Add Cinnamon To Coffee Grounds = Health Benefits & Added Flavor!

by at July 11, 2013 in Food, Food Tips, Health, My Tips

 

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If you read the recent Yahoo article titled “12 Foods Nutritionists Eat,” then you might have already tried this. Cinnamon is one of the top 12 foods Nutritionists eat, and with all these health benefits I can see why.

 

They recommended putting cinnamon in your coffee grounds before brewing. I’ve done this the past few days and LOVE the added flavor to my coffee + the health benefits.

 

– Cinnamon has an effect on blood sugar that makes it a potential help in the battle against weight, insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome
– Cinnamon reduces blood sugar and increases insulin levels
– Reduces Bad Cholesterol while keeping the good cholesterol stable
– Boosts the Immune System while removing fatique & increasing longevity
– Treats colds & Influenza
– Helps Brain Function & Memory (this I need!)
– Helps the digestive system- removes flatulence, indigestion, soothes the tummy
– Suppresses the bacteria that causes UTI and fungus associated with yeast infections
– Natural Pain Reliever- I’ve personally used cinnamon for toothaches & cramps and have had instant relief, whereas tylenol or advil take a while to kick in
– Excellent source of manganese, calcium, fiber and iron
– And not to mention that adding cinnamon to coffee enhances the flavor! I was at Starbucks the other day and added a teaspoon of cinnamon to my coffee and it was fabulous!

This is definitely something worth trying, I LOVE it, and the fact that I’m getting some nutrients from it makes me feel even better about drinking my coffee. Instead of adding sugary creamers to your coffee, try adding 1/2 Tbsp. of Demerara Sugar (found in WinCo’s bulk section) and milk. It tastes GREAT!

 

 

Information from ezinearticles and yahoo

Going Gluten-Free & How We Plan On Doing This – A New Adventure!

 

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We are going gluten-free for this little cutie pie of mine. She suffers from many allergies, which causes sinus infections, which causes fever, and which causes her seizures. I’ve heard from friends and through online research that going gluten-free could actually help her allergies because her body wouldn’t be fighting the gluten in her system, but the actual allergens that give her so much trouble.

 

Basically I’m tired of her being on allergy medicines morning and night, and I want her to feel healthy. So here we go on this journey of gluten free and a low sugar diet, or should I say lifestyle.

 

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I remembered from a few weeks ago that the 99 Cent Store had some gluten-free products, so I went this morning and they had more than I thought! We found Udi’s Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls and Tortillas. Plus I found Glutino Bread.

 

I have several gluten-free recipes, but I’d love to hear your favorites!!! What “scares” me is all the different flours recipes call for. I want to keep it simple. PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES WITH ME!!!! As I learn, in return I’ll share tried and approved recipes with you.

Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water In The Mornings – This Is What I Do!

by at May 28, 2013 in Food, Health, My Tips, Recipes

 

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I got into this habit of drinking lemon water a few weeks ago, and there is no going back. The health benefits are just too good, and it’s a refreshing way to start the day (unlike my usual sugary coffee).

 

Remember this:

 

Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation. Source: Tasty-Yummies

 

After reading up on this for quite some time I decided to give it a try, and I really feel like I’m doing something good for my body. I now actually crave it each morning!

 

Health Benefits:

  • Aids Digestion
  • Cleanses Your System / is a Diuretic
  • Boosts Your Immune System
  • Balances pH Levels –cancer grows in acidic bodies, keeping your pH levels alkaline prevents such disease.
  • Clears Skin
  • Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood
  • Promotes Healing
  • Freshens Breath
  • Hydrates Your Lymph System
  • Aids in Weight Loss

How To Do It: 

Each morning I fill 1 cup of water in a mug and microwave for about 1 minute. I want the water to just be warm, NOT hot. Then squeeze 1/2 the juice from 1 lemon into mug, only use fresh lemon juice. DO NOT throw the squeeze lemon half away, put it in your garbage disposal in your sink, this will freshen it right up!

 

Sometimes I add a little honey as well to sweeten it. Honey has many health benefits of its own! Also, I drink mine through a straw. This helps keep the citrus off my teeth, which can break down the enamel. A good idea is to not eat anything for at least 30 minutes after drinking your lemon water. This allows your body to absorb the water before consuming anything else.

 

Do you drink warm lemon water?

 

For a full list of details on the health benefits go HERE.