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Curb your sugar cravings with one secret spice

Written by Tanya Lee

Does that 3pm slump have you reaching for a sweet little snack? Or maybe you are after dinner grazer? Whichever it is, I’m going assume that most of us experience the burden of the sweet tooth every now and then.

While I am very partial to the occasional sweet treat, I am very aware of the key word here… occasional. So today I am going to share with you a secret that keeps my cravings at bay.

It is a magic sugar craving pill? No.

A carbohydrate heavy lunch? No.

What about a draw full of ‘just in case’ treats? No.

It’s something that everyone is familiar with, something that most of you will have in your cupboard, something that is very affordable and delicious. It goes by the name of… Cinnamon!

The Secret Spice

Cinnamon, or Cinnamomum verum, is sourced from the bark of the cinnamon tree. Primarily used as a for cooking, this aromatic spice is also available as an essential oil, tea, capsule or extract.

In herbal medicine, Cinnamon is commonly utilised to calm the digestive system and modulate insulin, a hormone which helps convert glucose to energy. Due to these actions, Cinnamon aids in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, insulin resistance and digestive weakness.

Whilst you may not fall under the category of these conditions, Cinnamon is the perfect addition for those in need of some sugar-craving support. As multiple studies show, Cinnamon has the ability to lower blood glucose and insulin sensitivity, therefore supporting the body in reducing sugar cravings. Additionally, the constituents found in cinnamon also produce antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Go-to Recipes

So, how do I add a little cinnamon into my day?

1. Add it to Breakfast

Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to your food. Think porridge, chia puddings and smoothies or toast.

2. Think Savoury

Cinnamon isn’t confined to just breakfast foods. I like to sprinkle some on my sweet potato chips, in my soups and even in curries.

3. Enjoy some warming drinks

In the morning I like to start my day with a glass of warm water with Manuka honey, fresh lemon and dash cinnamon (delicious). In the afternoon, the first thing I reach for is any three of Heal’rs spice blends, as they all contain cinnamon.​

Now it’s time for you to give it a go. This spice is simple, accessible and delicious. Remember to share with Heal’r your wonderful creations.

Disclaimer: Please note that moderation is key and always consult a professional if you have individualised health concerns.

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