If you’re like me, the cold and darkness have got you wanting to grab a blanket and cozy up by a fire until Spring. Fortunately, since it is not reasonable to spend all of Fall and Winter like this (too bad!), there are other (and more socially acceptable) ways of finding warmth and comfort.
Often times one of the best alternatives is through food and drink. Typically we think of hot foods like soup when wanting something to take away the chill, but spices can be a great way to heat things up, too. One such invigorating spice is cinnamon. It is a pantry staple with a flavor that is sometimes overlooked, and it’s got some pretty cool traits, too:
- Cinnamon sticks are the dried bark of an evergreen tree.
- In ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used to preserve dead bodies.
- Cinnamon can be used to repel ants.
- Cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage and fights against E. coli.
- Cinnamon contains manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Many people automatically think of sweets like cinnamon rolls (and we’ve got a rockin’ recipe for that) when thinking of the spice, and while it does have its place in sweet treats, cinnamon can also be the perfect addition to heartier dishes like chili. So, whether you’re looking to ignite your insides with something sweet and spicy or repel pesky ants, cinnamon may be just what you need. Want to find out even MORE about cinnamon? Check out this enlightening post from well-being secrets.
For some cooking-with-cinnamon inspiration, watch the videos below.
|You can feel good about eating sweets that are made from whole foods. These beauties are filled with whole dates and raisins to give them natural sweetness and ample fiber. They take a little time – but don’t most good things? To get the recipe, click here.||Star anise, black peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom pods and whole cloves buzzed in a small grinder to release flavor, simmered with fresh ginger and served with honey and milk. This is the real deal. To print recipe, click here.||A combination inspired by Southern hemisphere gods, perfect for a northern hemisphere fall or winter supper. Roast and dig in!To get the recipe, click here.|