When it comes to the holiday season, we have more opportunities to add cinnamon to our diets because for this time of year — when it comes to spices — cinnamon is a main contender. It has countless health benefits. For one, it regulates metabolism and energy. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties, and can lower blood sugar levels. Not only that, cinnamon is a cancer fighter.
In order to get more of this holiday superfood. Put a dash of cinnamon in applesauce, pumpkin smoothies, and pumpkin pudding, or other foods is a delightful treat.
Tips to incorporate cinnamon into your diet this holiday season
• Incorporate desserts that contain cinnamon into your holiday meal plan.
• Sprinkle cinnamon, a few raisins and walnuts, and a bit of honey, if desired, on a cored apple and bake at 350°F for about 45 minutes until soft for a healthy dessert.
• Make cinnamon toast: drizzle some honey and sprinkle some cinnamon on toasted whole wheat bread.
• Simmer (don’t boil) milk with a teaspoon of vanilla and a cinnamon stick for a few minutes. Drink the warm milk with a bit of added honey or pour over hot oatmeal.
• Combine 1 teaspoon cinnamon with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 cup yogurt. Serve as a dip for sliced fruit or as a dressing for fruit salad. Spoon a dollop on top of hot oatmeal, whole-grain pancakes, waffles, or granola.
• Combine equal parts of cinnamon and cocoa. Sprinkle on yogurt and fruit slices.
• Combine 1 tablespoon or more ground cinnamon with 1/2 cup sesame seeds, 1/4 cup golden flaxseeds, and 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal. Use as a topping on cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, grapefruit halves, or cantaloupe. Whole flaxseeds add crunch and fiber, though you get more of the nutritional value from ground flaxseeds.