Ways to Get More Cinnamon In Your Diet

Introduction:Who knew cinnamon was good for you? Well, new clinical trials are leaning that way. New studies are showing that increasing the amount of cinnamon in our diets reduces the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes as well as helping diabetics regulate their blood sugar. Just one teaspoon of cinnamon contains iron, vitamins such as K, manganese and C, and has over a gram of fiber along with 28 grams of calcium. Cinnamon packs a punch and is delicious too! The below are just a few ways to get more cinnamon in your diet.

  • 01

    Add Cinnamon to Meat Dishes

    Some chili recipes, like Cincinnati chili, actually call for a teaspoon or so of cinnamon but go ahead and add it to any spicy meat dish. Middle Eastern cultures use quite a bit of the savory spice in lamb or beef dishes as cinnamon compliments any kind of spicy dish and gives it a certain pizzazz. Cinnamon on its own is both spicy and sweet and tangy.

  • 02

    Add Cinnamon to Coffee

    Just a bit of cinnamon added to a pot or cup of coffee dresses up your java like no other spice can. For a real treat, add a cinnamon stick right to your cup of coffee and chew it as it softens. Go ahead and eat the bark for added fiber to your diet.

    A dash of cinnamon is also delicious when added to a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter night.

  • 03

    Add Cinnamon to Oatmeal

    Skip the sugar and add just 1/2 teaspoonful of cinnamon to a cup of cooked oatmeal for a savory and satisfying breakfast treat. You might even get away with using less butter in your rolled oats if you offset the flavor with a dash of cinnamon.

  • 04

    Double the Amount In Recipes

    When it comes to cinnamon, more is always better! Make delicious oatmeal raisin cookies by adding two teaspoonfuls of cinnamon instead of the one that the recipe calls for. Banana bread is also delicious with a double dose of cinnamon mixed into the rich batter.

  • 05

    Add It to Whipped Cream

    For a delicious topping to fresh berries or a dessert shooter, mix in ground cinnamon right as you whip the fresh cream. Or add a dash of cinnamon to the top of yogurt and use that instead of whipped cream to dress up those berries.




Final Thoughts

Clinical studies are showing that including just 1/2 teaspoonful of cinnamon spice a day in our daily diets is beneficial in regulating blood sugar. Cinnamon also has an anti-clotting effect on blood which may help reduce the risk of stroke or heart attacks. Cinnamon has also been shown to decrease LDL (the bad cholesterol) and reduce cholesterol levels in general.

True cinnamon is from Sri Lanka so don't be fooled by buying an inferior spice.


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