Spice: Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a very old spice way back the Egyptian era and it was also mentioned in the bible as medicine. The spice was very popular that it spread throughout the whole world. The spice is from the branches of tree called Cinnamomum which is common to South East Asia, Carribean, and South America. There are different types of species of cinnamon and the two main types are Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) and Cassia Cinnamon or Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum). Cinnamomum verum came from the Latin word “verus” which means true. This is often used in herbal medical tradition. In addition, this specie is very expensive that is why others tend to use the other type of cinnamon which is the Cassia cinnamon for their culinary needs.

Cinnamon does wonders because first of all, it contains magnesium, fiber, calcium and antioxidants. It has many benefits like it lowers bad cholesterol by “improving serum glucose, lowering fasting blood glucose, and reducing triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol” (Carina Parikh, MScN, MSiMR, 2016) and blood sugar by insulin reduction, antibacterial, antifungal and its scent boosts our brain’s function. It can also help protect our hearts and helps our colon by its fiber.

I chose this spice because I am able to experience wonders of this spice. Based from my experience, cinnamon with honey makes my skin feel better, it is a flexible spice which you can add either in sweet or savory dishes, and it’s always available in the market.

 

Apple Cinnamon Granola Parfait

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(c) Shekinah Ramirez

Ingredients

115g apples, cubed                                                        5g unsalted butter

5g cinnamon                                                                  15g coconut sugar

125 g plain yogurt, divided into two portions     30g granola

25g trail mix (mixed dried fruits and nuts)

Method

  1. Cook your apple by melting your butter, adding sugar and add the apples. Wait until just the apples soften and add the cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Assemble your parfait by putting the granola first in the glass followed by a portion of plain yogurt, add the trail mix and another portion of the yogurt. Use your apple cinnamon as your topping.

 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrOU0o7_th8

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=68&tname=foodspice

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266069.php

http://www.ritajam.com/?tcp_product=ground-cinnamon

 

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