Always on the lookout for foods or food additives that may promote weight loss, researchers recently reported in the journal Metabolism that they appear to have evidence that cinnaldehyde, a component in cinnamon, is responsible for stimulating fat burning in mice and human cells. This adds to the evidence shared by others that consumption of cinnamon may be obesity protective. And that is not all. The Harvard Health Letter heralds the benefits of many spices, and touts that cinnamon may lower blood sugar, fight viruses, and be neuroprotective.
So, here are some recipes that feature a good amount of cinnamon:
- Cinnamon protein smoothie
- Pork noodle soup with cinnamon and anise
- Chili and cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes
- Cinnamon-scented quinoa breakfast
- Homemade cinnamon spiced applesauce
- Spiced cranberry pear The fruit compote can be served over Greek yogurt too!
- You can also add cinnamon to your coffee, tea, yogurt, and oatmeal.
With all of these recipes, you can scale back on the egg nog and boost your cinnamon intake!
Don’t Forget! The Nutrition Challenge Winner…..will be announced on Saturday, December 9 at the BIG Holiday party! See you there!
Happy and healthful eating,
Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN
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