Super Spice: Cinnamon

Super cinnamon with apples and yogurt

Super cinnamon with apples and yogurt – 21 Day Fix approved!

Are you looking for ways to spice up your clean eating? Spices are a great way to add flavor to fruits and vegetables because they add FLAVOR without calories! Plus, they’re often loaded with antioxidants.

Why cinnamon?

  1. ┬áCinnamon is full of antioxidants. So? Antioxidants protect our bodies from free radicals, which cause damage that may lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, even Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory. So? Inflammation is the body’s initial response to infection (like when you get a cold) or injury, but left unchecked (chronic) it causes tissue degeneration and it may lead to the above diseases as well as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome (and more).
  3. Cinnamon may lower the risk of heart disease. So? Heart disease can ultimately lead to heart attack or stroke. This is personally of concern to me, as my mother had multiple strokes and she’s only 65.
  4. Cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties. So? It can help fight infection, may prevent tooth decay and can ward off the growth of bacteria.
  5. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels. So? Blood sugar levels that are out of whack can lead to diabetes.

Which cinnamon?

I have been reading that Ceylon cinnamon is the way to go. So, when you purchase cinnamon make sure it says “Ceylon” on the label. It is said to have less coumadin in it (coumadin is bad in high doses because it thins your blood). Cinnamon is best in moderation anyway, so add a pinch here and there. However, check out your local health food store and ask for Ceylon cinnamon. You will notice my photo has regular cinnamon – I’ll be on the lookout for Ceylon the next time I go to the store!

THE RECIPE

  1. Cut up an apple
  2. Add plain greek yogurt – Really, plain greek yogurt is great because it doesn’t contain extra sugars. The flavor comes from the cinnamon!
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy!

Also, enjoy the following recipe:

Healthy cinnamon apple chips

Healthy cinnamon apple chips

 

The Recipe

Only two ingredients: apple slices & cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Slice several apples – I used 4 because that’s what I had on hand and had to use up. By the way, this is the perfect way to use up apples that are starting to go soft.
  3. Pop out any seeds that are still in the slices.
  4. Arrange the apple slices on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with cinnamon. No measurement, just use what you like. Next time, I would be a bit more liberal with the cinnamon:)
  5. Bake for 1 hour, then turn them over. Bake another hour. Turn them over again and do this a few times until they’re not moist. This will take a few hours, but be patient. I got impatient on my first try and they were chewy.