Shake some cinnamon on your morning cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or right into your cup of coffee for a tasty and easy way to improve your glucose and cholesterol metabolism.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that study subjects who added a bit more than a teaspoon of cinnamon to a rice pudding dessert significantly decreased their normal, post-dessert elevations of blood sugar.
Interestingly, at least some of this effect was related to the spice’s ability to delay how quickly food leaves the stomach and enters the intestines. In this regard, cinnamon may also be helpful in reducing appetite through enhancing satiety (fullness).
I keep an extra large container of ground cinnamon handy in my cupboard at all times and sprinkle it liberally on my morning on my morning kefir, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal etc.
This satisfying smoothie is filled with anti-inflammatory power and flavor!
1 cup of frozen blueberries or frozen berries of choice
1 large, ripe banana
10 oz. of plain non-fat Greek yogurt
Two tight handfuls of baby, organic spinach
2 Tbs. chia or flax seed
1 Tbs. almond or peanut butter
2 heaping Tbs. 100% canned pumpkin
2 cups of milk of choice (plain soy or cows have the most protein)
Liberal dash of cinnamon
Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Blend until smooth.
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