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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice ft. Cinnamon

As winter fast approaches, and the holiday season is in full swing, nothing is warmer and more comforting than sweet cinnamon. Often used in festive gingerbread, cakes, cookies and even sometimes hot chocolate, cinnamon is primarily associated with sweet treats. However, contrary to its sweet facade, cinnamon is quite the opposite. In fact, cinnamon works to stabilize blood sugar levels, so you can imagine it’s actually a good thing to have when you’re eating something sweet. Nonetheless, this is no excuse to go nuts with the treats this holiday season… Moderation is truly key; don’t deprive yourself of indulgences but don’t go overboard either.

Anyway, back to cinnamon!

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices and has often been used for medicinal purposes. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that cinnamon comes out on top in terms of its protective antioxidant levels1. Remember that antioxidants play a key role in preventing oxidation of various molecules that enter our bodies. Without them, oxidation can occur, which causes damaging effects to our cells. In addition to being an antioxidant, cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic (due to its blood sugar-regulating properties), anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, and helps protect against heart disease and cancer2.

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16190627

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20924865

3 https://draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/

You can reap all of cinnamon’s benefits by ingesting it on a daily basis or even applying it topically as an acne spot treatment for blemishes (thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties). It is noted that as little as ½ tsp of cinnamon daily can positively impact your body3.

Cinnamon is super easy to add to your smoothies, soups, sweet potatoes, oatmeal and much more; and if you can’t find a way to squeeze it into your diet, cinnamon capsules (such as Pure and Primal’s) are readily available and easily digested by your body.

I hope that next time cinnamon finds its way into your day, you smile at thought of all the wonderful things it’s doing for your body.

Stay sweet and happy holidays!

xx Leah

Ps: Here is a yummy recipe for a chia breakfast bowl from my blog that includes exactly ½ tsp of cinnamon!

Chia Cinnamon Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

-3 tbsp. chia seeds

-1 ripe banana

-3 tbsp. hemp hearts

-1 cup dairy-free milk (unsweetened)

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Puree the banana until smooth and transfer to a bowl or mason jar. Mix the banana with the rest of the ingredients and refrigerate overnight. In the morning top with fresh fruit, slivered almonds, granola, cocoa nibs or any other fun toppings you enjoy. I promise this recipe will keep you full for hours!