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    Kristen Bocanegra
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Fun Fact: Cinnamon

Did you know the word cinnamon is derived from the Greek word meaning "sweet wood?" It makes sense given that cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the...wait for it...cinnamon tree.Fun Fact: Cinnamon

Praised for it's many health benefits, cinnamon is known for it's anti-microbial properties, ability to help lower cholesterol, aid in balancing hormone levels and help with digestion.

And while you may only have a sprinkle of it here and there, cinnamon is also loaded with manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and zinc - all great nutrients for pregnant and nursing moms.

Most of us associate this wonderful spice with apple pie and wintry treats, but cinnamon is a wonderful addition to your Spring and Summer recipes. Try adding cinnamon to your summer fruit salads (especially milk boosting blueberries and apricots), your favorite vinaigrette (over a shaved fennel salad - also great for nursing moms), or put some in your next BBQ sauce and experience a wonderful pop of flavor. I personally love adding it to cold quinoa salads with a touch of cardamom or to any of my chicken dishes.

Have fun with "sweet wood" in the kitchen and add a little more depth to your already tasty food creations.

Here are a few great recipes from momme meals that use this fabulous spice:

 

Summer Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Toasted Grapefruit w/ Cinnamon, Chia & Almond Crumble

Overnight Oatmeal: Ginger Cobbler Crunch


  • Author avatar
    Kristen Bocanegra
  • The Basics: Food & Nutrition

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