Health and Wellness Expert Stephanie Mansour stopped by Fox 32 Chicago to share five flavorful ways to incorporate cinnamon into everyday foods to keep you healthy and happy during the holiday season. From cinnamon spiced broccoli to a cinnamon salad dressing, you’ll want these recipes.
The one thing I don’t want the clients in my weight loss programs for women to feel is—deprived! Sticking to a health and fitness plan is one of the best things you can do for your life. And guess what? It doesn’t mean your meals must be bland and boring!
One of my favorite fall spices is cinnamon. It smells like comfort and tastes like home.
Studies have shown that cinnamon is a super spice that aids in weight loss because it speeds up the metabolism and decreases blood sugar levels.
Unfortunately, most cinnamon-flavored foods are packed with sugar and calories! Think cinnamon spice donuts and cinnamon spiced lattes. So, how can you enjoy all the flavor with none of the fat?
I’m a weight loss coach always on the lookout for healthy alternatives! Here are some of my favorite ways to integrate cinnamon into my own diet:
Breakfast: Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to your oatmeal, your morning smoothie, or even your coffee!
Cut your addiction to morning sweets like donuts and frappuccinos, by getting your sweet fix in with cinnamon and a bit of honey. It will satisfy your cravings, but give you an energy boost instead of a sugar crash!
Snack: Regular almonds too boring? Add some cinnamon to your nuts and even onto your apple slices!
Tempted by the candy jar at the office? This will help cut down on sugar cravings.
Lunch: Make this cinnamon dressing recipe to make your salads really pop!
If you think salads at lunch are boring, you’re not having enough fun with the dressing! Get creative and mix it up. Keep your taste buds entertained with exciting spices like cinnamon, and you’ll get all the nutrients your body really craves from those dark, leafy greens.
Dinner: Spice up veggies like broccoli with a cinnamon stick!
Add a cinnamon stick to the pan when you’re cooking vegetables. Here’s one of my faves:
4 cups broccoli florets, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, 3 garlic cloves minced, 1/8 tsp cinnamon
After Dinner Treat: Cinnamon tea
Looking for comfort foods or something to make you feel cozy at night? Try tea! Warm liquids after dinner keep your digestive system on track. Cinnamon tea is super yummy and it strengthens your immune system.
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