Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I had a very active and Vitamin D filled weekend as I spent most of it out in the sun! Of course, I did not forget the sun block.  After running errands all day Saturday, my boyfriend and I took a long stroll along the Charles River which provided a great opportunity to get in a good two mile walk along with some prime people watching as we caught the tail end of Earthfest.

Sunday was a lazy morning but a good opportunity to make some cinnamon spice filled pancakes! I used a gluten-free mix from Trader Joe’s (my bf is on a gluten free diet) and made a few different kinds: cinnamon, chocolate chip and blueberry. I kept cinnamon as my base spice because of its savory and sweet notes. Check out our concoctions below!

Heating things up…..

Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes! Yum! Large, Manly pancake for the Man… My pancakes …

Warning: These gluten free pancakes do not reheat well in the microwave!! Mine was rock hard the next morning after I popped it into the microwave!

Here’s some spicy notes to fill your cinnamon curiosity:

Cinnamon is an anti-oxidant powerhouse! Rich in polyphenols to combat oxidative stress (seeing a pattern?!), it mainly gathers its healing properties from essentials oils found in the bark. Oxidative stress causes inflammation in the body that leads to inflammatory diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The properties found in these essential oils aid in digestion, blood sugar control and anti-microbial and anti-clotting activity. The warming properties of cinnamon are thought to enhance digestion by improving the metabolism of fats and are typically used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Some studies suggest seasoning a high carbohydrate meal with cinnamon may lessen the impact of glucose (or sugar) spikes in the blood. It is thought to do this by decreasing the rate at which food is emptied from the stomach. By reducing blood glucose spikes in the blood (think mountains and valleys) and keeping more even blood sugar levels (think low rolling hills) one may see an improvement in energy levels because the blood sugar dips may be avoided.   More research needs to be done in order to gather conclusive evidence regarding the use of cinnamon to aid in Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 and 2. Caution: cinnamon should not be used in large amounts during pregnancy.

As for the rest of my day, pancakes were followed by another long stroll along the Charles with a friend, tennis with the BF and yoga to keep me limber! Woo, my body was tired but it felt good to be active and soak up the beautiful weather! I hope you enjoyed your weekend too!

Keep it spicy,

RDMeg

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