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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2008-10-22

Try these Smart Sprinkles For Your Health

When I think of cinnamon, ginger and cloves I think of fall and winter with visions of pumpkin pie, cider, and cold nights snuggled under my covers. So, this is the perfect time of year to let you know all the benefits you can receive by sprinkling a little ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger on your favorite foods.

These spices used in pumpkin pie, gingerbread and other holiday treats contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants that even outscore the better known antioxidants like blueberries and pomegranate juice. Ground cinnamon tops the list, followed by cloves with ginger not far behind.

Try sprinkling a pinch of ground cloves over a baked sweet potato (I am not a sweet potato person but I hear this is good) or shake a little cinnamon into cocoa or hot tea. Another great treat is sautéed carrots with ground ginger (about ½ teaspoon per pound of veggies). Of course those are all the healthy choices but how about some pumpkin pie with extra ginger and cinnamon or some gingerbread cookies (now we are talking)!

Ref-Good Housekeeping magazine

25 comments:

Yu Ming Lui said...
I'm so glad to read this because I sprinkle cinnamon on my warm oats in the morning because eating it plain daily can get old.... good to know it has disease-fighting properties :)
Jacqueline said...
All these spices remind me of my grandma's house every thanksgiving. I miss those days.

I'm a sweet potato girl so I love baking them and sprinkling on a little cinnamon -- since they're already sweet, no sugar necessary. :-)
John said...
I agree with yu ming lui. Cinnamon on my oats with a little honey or real maple syrup for a bit of sweetness is a great start to my day.

The carrots sound good, I'll have to try that. I'm not much of a sweet potato person either.
Tammy said...
Someone just told me to sprinkle cinnamon on my hot chocolate and that it's supposed to taste good that way.
Sogeshirtsguy said...
sweet off to get my healthy cinnamon roll.
m said...
Ok...I will try it. thank you!
Sandi said...
This sounds great. I love cinnamon. Does it lose quality if it's been in the cabinet for awhile I wonder? I want to be able to get the full benefits and I do want to consume more antioxidants. Oh and I love sweet potatos ;)
liza said...
thanks for sharing this. i will definitely try it. sweet potatoes are abundant here. ;)

cheers.
ssgreylord said...
now you've made me hungry... (particularly for the pumpkin pie!:) ) thanks once again for your wisdom, heidi
Sherer said...
Ah a good idea! Throw away that damn butter! Thanks for the post as always looks like i need to catch up on the last on too. Thank you

Jesse
Rumpleteazer said...
I've always loved cinnamon, but don't use it as much as I could. I feel inspired to dig it out of the cupboard and experiment!

I am definitely a sweet potato person, but prefer them for savory things (if that isn't a contradiction).
Swubird said...
Health Nut:

Sounds yummy. I love cinnamon, but I recently heard that it should only be eaten when it's fresh. Have you ever heard of that?

To me, nearly everything tastes better with cinnamon.

Happy trails.
John said...
Heidi,
Your comment problem must be linked to your most recent post. I didn't have it sent to my Reader Account, but it showed up on the blogs I follow. However, when I try to connect from there I get that the page doesn't exist????
Thanks for letting me know John! I am not sure what to do but I will hopefully have it all fixed soon!
Jade said...
I love cinnamon alot! In fact I use them all the time with my baking ;)
MommaWannabe said...
By the way, i think I forgot to tell you that you have been awarde the Uber Amazing Blog Award ;)
Shinade said...
Oh I am sweet potato lover...yummyyyyy!

And they're also good to help with your cholesterol.

I am so glad I dropped by to learn that some of my favorite spices are also very good for me.:-)
foongpc said...
Pumpkin pie with extra ginger and cinnamon - hmmm, sounds yummy! : )
betchai said...
i love cinnamon and the smell of it.

also, we use a lot of ginger in our foods. my late mother would use to boil ginger and we drink the hot ginger juice whenever we get cold, it worked so far :)
Nancy Ellyn said...
YAY! The comments are working for me now! I love all those spices and have used them in teas, mulled wine, and many dishes featuring carrots, pumpkin, and yams.

Also, I have been known to put all of these lovely spices (cloves, cinnamon, ginger) into a pan of water and boil them. This gives your home a delicious scent without the by-products of scented candles.
Liza said...
sure heidi :) no problem.

hope you're having a great weekend :)
yanjiaren said...
I love spices and use them a lot. We use cinnamon too in Greek cuisine very often.
john b said...
Pumpkin pie, apple cider, cinnamon and ginger, I love this time of year! Who knew we are indulging in such healthy choices?
viveca said...
I like to add a cinnamon stick to my cup of tea and I often sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices. Read somewhere that this would help boost my energy. I like that and it doesn’t get much easier than that!
Jessica SOCO said...
yeah sweet potato is the best and you should try it, and i will try this cinnamon thing on my sweet potato thanks for the tip

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