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Spice of the Season – Cinnamon

This is the time of year that we probably consume our greatest amount of cinnamon between the fall desserts, beverages and side dishes.  Good news – we’re doing ourselves a big favor because cinnamon is said to have a very positive effect on blood glucose levels. Consuming cinnamon helps to stabilize our blood sugar, which in turns helps keep our energy levels and moods stable. In addition, stable blood sugar levels help prevent us from overeating.

If you know someone suffering from diabetes, cinnamon is a top spice to include in their diet. I recently told my dad about this (he has type 2 diabetes) and he has been trying to incorporate cinnamon into his diet on a daily basis. I’m hoping we’ll see an improvement soon if he keeps up with it!

Need another more reason to add cinnamon to your next meal? Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all herbs and spices. So with Thanksgiving right around the corner, don’t hesitate to add some more cinnamon to those sweet potatoes – hopefully you’ll be feeling less groggy and less full than usual by meal’s end!

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Yams with Ginger & Cinnamon

How timely – just came across this recipe!

Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

6 cups yams, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
½ medium onion, cut in half and sliced thin
4 medium cloves garlic, chopped
1-½ TBS finely minced fresh ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
½ TBS honey
1 TBS + 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
salt and white pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice onions and chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting properties.
  2. Cut yams into 1″ cubes.
  3. Heat 1 TBS broth in a 12-inch or larger stainless steel skillet.
  4. Sauté onion over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Add garlic and ginger and continue to sauté for another minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Add yams, cinnamon, honey, and 1 cup broth.
  7. Mix and simmer over low heat covered for about 15 minutes, or until yams are tender.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Enjoy!

Serves 4

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Buddha Nose

How can you not love a spray that is able to lift your spirits and strengthen your body’s defenses? Whether you’re run down or a little down in the dumps, Buddha Nose‘s Booster Spray is uplifting in both respects. I just love that every time I spray it, I feel like I’m doing something really good for myself, which I am! This spray’s stimulating essential oils of Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon and Ravinstsara are highly anti-viral and anti-bacterial — exactly what you need when it comes to warding off illness. Pack it next time you’re traveling and keep some in the office (2 prime opportunities for unwanted germs and stress). This spicy, herbal concoction is definitely one of a kind and a favorite in my arsenal of health and beauty products.

Photo Credit: BUDDHA NOSE LTD.

Delicious Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2¼ cups water
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats (not the 1 minute)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins
  • organic milk
  • sweeten with honey (about 1 tsp per serving is a nice amount) 

Directions:

  1. Combine water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
  2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is absorbed (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add cinnamon and raisins and stir. Cover the pot and turn off heat.
  4. Let set for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with milk and honey.
  6. Enjoy!

Serves 2

 

While this is not the quickest way to make oatmeal, it does produce tastier results. It’s also so hearty and healthy!