If you want to lose some weight, especially around your tummy, start adding cinnamon to your diet. Why? It suppresses appetite, regulates blood sugar levels, lowers your cholesterol and speeds up your metabolism, in addition to torching belly fat.
Of course, it goes without saying that you have to also exercise and maintain a healthy diet, because all the cinnamon tea in the world won’t help you lose weight if you keep eating junk and never exercise!
Check out these simple ways to include this spice in your daily diet.
1. Start your day with cinnamon, lemon and honey.
Cinnamon, lemon and honey make a powerful combination that will help you lose weight and protect you against all sorts of health conditions and infections. Just boil a cinnamon stick in water, squeeze a whole lemon in it, add some honey and voila! You can also add other spices like cardamom, pepper, ginger or mint to the tea if you like.
2. Drink cinnamon water during the day.
Boil cinnamon sticks in water or sprinkle cinnamon powder on water and sip on it during the day, between meals especially. You can even drink some before you go to bed at night.
3. Sprinkle it on your coffee.
If you’re a coffee drinker, add a dash of cinnamon to your coffee to give it a great kick. If you’re adding cinnamon, you can cut down on the amount of sugar you add to your coffee, making it even more weight-friendly.
4. Add it to your juices.
If you’re fond of fruit and vegetable juices, sprinkle some cinnamon on them to boost their flavour and nutritional value. Cinnamon goes especially well with apple juice, carrot juice, and even orange juice.
5. Mix it into a protein shake.
Gym buffs, cinnamon makes a great addition to your protein shake, so pile it on liberally!
6. Cook with it.
A lot of Indian recipes call for cinnamon and it is an integral part of the garam masala mixture. Now, you can start adding a piece of cinnamon to dishes that don’t traditionally require it as well. The best part is that this versatile spice goes equally well with sweet, savoury and spicy dishes!
7. Add it to smoothies.
Cinnamon makes a great addition to fruit smoothies. You can pick whichever combination of fruits you like, but one combination that always hits the spot is the banana oats smoothie. Blend together one banana, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a handful of oats, one cup of milk, half a cup of yogurt and one teaspoon of sugar. Have it for breakfast or after a workout.
8. Sprinkle it on your oats or cereal.
If you eat oats or cereal for breakfast, a dash of cinnamon will go a long way toward improving the taste.
Source: India Times