According to Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medicine, spices have a very important role in maintaining our balance. They have powerful healing powers as well as impart flavors and wonderful smells at mealtimes.

What happens is that many people do not know how to use them, nor know the benefits of each and how to prepare them with the food. With this in mind, I decided to make a short series of posts dealing with some of the spices I  most  use in my daily life and give tips on how you can (and should)  include them in your diet.

Continuing the posts on spices, today I will talk about one of my favorites and more present in my kitchen: cinnamon. Sweet, spicy and astringent cinnamon is one of the oldest spices in the world. The tree is native from Sri Lanka where it was found thousands of years ago.

Stimulating, sudorific, diuretic, expectorant and analgesic. By having the power to dry mucous it is effective in respiratory tract infection treatments which makes it a natural expectorant, it helps fight cholesterol with the presence of antioxidants, and improves digestive disorders such as flatulence, diarrhea, and spastic problems due to its antibacterial effect, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory.

It also helps to prevent and combat diabetes by controlling the blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity. This spice native from Asia also contributes to weight loss by having a thermogenic action;  it is able to increase the energy expenditure of the body during digestion and metabolism.

As if you did not already have plenty of reasons to consume cinnamon, it has a wonderful flavor that harmonizes with a variety of foods. My favorite combination is with fruit. Try:

  • Mashed banana with cinnamon and oats
  • Apple cubes sautéed in the pan with cinnamon and almonds
  • Mashed pear with cinnamon and raisins
  • Papaya with cinnamon, sunflower seeds and dates.

These are combinations that I use a lot at home, but use your creativity and try new flavors. You’ll be amazed.

In addition to fruits, cinnamon also combines with warmer foods, such as heated dairy free milks and teas.

  • Almond milk smoothie with banana and cinnamon
  • Tea cinnamon sticks with ginger (all boil and let reduce slightly) – great to treat colds.

Also use in cakes, breads, pastries, smoothies and whatever else your imagination allows!

Om Shanti