Fitness and Wellbeing

Cinnamon is coming to town…

There is a reason why Cinnamon is known as the Christmas spice and always crops up in cold weather recipes, it’s due to its warming principles. So if you are someone that suffers from cold hands and feet then adding this super spice to your meals and hot drinks can do wonders!

Cinnamon is also a vasodilator, which means it opens and expands blood vessels, which aids circulation. When a vasodilator is eaten alongside nutrient rich foods it is even more beneficial, as the nutrients get into the blood stream quicker.

However Cinnamon is not just a year round spice for me, I use it in all kinds of things day to day due to its amazing health benefits. Find my list of things to include cinnamon in and why it helps so much.

Cinnamon benefits 

  • My morning coffee – cinnamon is known to help with blood sugar control and insulin resistance, by grating this magical spice into your morning coffee it will help stem that 11 o clock urge to eat something sweet!

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  • Porridge – porridge is a great breakfast to stir cinnamon into– cinnamon is an anti- inflammatory and has been proven to help with reducing harmful LDL cholesterol.

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  • Your morning smoothie, adding cinnamon to your morning smoothie is a great way to consume it if you are not a fan of the taste. It’s high in anti-oxidants and is a great add in to your regular smoothie. Cinnamon came out as the top antioxidant spice when tested against 26 other spices.

 cinnamon-smoothie

  • Your almond milk! If you are going to use cinnamon in your coffee why not add it into your homemade almond milk to make your morning routine even quicker, add a dash to your coffee and voila!

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Like turmeric, cinnamon has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. Cinnamon’s active component is called cinnamaldehyde, an anti-microbial which is responsible for most of its health benefits

Are cinnamon sticks better than pre grated?

A lot of people ask me whether cinnamon sticks are better than ground cinnamon the only difference between the two in their purest form is that the sticks have a longer shelf life.

How much cinnamon should I take?

Daily recommended dosage for cinnamon is 2 tsps don’t forget too much of a good thing… so try not to exceed this dosage.

 

 

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