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Cinnamon Rules!

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I always tell my clients, friends, family…pretty much anyone who will listen to me, about the wonderful benefits of cinnamon.

Besides its warming, welcoming flavor, cinnamon has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. The reason I recommend it though, is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. I use cinnamon everywhere I can as a way to combat my severe arthritis, and have recommended it to several clients who have reported feeling better when using cinnamon regularly.

I am a big fan of drinking hot water with lemon in the morning (another healthy habit I recommend to my clients) and when I want a little extra boost, I’ll swirl a cinnamon stick around in there.

You can also stir a stick of cinnamon in a cup of hot water and fresh ginger for an interesting anti-inflammatory tea.

While most people think of cinnamon in terms of sweet dishes like cookies, oatmeal, and sweet breads, cinnamon can be an interesting twist on savory dishes as well. Try adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to your chili, stew, or curry dishes, or add some to your dry rub for meat. Cinnamon is especially lovely with pork (I hear…you guys know I don’t eat meat)!

You can also make my World’s Easiest Cookie recipe with lots of cinnamon for an added punch. Visit my website, http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com and click on the recipe tab to snag it.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

 

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The Perfect Cup of Tea

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Are you making breakfast for mom this mother’s day? If tea will be on the menu, you’ll want to make it an especially good cup of tea. Read below for tips to make that perfect cup for your mom…or for yourself!

1. Fill a kettle with fresh water and heat the water to the desired temperature (see below for the correct temperature for each type of tea).

2. Pour water over your tea bag or loose tea leaves. Steep 2 – 4 minutes (depending on the type of tea and how strong you like it).

3. Take out tea bag or tea leaves and fix tea to your liking. Of course sugar, honey, lemon, and cream are some popular add-ins, but you can get creative as well. Think about swirling a cinnamon stick in tea. Add fresh ginger. Try a squeeze of lime in your green or white tea. Try it! It’s very refreshing!

Not all teas are created equal!

Believe it or not, how hot you heat your water does matter, depending on the variety of tea you are fixing. Same goes for how long you steep your tea. Below is a guideline to ensure your next cup of tea is your BEST cup of tea! Enjoy!

Black Tea – Heat water to 205 degrees, steep for 3 minutes

Green Tea – Heat water to 180 degrees, steep for 2 minutes

Oolong Tea – Heat water to 190 degrees, steep for 2 minutes

Tisane Tea – Heat water to 205 degrees, steep for 3 – 4 minutes

White Tea – Heat water to 180 degrees, steep for 2 minutes

Happy mother’s day to all the mom’s out there (including all the lovely pet moms)!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time…veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

Want more helpful tips like these? Sure you do! Visit my website, http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com and sign up for my monthly newsletter. While you’re there, stop by my recipe page too and pick up some fabulous recipes, including my world’s easiest cookie recipe…perfect to go with that perfect cup of tea!

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