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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cinnamon for weight loss- 3 reasons I eat it every day

Bottle of organic cinnamon

Cinnamon may be a common herb, but research is indicates that it has many nutritional benefits including that it may help with weight loss!. This post is part of a series called Simple things you can do to help yourself feel better. I'm always looking natural ways to help my metabolism, lose weight and or detox. Adding cinnamon to my food is one of the simple things I do.

loose cinnamon
Ground Cinnamon 

I love the taste and aroma of cinnamon, so I was delighted to find out that cinnamon is also very beneficial to our diet.. Cinnamon is actually made from the bark of  trees- the variety of cinnamon used in  research studies was - cassia cinnamon . 

3 Reasons I Eat Cinnamon Daily  for weight loss

***Blood Sugar Levels: Studies have suggested that 1/2-1 teaspoon a day of cinnamon can help stabilize or even lower blood sugar levels. I've noticed that when my blood sugar drops, I feel hungry and shaky, which makes me eat more. It can become a vicious cycle and usually, I grab something sweet when I feel like that which may bring my sugar up to high. . Cinnamon is supposed to help keep the blood sugar stabilized so I can avoid the blood sugar highs and lows which for me causes cravings!

****Fat Storing Hormones: I've also read that the  cassia variety of cinnamon contains compounds that may help lower fat storing hormones by 30% . Who doesn't want to store less fat! That works for me. In addition, cinnamon contains phenol which is known as a belly flattening antioxidant! Since many women store fat in their belly area, this might be beneficial.

****Fiber: Cinnamon also contains fiber- just an added little benefit. Since cinnamon is actually ground up bark, it is mostly fiber. Fiber is also good to help elimination and thus helps with weight loss.

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It's not hard to incorporate cinnamon into your daily diet. And unless you are allergic, there are no known side affects when consumed in normal amounts. Cinnamon is delicious and inexpensive ( although I like to purchase Simply Organic Cinnamon Ground Certified Organic, 2.45-Ounce Container)  which is slightly more expensive) and lends itself to so many recipes. I love it in oatmeal, but some Middle Eastern and Indian recipes use it in their cooking as well.. I've also cinnamon added to many Moroccan recipes.

 Healthy Recipes With Cinnamon. 

Simple Breakfast Detox Drink- Drink  this easy fat flusher upon waking to help flush, detox and balance Ph. This is my number one viewed  post of all time. Over 27, 000 views. You'll want to pin this one for when you need it. It helped me lose weight -  Simple Breakfast Detox Drink-

overnight oatmeal with blackberries and cinnamon
Overnight Oatmeal - Great way to start the day 

Breakfast overnight ( no cook) oatmeal ( This is my favorite- so good- so convenient- use any kind of fruit- tastes like a parfait- No time to make breakfast? You make this the night before and eat it right out of the fridge- you can make one for each family member. Talk about a healthy grab and go.

Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ( no added sugar)  ( love these too- great for a grab and go breakfast or snack. They contain no sugar- but they taste great -even kids love them.)

Strawberries and figs dusted in cinnamon-  Fruit dipped in cinnamon looks Elegant, is Easy, and tastes Devine! Make them for your next party because of their beautiful presentation and simplicity.. Serve with a cheese platter for a great appetizer!

Butternut squash with cinnamon and cumin - Adds variety and an interesting zest to baked butternut  squash. Great side dish! Spices are so good for you- use as many as you can in your cooking.

apples and cinnamon roasted
Roasted Apples and cinnamon

 Roasted Apples in Cinnamon- Easy and great simple dessert. The apples caramelize with the cinnamon. Need I say more? Tastes like apple pie without the crust and calories!

Good article about Cinnamon and Type 2 Diabetes: Huff Post Healthy Living 

Another article that I found on  ezine about the Health Benefits of cinnamon

Disclaimer: The information in this post is for educational purposes only. I am not a medical doctor and am not trying to diagnose or treat disease. Always check with your medical doctor before making any changes in your diet or adding anything to your diet.

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  1. I love cinnamon too and use it often but I like the fragrance even more than the taste. It turns my kitchen into a happy place.

  2. I love, love, love cinnamon! Nothing smells or tastes better. I'll have to try some of those recipes!

    Thanks!!! Visiting from Creative Mondays.

  3. Hm, interesting. I'm intrigued with that detox drink. And these recipes all look delish.

  4. According to research from January cinnamon may have also therapeutic benefits on lipid profile, liver enzymes, insulin resistance in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease patients. Good idea to add it to our diets.

  5. Very informative post and it's awesome that you included recipes as well! :) I love cinnamon but didn't know it had so many health benefits!

  6. I'm a big fan of cinnamon. Just smelling it makes me feel good. I put it in my smoothies every morning for breakfast.
    Thank you for sharing, Judee.

  7. I love cinnamon! I also go heavy on it with my applesauce :)

  8. What a great post Judee, I am going for the cinnamon right now. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  9. Great post Judee! Thanks for sharing at The Four Seasons Blog Hop!! I added more cinnamon to my diet to help keep my sugar levels balanced. It seems to be working to some degree:)

  10. Delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop,

  11. Hi Judee,
    Hooray for cinnamon! I add cinnamon to my smoothies, cereals as well as to my coconut yogurt and berries. Yum! I am so glad you shared this healthy and thought-provoking post at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

  12. I need to remember cinnamon more often.

  13. Cinnamon is great! I love it on my oatmeal, in many cookie recipes, on some fruits, and sometimes sprinkled on tea. I'm glad it adds so much to these in addition to flavor.

  14. cinnamon is great, I love that spice. this oatmeal is delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.


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