Our cupboards are often filled with a range of different spices, yet we use them so little. We often also forget that herbs and spices are actually very good for the human body and many also offer additional health benefits that could improve our overall wellbeing. Cinnamon is one such spice that is rarely used, but yields many health benefits. The name “cinnamon” really refers to the browning color of the spice and the spice is extracted from inner bark of trees that fall within the genus Cinnamomun species. While cinnamon is commonly used on oats and in cookies, but it can also be used to spice up dinner and even add some flavor to desserts.
Cinnamon may look like just a spice, but it really holds a lot of health benefits that could aid the body in many different ways. Cinnamon is low in calories and does not contain any fat. It also contains fiber, calcium, vitamin K, manganese and iron – some of the most essential nutrients that we require on a daily. In addition to these nutrients, cinnamon is also packed with antioxidants, which may help to slow down the aging process and even contribute to improved mental performance.
Dr Axe reports that one of the most beneficial aspects of cinnamon is its antioxidant agents. The large amount of antioxidants protects the body against damage from free radicals. He also reports that cinnamon has been given a spot on the top list of healthy foods. Apart from its antioxidant agents, cinnamon can also help to reduce inflammation, protect the heart, fight against diabetes and protect against mental decline. The spice may also help the body fight against viruses and infections, freshen the breath, improve the skin’s condition and reduce allergies. Another very beneficial aspect of cinnamon is the fact that it has anti-cancer properties, which may help reduce a person’s risk of developing certain types of cancer.
While cinnamon goes well with oats as a breakfast choice, we often forget that it can also be used in savory meals for dinner. There are also a variety of different sweet desserts that uses cinnamon as its main flavor. We have collected a couple of delicious recipes that you can prepare for dinner, with every one of them offering the health benefits of cinnamon. These may not all be healthy recipe ideas, but they will surely satisfy your taste buds.
Soup is often a preferred meal choice for winters and cold days. It warms the body from the inside out and usually contains a lot of ingredients that are rich in nutrients. Soup is also one of the most preferred meals when people get sick, especially flu. This pork noodle soup is enriched with cinnamon and anise to deliver a spicy, yet delicious taste. The entire family will love this soup – even those who usually don’t prefer soup.
Pasta is a favorite in many homes. It’s quick and easy to prepare, it tastes good and it goes with many different “toppings”. Apart from these facts, pasta is also very filling, which means you won’t get hungry soon after eating a plate of pasta. One thing that pasta must have is a good sauce. We recommend you try the pasta meat sauce from Simply Recipes. The sauce is rich and flavorful, and contains just enough cinnamon to tingle your taste buds. You can make a large batch of the sauce and keep it refrigerated for future use. Simply whip up a batch or heat a premade batch, cook some pasta and serve. It is really that simple.
If you’re a fan of seafood and especially like prawns, then the Tandoori King Prawns recipe from BBC Food would definitely warm your heart… and your stomach. The recipe includes a prawn preparation, as well as a butter sauce that is added as a topping when served. Together, the combination tastes delicious and, even though only half a teaspoon of cinnamon is used, the cinnamon flavor comes through perfectly every time.
Let’s not forget about dessert – cinnamon is, after all, commonly used in many dessert choices. This mulled wine trifle only takes half an hour to prepare, but needs to be kept overnight, so be sure to prepare it a day before you want to indulge yourself. The trifle contains a variety of spices, fruit and even some added alcohol. Custard and whip cream is used to create a smooth dessert, while the cinnamon and ginger add a delicious flavor to the dessert.
Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices in the world. You can add it to many different dishes – sweet and savory – to introduce a new flavor and to benefit from the nutrients in the spice. While cinnamon cookies and oats with cinnamon are popular choices, we’ve explored other dishes that also benefit from some added cinnamon today.