Halloween is over and candy still lingers in the hallway of your home. Or if you’re like me, every day is Halloween because there are Butterfingers, Almond Joys, and Reese’s pouring out of your “secret stash drawers”, that aren’t so secret anymore.
With the “most wonderful time of the year” practically upon us, more time will be spent indoors, unless La Nina decides to make her warm presence known.
Cue: gingerbread houses, three kinds of stuffing, pasta, ham, turkey, cannoli, eggnog, and mashed potatoes……..And worst of all…the denial that comes after you step off the scale in awe of how much you’ve gained. You are NOT in Candyland anymore. You did NOT consume pastries filled with air and run to the finish line unscathed.
What if this holiday season you could slash 1/4 of what you consumed by making a simple diet alteration? It’s in your spice rack and is usually only used with your daily coffee or maybe a dessert here and there.
Cinnamon gains most of its recognition around the holidays, but is actually fully beneficial year round. Alone it tastes like a finely crushed fireball, but using it as a condiment, it has the ability to turn a mediocre platter into a bellissima!
The kind of cinnamon I suggest using for recipes is one that says 100% ground cinnamon. There are imposters out there that like to disguise themselves as the real deal. However, by adding the word “topping”, they also add about 15-30 extra calories per sprinkle. So buyer or baker beware!
The climax of this post comes in the form of weight loss. Yes. Cinnamon has been proven to stabilize blood sugar and control appetite. Due to its slightly spicy nature, it also possesses the ability to kick up the metabolism as well.
Here are some ways to incorporate cinnamon into your every day dishes: coffee, yogurt, lean meat burger rub, chicken seasoning, chili, any kind of squash soup, and stuffing. A spoonful or two per serving size should do.
The modernized version of Mary Poppins just passed outside my window to verify that people fly and cinnamon is the new “medicine”.
Peace, love, and cinnamon.