Coffee with Cinnamon

One of my favourite things about Saturday mornings is getting to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee with my guy without having to rush out the door. Whether we walk to our local coffee shop or brew our own at home, it’s always one of the best moments of the day. Partly from an idea from a good friend and partly from advice from Dr. Oz, I decided to add a dash of cinnamon to our coffee grounds this morning.

If you’re looking to cut your sugar cravings, cinnamon should be your best friend in the kitchen. It’s not only delicious, but said to lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol. According to Dr. Oz, “cinnamon seems to have an insulin-like effect that helps enhance the satiety center in your brain.” Just a half teaspoon is all you need and you can add it to just about anything (including your favourite smoothie or latte recipe!). And yes, I did just quote Dr. Oz. Never thought I’d see the day.

– I love cinnamon in this smoothie.

– It’s also fantastic in this recipe for squash and chickpea Moroccan stew from Smitten Kitchen, which I made in our Christmas present slow cooker last weekend.

– If you’d like to try it in your morning cuppa, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to your coffee grounds and brew. Meanwhile, heat your favourite milk (we used almond… yum!) over medium-low, stirring constantly until it’s warm. If you have a frothing tool, use it once the milk is warm to the touch (careful not to burn yourself when testing) to add some foam. Add as much of the heated milk as you desire to your coffee for a delish cinnamon cafe au lait.