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Eight ways to use food as medicine with the powers of cinnamon

by , 26 February 2016

Cinnamon brings memories of pumpkin spiced lattes and cold rainy days, briefly numbing the pain of another long, cold winter (can you relate?). 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.

Here are a few easy ways to incorporate more of this highly beneficial spice into your diet.

Eight ways to eat more cinnamon

#1: Sprinkle it into your morning coffee
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 180ºC. 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:
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice
  • ½ cup raw spinach
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tsp fresh ground flax seed
  • 1 handful ice cubes
  • 1 cup water or unsweetened milk alternative
     
#5: Make cinnamon nut butter
Feeling ambitious? Roast your own nut and put them through the food processor with cinnamon to make your own cinnamon nut butter.
 
#6: Add it to pancakes
Regardless of whether you're making pancakes from scratch or using a mix, you can always add in cinnamon. Serve with your homemade cinnamon nut butter. Slice up bananas and add those, too.
 
#8: Mix it into your favourite yoghurt
Are you noticing a breakfast trend? If you decide to consume yoghurt (dairy or non-dairy) be sure to investigate the label for added sugar. If your product passes the no-sugar inspection, sweeten with cinnamon and add your favourite nuts for extra protein.

How do you enjoy the medicinal spice that is cinnamon?

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