Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Sally Cinnamon Your The One...

Ian Brown may have made forever immortalised the spice in song but the real spice has far sweeter side effects. Researchers found 3g (about 1 1/2 level tsp) is enough to steady blood sugar and delay gastric emptying-which means you it helps reduce hunger & cravings.
I must stress this doesn't work you get your cinnamon fix via sticky buns, muffins and carrot cake!
The good news is cinnamon is often a main spice in many festive dishes but aside from the obvious cinnamon with porridge, cinnamon on your chicken what else can you do to mix it up? Easy, have a go of these:


Cinnamon toast

Stick a slice of spelt (ideal as its Ph balanced) or wholewheat bread in the toaster. While you wait for the bread to pop up, mash a banana with 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon. Spread the ‘banana butter’ over the toasted bread.


Sweet potato soup

Fry a chopped onion and garlic in oil; stir in 1/2 tsp cinnamon and add chili, ground ginger. Add 200g sweet potatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Pour in 100ml each of chicken stock and coconut milk; simmer for 8 minutes, then blend. It sure beats a supermarket sarnie.


Moroccan baked chicken

Brown 2 chicken breasts in oil. Then chop half an onion and carrot, and fry with 1 tsp each of cinnamon, paprika, cumin, garlic and ginger. Stick in 100g brown rice and put in a casserole dish with the chicken, a tin of tomatoes and 500ml stock. Cook at 200°C for 35 minutes. Remember to have a side of green veg! This should serve 2!

BIG TIP!!!! Don't eat desert to close to your main course if you ave had a carbohydrate such as potato, pasta, rice. Have some water and leave stuffing the desert in until later when your body can 'handle' the extra calories.


Sweet and spicy quinoa

Simmer 75g quinoa with 1tsp cinnamon in 150ml water for 15 minutes. Stir in 50ml coconut; simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 tbsp honey, a handful of chopped nuts & half an apple diced up. Cook for 10 minutes.

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