I’ve been eating so much green lately so this evening after a rather long day at the office I felt like I needed a pick me up with added spice 😉 … literally.
A smoothie largely surrounded by the spice called Cinnamon came to mind. Cinnamon is a glorious spice that is made from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum. Doesn’t it even sound cool? I think it does anyway 🙌
It’s an ancient ingredient used throughout history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt where it used to be rare and valuable, and was regarded as a ‘gift fit for Kings’. You can gather now that I read a lot of books on the subject of ancient history. I do because they were onto something and they didn’t have as many diseases or illnesses that we do nowadays and it was largely because of their diet. We can learn much from the ancients.
Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of the cinnamomum tree. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed from it. When it’s then left to dry, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called ‘cinnamon sticks’. The sticks can be then ground to form cinnamon powder. Or else the sticks are also sold and these can be used for all sorts of things such as sauces and mulled drinks to add that cinnamon flavour.
This is what cinnamon looks like:
To me, Cinnamon is a bit of an all rounder when it comes to its health benefits too. As I mentioned before, my Mother is Type 2 diabetic and I always do my best to look for diabetic friendly foods for her. Cinnamon is well known for its blood sugar lowering effects. So it was a no brainer really to try and add it to food when cooking for her! It’s also an amazing anti- inflammatory and works a treat after a hefty gym session.
Apart from the beneficial effects on insulin resistance, cinnamon can lower blood sugar and it even decreases the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. It does this by interfering with numerous digestive enzymes, which slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract.
Numerous human trials have confirmed the anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 10-29%
Bottom Line folks : in the world of spices cinnamon is KING!
Figs also contain prebiotics, which help support the pre-existing good bacteria in the gut, improving digestive wellness.
- 3 fresh figs, cut in pieces
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 generous bunch of organic spinach
- 1 large cup of almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of Acai powder
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve!