And we are back again. Happy Thursday folks, how is your week coming along? Anything exciting planned for this weekend? Well this week we bring to you an easy but sumptuous salad you can make a part of your meal. You can have this for lunch or dinner or even for a healthy snack. All it takes is 15 mins to get this going. Also what better way to get those yummy blueberries in your meal before the season ends eh? This salad is pretty versatile and so you can easily make it vegetarian by replacing the sausage with vegetarian sausages or add greens to it. There are plenty of veggie sausages available in the market, try them out if you haven’t before.
I know this picture is tempting you to taste it..and I wont hold you back, here comes the ingredients and the recipe. Enjoy!
Blueberry Couscous Salad
1 cup dried Israeli couscous
1 1/4 cups water
¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
salt and fresh cracked pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon capers
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
small handful coarsely chopped fresh parsley
Bring water to a boil. Season water with a good pinch of salt, 1 tbsp of olive oil and add dried couscous. Close the lid and switch off the stove let the couscous cook for about 12 minutes. Fluff the couscous and transfer it to a bowl.
Add cheese (if using), salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice to the couscous. Stir to combine. Add capers, and lemon zest and stir to combine. Finally, stir in the pecans, blueberries, and parsley. Season to taste.
Chill until ready to serve. When ready, serve it with Italian sausage or mixed greens.
Happy Thursday folks! Hope you all enjoyed our last post about Uttapam. I got quite a few requests last week asking suggestions for the chutneys and sides that go with Uttapam. So this week we bring to you some delicious and easy to make sides that goes well not only with Uttapams but most of the other Indian breakfast items. So without further ado, here you go…
The first one the list of sides is the ever so tasty peanut chutney. You can make this chutney at home and store in your fridge for up to a week if you’d like.
For those of you who are allergic to peanuts do not get disheartened you can make coconut chutney instead. Follow below process to make coconut chutney by omitting peanuts and replacing it with same quantity of chopped or grated fresh coconut.
Now to make this chutney you will need –
For Peanut Chutney:
Peanuts – 1.5 cups
Dry chillies – 4
Green chillies – 4
Tamarind juice – 2 spoons
Cumin – 1/2 spoon
Fresh grated coconut – 4 tbsp
Salt to taste
Cumin – 1/4 spoon
Mustard seeds – 1/4 spoon
Hing (asafoetida) – 2-3 pinches
Curry leaves – 4-5
2-3 tsp oil
Dry roast the peanuts with dry red chillies and green chillies.
Remove the peanut skin after roasting them.
Then in a mixer grinder jar – put the roasted peanuts, dry red chillies, green chillies, cumin, coconut, tamarind juice and salt and make a nice smooth paste of it. Add a tad bit of water while grinding if it is too thick.
In a separate pan, add oil and let it heat up, then add cumin and mustard seeds. Once you hear the mustard seeds splutter, then add the hing and curry leaves and turn off your stove. Add this seasoning on top of the chutney.
You are all set! Enjoy your uttapam with the rich and aromatic peanut chutney.
For those of you who are allergic to peanuts do not get disheartened you can make coconut chutney instead. just omit the peanuts in the recipe and replace it with same quantity of chopped or grated fresh coconut.
The next side dish is an all time favorite, potato curry. This curry is pretty versatile and goes with both uttapam and dosas and also roti/naan bread if you prefer. The spicy tangy taste make it all the more delightful.
2 large potatoes boiled
3-4 green chilies
3/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 tsp ginger finely chopped (optional)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds,
5-6 curry leaves
2 tbsp coriander leaves
Pinch of turmeric (optional)
1 tbsp oil
Heat oil in a pan fry mustard until seeds pop then add ginger and fry few seconds.
Now add chopped onion, curry leaves and green chillies fry till onion is transparent.
Chop or mash potato but make sure it is not like paste. Add the mashed potato the pan.
Add turmeric(optional) and salt to the potato mix well to incorporate.
Add coriander before taking the curry of the stove.
Serve hot with dosa or uttapam.
Note – You will get all of these ingredients in the indian store. Also, caution while making the seasoning, it will start to splutter vigorously as you add curry leaves to it. So cautiously move back once you add the leaves and leave it there for a few seconds before you turn off the stove.
Happy Thursday dear friends! Hope you are having a great week. This week we decided to treat you to some yummy Indian breakfast item ‘Uttapam’. We made this dish regularly when my parents were over. It is a healthy and filling breakfast item. Uttapam is essentially made with rice and urad dal and is a very versatile pancake as you can add the toppings of your choice. The colorful uttapam packs a punch with the necessary carbohydrates from rice and protein with the lentil. I topped my pancakes with grated carrots, chopped green chillies and garnished it with a drizzle of roughly chopped cilantro. You can have these pancakes as is or try them out with some spicy chutney and yogurt. Try this out and let me know how you liked it!
For the Uttapam
1.5 cups White Rice
1.5 cups Cooked Rice (preferably white)
4 tbsp White lentils (urad dal)
salt – to taste
For the toppings
Grated carrots – 1 cup
Green chillies – finely chopped 1-2 depending on how spicy you’d like it to be
Cilantro/coriander – roughly chopped 1/2 cup
Red onion – 1 finely chopped
Wash the rice and white lentils and soak them separately in different bowls for 4 hours.
After 4 hours, drain all the water completely and grind both the soaked rice white lentil, cooked rice and salt in very little water (approx 2-3 tbsp) just enough to get the batter moving. Ensure the batter is thick and also not too smooth it should have coarse texture.
Place the batter in a bowl and leave it to ferment over night. The batter after fermentation should rise by and inch to two with a foamy top. [tip: Leave it in a warmer place, either in a closet or turn on the light in your oven and leave it in overnight..this helps in faster fermentation]
Uttapam tastes better with a slight sour batter so if you want you could use it for making idlis for the first two days and leave the rest of the batter in the fridge to get sour. Or leave the whole batter outside for another day and it will turn sour.
Spray oil on a hot skillet and Pour half a cup of batter. Top the batter with onion, chillies, carrots and cilantro.
Note: If the batter ends up being too smooth it might spread flat on the skillet. In order to avoid this situation you can use a pancake ring. Place ring on skillet. Based on the size of the ring pour 1/4th to 1/2 cup of batter. Once batter is set you can remove the ring and flip the uttapam.
Now close with a lid and let the uttapam cook completely. If desired you can flip and let top side crisp as well. Else once the bottom is nice and brown and the batter is completely cooked through. Uttapam is ready!
Your uttapam is now ready to be served with sides of your choice. Try it with peanut chutney,and Potato curry or pickle.
Have a great breakfast you guys!
Notes:You can find all the ingredients and chutneys in the Indian stores near you.
Happy Thursday friends! How are you all doing? This week has been quite warm for us and it is a delight to see all the plants and trees soak up the light and grow with it. While on the topic of being warm, what would compliment this weather better than some cold ice cream. What say?
Presenting to you, our avocado and nanaicecream! This is a blend of my two favorite and power packed ingredients, avocado and banana. Both of them are so rich in potassium and many other nutrients. This recipe is a great way to include these two superfoods in your regular diet. You can also add more fruits as toppings depending on your choice. For this, I added a bunch of berries including blueberries, cherries and goji berries. I went cherry picking recently and I had a great lot of fresh and juicy cherries at home so I was all the more motivated to add them to this recipe. Well without further ado, go ahead and checkout our recipe and let us know how you liked it!
1/2 cups soy milk and more as needed
1 1/2 frozen avocado
1 small frozen banana
1/2 cup ice
1 tbsp honey (optional)
Iced Cherries (Let the cherries sit in a bowl of ice for 10 minutes before serving)
Add everything to the blender except for toppings. Blend until smooth and top it with the toppings of your choice and enjoy!
Happy Friday dear friends! How has your week been? I have had a great time the past two weeks traveling and doing fun activities with my parents. One of the activities we did was to go strawberry picking! Strawberry picking at Delange’s Redberry farm is a great way to engage with ur local community, gain access to fresh strawberries that are sweet, juicy and amazing. Great way for family to hang out together perfect weekend activity.
[/caption]Here are some of the pictures from our picking … mom & dad thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! Fruit picking is not a common activity in India and this was a completely new experience for them.
Well, end of the day we had a ton of strawberries at home and it was time to whip up something using these juicy fruits. Strawberry being a versatile fruit can be added to so many dishes and it doesn’t have to be desserts only. Here’s a salad that I made using these strawberries. Inspired by Panera bread’s premium signature summer salad. I just love salads at Panera and I tend to recreate most of them at home much more economical and what better than using ingredients right out of your pantry!
1 Grilled Chicken breast sliced
1 romaine lettuce head torn
1/2 cup fresh strawberries sliced
1/4 cup blueberries,
2 tbsp pineapple chunks
2-3 orange segments peeled and sliced
2 tbsp pecans roughly chopped
2 tbsp poppy-seed dressing
Mix all ingredients in a salad bowl and drizzle on top with dressing. Enjoy!
Thursday is here again! Hope you are all gearing up for a a fantastic July 4th weekend. The weather gods have been kind on us and we are going to have beautiful weather this weekend so I am super excited to do lots of outdoor activities. While on the topic of celebration, here is a dish you could make and serve at your July 4th parties as finishing meal apart from all the grilling (have you tried our Grilled Chicken Legs )that you have planned.
It is an Indian dish called ‘Egg pulusu’ my mom often makes and we all love it at home. Now that my mom is here visiting us, I am having the best food at home everyday. Also, we have had increasing demand for Indian recipes off late so this is for all our followers!
Egg pulusu as you must have already guessed is a dish made out of egg. ‘Pulusu’ is a telugu word essentially meaning curry using tamarind juice. It is simple with some mild spices and great to taste. After moving to the US this dish has become one of my go to recipes. I make a big batch of this pulusu and freeze half of it for a lazy weeknight. All you have to do is defrost the curry reheat and add boiled eggs.. Voila!!! simple isn’t it. It goes well with both rice and roti/naan bread.
Go ahead and try this out this weekend and let us know how you liked it!
Have a great weekend friends!
6 Boiled eggs,
1 medium size onion(sliced and fried in little oil)
3-4 medium size tomatoes(blanch and puree)
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
8-10 Curry leaves
2 tbsp. chopped Cilantro/Coriander
1 tbsp. Ginger Garlic paste
1 tbsp. Coriander powder*
pinch of cumin fenugreek powder*
1tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp. groundnut powder*
2 tbsp. Sesame seeds powder*
1tbsp. dry coconut powder
2tbsp. tamarind juice
Note: * dry fry all ingredients before making a powder.
In a blender add fried onions, groundnut powder, Sesame seeds powder and coconut powder blend until smooth paste add couple of tbsp. of water if needed.
Heat a pan on medium high with oil. To it add mustard, cumin and curry leaves, fry until mustard seeds pop. Add ginger garlic paste fry until lightly browned.
Change the flame to low and add turmeric, chili powder fry for a minute. Now add prepared onion paste and salt let the paste fry for 5 minutes.
Now add tamarind juice and tomato puree to the pan and mix well.
Add coriander powder, cumin fenugreek powder and 1 cup water, mix everything well let it cook 10 minutes.
Once the gravy is well cooked and ready taste and adjust seasoning as needed once desired taste and consistency is reached add slit boiled eggs and allow to cook for a 2-3 minutes.
Before removing the curry of the stove add little garam masala powder and fresh coriander.
Serve hot with Indian bread (Naan, roti, chapati), plain rice, flavored rice or any carbs of your choice.
Happy Friday folks! How has your week been? Today we have for you a middle eastern salad called the Fattoush Salad. You will find this salad on the menu if you go to any middle eastern restaurant. For all my vegetarian friends who are looking for a quick meal and for all my meat eating friends looking for a recipe for your meatless days of the week, here is one you can refer to. This lemony, zesty nutritious salad is quite a filling one so you can easily make this a part of your meal or your whole meal itself. Below, in this recipe, I have explained how to make this salad two ways. I like them both ways, and I choose one over the other depending on how much time I have to pack my meal. So go ahead and try it and let me know how you liked it!
For the Fattoush Salad
2 cups of buttermilk or 1.5 cups of labneh
2-3 pita bread
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4-5 radishes, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh fava beans, blanched
2 mini cucumbers, peeled and chopped into cubes
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
3 tbsp roughly chopped mint
3 tbsp roughly chopped cilantro
1 tbsp dried mint
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
3-5 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
¾ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1½ tsp salt
1 tbsp sumac or more to garnish
Tear the bread into bite-size pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Add your buttermilk, followed by all the ingredients, mix well and leave for 10 minutes for all the flavors to combine. Spoon the fattoush into serving bowls, drizzle with olive oil and garnish generously with sumac.
Whisk all the ingredients under the dressing. To the dressing add tomatoes, radishes, fava beans, green onions and cucumber. Mix well to coat, let the salad rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. Right before you serve, spread labneh in the serving bowl and top it with the prepared salad. Sprinkle with sumac and a drizzle olive oil. Serve with warm pita bread on the side.
It’s the weekly recipe time again! Hope you are all enjoying our wide variety of weekly recipes. As usual, we would love to hear from you about what you like about our recipes and what kinds of cuisines or recipes you would like to see in the future.
Well without further ado, we bring to you the simple, yet delicious Blueberry pancakes. Today’s breakfast recipe is intended for a weekend or a day when you have a little bit of time to spend in the kitchen. This is not something you quickly put together, but something you spend time making and then savour bite by bite. This also makes for a great breakfast in bed recipe..All of you planning for a father’s day surprise for your dads, make a note!
Alright then, go ahead and checkout our recipe and let us know how you liked it!
For the Mini – Blueberry Pancakes:
1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
3 tbsp sugar
1-1/2 cup whole milk (plus more as needed)
few drops of vanilla extract
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup blueberries (plus more for topping)
Heat heavy skillet over medium heat.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
In a another bowl, mix milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix to combine.
Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Add more milk if needed. Stir in blueberries. Check to make sure batter is not too thick add more milk if needed.
Place the cookie cutter on skillet and spray oil inside cutter and spoon in couple of tablespoons of batter. Let it cook for a minute, once lightly browned remove the ring and turn the pancake to fry on both sides until golden.
Stack three or more pancakes, add blueberries on top and serve with warm maple syrup.
Happy Thursday friends! Hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather and all the nature’s beauty around. My husband and I love our evening walks with Gizmo (our little pup) breathing in all the freshness the season has to offer. Well, this week my hubby dear was craving some Ethiopian food and so this week’s recipe is a dish from Ethiopia called Doro Wat.
Ethiopian cuisine is something we enjoy at home and outside too. The flavors and spices are very close to Indian and that makes it more enjoyable for us. India and Ethiopia have had long connections going back many many years with Indians moving to Ethiopia to do technical work and spice trade. Incidentally, bollywood movies seem to be very famous in there….So don’t be surprised if you are greeted by a namaste next time you are there. The recipe below is basically a curry served on the side of a savory pancake. Something similar to a dosa except it is baked. We frequent (Ethiopian restaurant) regularly and I got my spice mix (berbere) from them. However, you can find it in the international food sections in your grocery store or there are plenty of blogs that provide the recipe for spice mix if you would like to make it at home.
Well, I hope you are all waiting to try this dish out, so go ahead and checkout the recipe and let me know how you liked it!
For the Doro Wat:
6-8 drumsticks, skin off
1/3 cup butter
2 large red onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp. of ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp. berbere(spice mix) (or more if you want the dish extra hot)
1.5 cups of water
3 boiled eggs
Heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, and let them cook undisturbed for 1 to 2 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and keep stirring onions around every 3-4 minutes.
Once the onions have softened and significantly reduced in volume, about 15 minutes, turn the heat to medium-low.
Now add ginger garlic paste and continue cooking for another 20 minutes until golden brown and nicely caramelized.
Add berebere to the onion mixture and mix well. If you feel the spices are burning add few tbsp. of water. Do not add too much water at a time add small amounts as and when needed to ensure nothing is burning.
Add drumsticks to the pot and give it a quick stir to ensure the drumsticks are well coated with the prepared onion mixture.
Add a cup of water to the pot and close the lid. Let them cook for about 45 minutes. Check the drumsticks half way thru to make sure none of them are stuck to the bottom add remaining water if needed.
Peel the boiled eggs and give it inserts on both sides.
Add the boiled eggs to the pot during the last 10 minutes of the cooking process. Give everything a quick stir and taste to adjust seasoning if needed.
Once ready serve hot with injera and other side dishes of your choice.
Cinnamon has been one of my favorite spices that I love to use in my recipes. I absolutely love the aroma it brings in and the flavor it adds to the recipes. Recently, I came across another use of this very unassumingly brilliant piece of bark. I was suffering with mild throat irritation and cough and I wasn’t too keen on taking medicines and was looking for some home remedies to soothe my condition. My mom recommended me a great one! She suggested I made a powder of dry roasted cinnamon and cloves with a spoon of honey twice every day. I tried it for 2 days and voila! It worked like magic. The ingredients are something you will find in your kitchen and this can be used for kids and adults alike. It intrigued me to read and learn more about cinnamon and I found this great article listing all the health benefits.
Blood Sugar Control – Several studies have found that Cinnamon has properties that help those with insulin resistance. It is therefore very popular with Type 2 diabetics who take it to control their blood sugar variations.Ceylon Cinnamon is particularly popular because it has low levels of Coumarin. compared to Cassia Cinnamon found in your grocery store. In case you did not know, Coumarin in high doses can cause liver damage. This study found Cassia Cinnamon was more effective than Ceylon Cinnamon at controlling blood sugar for a given amount of Cinnamon. An easy solution is to therefore double your dosage of Ceylon Cinnamon, since even doubling the dosage will not come close to the high Coumarin levels found in Cassia Cinnamon.
In another study Ceylon Cinnamon was found to have an effect on blood sugar control in a rat model. If you are taking Ceylon Cinnamon for diabetes, take it in moderation as part of a healthy program of diet, proper nutrition and moderate exercise.According to Paul David at UC Davis in this NPR story of 2013, Cinnamon has a 3-5% effect on blood sugar levels, similar to an older generation of diabetes drugs. That could make it an ideal option for pre diabetics. For severe Type 2 diabetics, whether you can take enough cinnamon to make a difference is a decision you should make in consultation with your doctor.
Candida Yeast Infections – Cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. This applies to Escherichia coli bacteria and Candida albicans fungus. This study discovered that Cinnamon Oil was one of three leading essential oils effective against Candida. A second study found that Cinnamon Oil was effective against three strains of Candida, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Candida krusei. Real Ceylon Cinnamon Tea infused with Cinnamon Bark Oil could be an excellent way to fight internal Candida infections and boost your immune system. For topical applications (except genital areas and mucous membranes) 1% Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil mixed with a carrier oil could be an extremely effective treatment option.
Stomach Bug/Flu – By far and away the best remedy for a horrible stomach bug is Cinnamon. It make sense because Cinnamon is a powerful anti-bacterial. Research has shown Cinnamon is one of the most effective substances against (click the links for the research) Escherichia coli, Salmonella., Campylobacter . Another study found Cinnamaldehyde from Cinnamon Bark Oil in its various forms is effective against adenovirus. Another reason to have our Cinnamon tea which is infused with Cinnamon Bark Oil that has high levels of Cinnamaldehyde (between 40-50%). Read our Blog post on how to take Cinnamon for stomach bugs and flu.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – As a digestive cinnamon dramatically reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with IBS especially the bloating. It does this by killing bacteria and healing infections in the GI tract and enabling the gastric juices to work normally. A Japanese study apparently showed it to cure ulcers but this cannot be verified. But if you do have stomach cramps or upsets, a cup of Cinnamon tea 2-3 times per day will dramatically reduce the pain.
Cancer Preventer – Research shows that Cinnamon oil is a promising solution in the treatment of Tumors, Gastric Cancers and Melanomas. Research studies show that sugar maybe causing or sustaining cancer cells and cinnamon may have a mitigating effect by controlling blood sugar levels in the body. Another study found good results with leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. Cinnamon in its various forms has two chemical constituents called Cinnamaldehyde and Eugenol (From Cinnamon Oil). These have been used to develop nutraceuticals in this study that have proven fairly effective in fighting Human Colon Cancer Cells (Eugenol) and Human hepatoma cells (Cinnamaldehyde). So the evidence seems to suggest that Cinnamon is starving cancer cells of the sugar needed to sustain them.
Arthritis/Osteoporosis – The widely cited Copenhagen university study is a hoax. Most of the evidence that Cinnamon helps arthritis is from personal testimonials. Some people claim drinking Cinnamon tea helps the pain from arthritis while others claim a Cinnamon Oil based massage oil helps ease the pain.What we do know is that Cinnamon has high levels (73% DV in two sticks of Cinnamon) ofManganese which is used to build bones, blood and other connective tissues, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The body needs manganese for optimal bone health, so people who are deficient in the mineral are more likely to develop osteoporosis. Of course another factor causing Osteoporosis may be excessive dairy consumption.A study in 2008 listed in this pdf found that Alderhyde components of Ceylon Cinnamon bark extract suppresses RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis through NFATc1 down regulation.
Anti-Bacterial/Anti Microbial – Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil is a powerful anti-bacterial and makes a great natural disinfectant. Cinnamon oil had the best anti microbial activity among three oils against Escherichia coli , Staphylococcus aureus , Aspergillus oryzae , and Penicillium digitatum according to this abstract..Dilute it with water to disinfect kitchen counter tops, sinks, your refrigerator, door knobs, toys and many other things. If you have young children and don’t want to use harsh cancer causing chemicals use Cinnamon Oil. Cinnamon sticks are also a good anti bacterial but you would need a lot of it to make a difference. If you want a mild disinfect, like to wash your face, then a couple of Cinnamon sticks boiled in hot water might be an idea.
Food Preservative – Cinnamon is effective in inhibiting bacterial growth. This maybe one reason why it is widely used in food preparation in hot Asian countries. In Sri Lanka, virtually every dish has a pinch of Cinnamon in it. In addition to great flavor, Ceylon Cinnamon in combination with other spices like Turmeric and Chili may have been an indigenous solution to preserve food without a refrigerator. This study for using Cinnamon Oil coated paper as a preservative found a 6% Cinnamon Oil solution was responsible for complete inhibition of mold in sliced bread packaging. This study listed on Feb 2013 also found cinnamon oil effective in developing insect resistant food packaging film. Cinnamon also came on top in this study, even against All spice and Clove Oil as very effective for making edible food film.
Odor Neutralizer – Pure Cinnamon Leaf oil not only smells great but is an effective odor neutralizer as it kills bacteria that creates bad odors and not just mask odors. All you need is 2-5 drops of Cinnamon leaf oil mixed with water on a diffuser and within minutes all odors are neutralized. Alternatively spray diluted Cinnamon Leaf Oil and wipe down toilets, floors and kitchen counter tops, garbage cans and the interior of vehicles to rapidly remove foul odors. Far better than any chemical sprays. It also has the effect of improving your mood. Especially great as a cure for the winter blues.
Alertness, Memory & Cognitive Development – According to this study by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, Director of Undergraduate Research and associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. Cinnamon may keep you more alert and decrease your frustration when you are behind the wheel.
This hard to verify German study cited in this article those taking Cinnamon improved their response times and memory recall. While not scientific, our personal experience suggests pretty good results in alertness and concentration.
Anti-oxidant – With an ORAC value of 267536 μmol TE/100g (USDA 2007) cinnamon is one of the top seven anti-oxidants in the world. The suggestion is that Anti-oxidants reduce the formation of ” Free Radicals ” that cause cancer. This study found Cinnamon has sufficient anti-oxidant properties and makes for improved food palatability. This detailed Indian study(pdf) also found potential anti microbial and antioxidant properties of the volatile oils and oleoresins of cinnamon leaf and bark. But consider anti-oxidants as good for your whole body, repairing damage to virtually all parts of your body from skin to organs.
Weight Reducer – Cinnamon apparently has the effect of thinning your blood thereby increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow generally boosts your metabolism which is why it may be helpful in weight loss. This blood thinning property of Cinnamon also helps it in acting as an anti clotting agent especially for those suffering from heart disease. Care must be taken to NOT to Cinnamon with other blood thinning medication. The main ingredient that causes your blood to thin is Coumarin which is present in high doses in Cassia Cinnamon (4%) but not in Ceylon Cinnamon (0.04%). However Coumarin causes liver damage. So taking Cassia Cinnamon for weight loss may end up causing liver damage.This article cites Dr. Greenburg of Tufts University as saying it holds promising possibilities for weight loss.. We take a more in depth look here.
Massage Therapy – Cinnamon is a well known warming agent. Combined with a carrier oil it is highly effective in relaxing and relieving muscle pain. Some put a few drops in their bath to relax and to sooth tired and aching muscles.
Anti-Fungal – Got a bad case of athletes foot? Perhaps a toe nail fungus? Cinnamon’s powerful anti fungal properties are the perfect natural alternative to killing the athletes foot fungus. You can use Cinnamon sticks or even better a few drops of powerful Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil (not to exceed 1% cinnamon oil to water) and soak your feet. Usually good results in three days with the oil. Similar results for toe tail fungus. Click here to read our blog post on treating your toenail fungus with Cinnamon.
Lowering LDL cholesterol & triglycerides – According to a Mayo clinic article the only possible way Cinnamon could lower cholesterol is indirectly via how the body processes sugar and fat. But there is no direct effect on cholesterol. Still another study in Pakistan found Cinnamon reduced triglyceride (23-30%), LDL cholesterol (7-27%), and total cholesterol (12-26%). A review in 2011 found The consumption of cinnamon is associated with a statistically significant decrease in levels of total cholesterol, LDL-C, and triglyceride levels, and an increase in HDL-C (the good cholesterol) levels, but qualified it by saying that applying it to patient care is difficult. Still, worth a try in our book.
E-coli Fighter/Salmonella – One of the most effective E-coli fighters because of its anti microbial properties. Mix cinnamon oil with hydrogen peroxide and spray your cutting board and kitchen sink especially after you have cut meats. Spray it in your refrigerator. It’s safe and natural. This study found a concentration of 2 microl/ml from cinnamon was enough to inactivate Salmonella Enteritidis, E. coli, and L. innocua in apple and pear juices and 8 and 10 microl/ml from cinnamon for melon juice and tryptone soy broth.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease – Again the anti-bacterial properties of Cinnamon play a crucial role in getting rid of harmful bacteria without damaging your teeth or gums. It’s one of the reasons that Cinnamon Oil is often used in chewing gums, mouthwashes, toothpaste and breath mints.
Nutrients – One teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder (a realistic dose) has 0.33mg (16% DV) Manganese, 0.76 mg (4% DV) Iron, 24.56 mg (2% DV) Calcium. This data was calculated from this site. We have also presented USDA figures with RDA % (see chart here) which we think is more accurate, although we cannot confirm the Manganese levels in Cinnamon from any reliable source. Manganese apparently works as an enzyme activator and plays an important role in building good structure and bone metabolism. According to WebMD manganese is therefore useful for weak bones (osteoporosis), a type of “tired blood” (anemia), and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Insect Repellant – The anti microbial qualities of Cinnamon Leaf oil is often used for head lice treatment, black ant control, bed bugs, dust mites, and roaches. It is well known as a defense against mosquitoes’. This WebMD article sites a Taiwanese study which found that it not only kills Mosquito larvae but also acts as a bug repellant. This paper suggests that real Cinnamon Oil as opposed to Cinnamon extract is the best for a broad range anti microbial activity.
Cold, Sore Throat and Cough – At the first sign (within 5-10 minutes) of sniffles or an itch in your throat take some Cinnamon Tea or Cinnamon stick Tea. It is said to stop an impending illness in its tracks. Again this is related to the anti bacterial properties and warming properties of Cinnamon and its propensity to increase blood flow and thereby improve blood oxygen levels to fight illness. Chinese traditional medicine commonly recommends Cinnamon for phlegm coughs.
Alzheimer’s Disease –This article cites an Israeli study done at the University of Tel Aviv that found sufficient evidence to conclude that Cinnamon can delay the effects of five aggressive strains of Alzheimer’s inducing genes. Another study also finds that orally administered Cinnamon extract has had good success in correcting Cognitive Impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease in Animal Models.The latest findings indicate that two compounds found in cinnamon — cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin — may be effective in fighting Alzheimer’s. According to a study by Roshni George and Donald Graves in 2013, two scientists at UC Santa Barbara, Cinnamon has been shown to prevent the development of the filamentous “tangles” found in the brain cells that characterize Alzheimer’s.
PMS – Again because of the high levels of Manganese Cinnamon may be an excellent candidate to mitigate the effects of PMS. According to the University of Maryland web site women who ate 5.6 mg of manganese in their diets each day had fewer mood swings and cramps compared to those who ate only 1 mg of manganese. These results suggest that a manganese rich diet may help reduce symptoms of PMS. Another clinical study found that 46 patients with PMS had significantly lower amounts of calcium, chromium, copper, and manganese in their blood. You should not consume more than 11 mg of Manganese per day (about 12 cinnamon sticks) according NYU. FDA guidelines establishes a daily value of 2mg (about 2 Cinnamon sticks).
Depression/Reduced irritability/Mood Enhancer – Ancient folklore says the smell of Cinnamon is the best cure for the winter blues. The only scientific evidence we can find to support this theory is this study by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, Director of Undergraduate Research and associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. The study found that the scent of Cinnamon reduced driver irritability.But Cinnamon may be an excellent cure for depression in a more round about way. There is some evidence that certain types of gut bacteria may make you more susceptible to depression. Cinnamon as a powerful stomach anti bacterial may help you remove the bad bacteria. However since Cinnamon removes both bad and good bacteria from your stomach you would be advised to repopulate your body with good bacteria by drinking a good probiotic or eating fermented food after taking Cinnamon. Read our blog post on gut health here.
Virus Fighter – It is also becoming apparent that Cinnamon is also a potent virus fighter. AnIndian study based out of Pune India claimed that a Cinnamon derived procyanidin polymer can turn HIV infected people into HIV controllers (those who carry the Virus but do not develop full blown AIDS). This study found that Eugenol (the primary ingredient in Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil was effectives against Herpes. And Cinnamaldehye (the primary ingredient in Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil) was effective against the adenovirus in this study, an infection that is the most common cause of illness in the respiratory system. We take a closer look in our blog post here.
Parkinsons Disease– Although very little research has been done on Cinnamon as a solution for Parkinson’s Disease, Cinnamon should present an exciting possibility. This July 2014 study by Rush University Medical Center found that using cinnamon can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Cinnamon and ADHD – Some parents are begining to use Cinnamon as a supplementary treatment option for their children with ADHD or ADHD like symptoms. The best known study of issue is this study out of Taiwanese study which used cinnamon oil aromtherapy. We take a detailed look in detail on our blog post.
Well folks, hope you are all getting ready to make this amazing spice a part of your regular diet! Here’s to happy and healthy living.