beverage. Why is cinnamon so powerful? Commonly associated with the winter season, this spice has cornered the market of scenery overload by engaging our sense of sight, smell and taste with it's beautiful color, aromatic allure and a sweet and spicy flavor that warms us from the inside out! Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices, widely used not only for it's wonderful aroma and flavor, but it's medicinal properties as well. Readily available in stick or powder form it is highly versatile and when stored properly, incredibly long lasting.
Health benefits of cinnamon:
Blood clotting properties
Helps regulate blood sugar
Effective management tool for individuals with type 2 diabetes
It's scent boosts brain function and cognitive thinking abilities
Relieves cold and flu symptoms
Fights bacterial and fungal infections
Warming properties enhance healthy circulation
Has been shown to help protect against certain types of cancer
Simple ways to incorporate cinnamon:
Add cinnamon to your oatmeal, couscous or rice
Sprinkle on sweet potatoes
Stir some into pureed fruits or vegetables
Bake into your next batch of bread, muffins and cookies
Add a bit to your favorite Mexican dish to bring out additional flavor
Stir some into your warm milk, tea, coffee or other hot beverage
Bake into your favorite fruit (baked apples, yum!)
Here's to empowering your health!
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