Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon You Definitely Want to Know About

The Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon You Definitely Want to Know AboutCinnamon is a highly delicious spice. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have instinctively known for ages.
Cinnamon is quite the medicinal gift. 
It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt. It used to be rare and valuable, and was regarded as a gift fit for kings.
Cinnamon is loaded with anti-oxidants!
Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking “superfoods” like garlic and oregano.
In fact, cinnamon is so powerful that it can be used as a natural food preservative as well. (and we LOVE cinnamon in our food!... Snickerdoodles anyone?) 
Cinnamon also helps regulate insulin levels! That's great news for people with diabetic struggles!  Cinnamon can also dramatically reduce insulin resistance, helping this incredibly important hormone to do its job. 
Ready to sink your teeth into some delicious cinnamon treats? ... We thought you would be.
To take advantage of cinnamon’s potential benefits, incorporate it into more meals. One of the things I love about this spice is how versatile it is. I use it in both sweet and savory dishes, and I feel like I’m always finding new ways to add it to meals, snacks, and beverages. Here are 10 easy ideas:
  • Sprinkle cinnamon into your coffee, or add it to your coffee grounds before brewing.
  • Add a dash or two of cinnamon to hot oatmeal, overnight oats, or cold whole grain cereal.
  • Fold cinnamon into yogurt, along with cooked, chilled quinoa, fresh cut fruit, and nuts or seeds.
  • Freeze cinnamon in ice cubes to add zest and aroma to water or cocktails.
  • Season roasted or grilled fruit with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Stir cinnamon into almond butter, or any nut or seed butter, and use as a dip for fresh apple or pear wedges or a filling for celery.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon to lentil or black bean soup, or vegetarian chili.
  • Season roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, spaghetti, and butternut squash with a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle a little cinnamon onto popped popcorn.
  • Stir a little cinnamon into melted dark chocolate and drizzle over whole nuts to make spicy ‘bark’ or use as a dip or coating for fresh fruit.
Really, your options are endless. Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years to heal the body and enhance tastes.  At Ontario Bakery, we love being apart of lasting memories in your families and would love to be a part of more.  Please let us know what we can do to make the last of your 2014 have a sweet end!  Call us today for your custom baked cakes and more!

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