Cinnamon Heath Facts
Low Calorie Cinnamon Recipes

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Healthy benefits for cinnamon & some tasty diet recipes using cinnamon.

While it may be Diet Nutsy Coo-Coo to consume cinnamon rolls while dieting, cinnamon has proven in many health studies that it holds a multitude of health benefits.  

Our low calorie cinnamon apple recipe follows, but first, the health benefits of cinnamon.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Health benefits of cinnamon include evidence of a reduction in blood pressure, including triglyceride levels.

Cinnamon has shown to excel healing, as well as aid in reducing high blood sugar levels. It has also exhibited anti-clotting abilities and may even perk the brain.

Diet Tip for Cinnamon Rolls - If you decide to indulge in one of the popular Monster Cinnamon Rolls at the local mall, take note that most contain over 600 Monster Calories.  

A good example is the classic Cinnabon Roll which contains over 700 calories and almost 25 grams of fat. Delicious - no doubt but share with a friend or order a smaller roll; be smart and eat healthy for the remainder of the day.

Don't forget to count those calories!

Diet Recipe for Diet Sinless Cinnamon Apples

Core one apple and fill with the following mixture: 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon of Splenda, 1 teaspoon of no calorie Parkay butter spray, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.  

Poke mixture into the well of cored apple.

Next, pop into the microwave oven - or a conventional oven, and cook until done. Do not overcook.  About 125 calories - dependent upon the size of the apple.  

Fat, round apples work wonderfully well for this diet recipe.

Using Spices to Enhance Flavors of Foods While Dieting

Are you on a diet?  If so, are your taste buds crying?  Do they beg for tasty, zippy foods that just aren't currently part of your diet plan?  

If so - let's turn up the volume and bring on the spices to spice up that dull, flavorless diet!

The good thing about spices is that they contain ZERO calories.  

Simple Diet Recipes Containing Spices That Add Flavor & Zing to Your Plan

Here are a few of our favorite spiced up, diet friendly entrees:

Quick Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

Chicken - Sprinkle like heck with lemon pepper - then roast in oven. Make enough to take along to work the following day.

And if you don't have time for roasting chicken - then check out the pre-cooked ones at your local market. Purchase the original, unseasoned chickens and add your own favorite seasonings before reheating.

Using Spices for Breads

Plain Bread - Spray well with no calorie butter spray, then sprinkle on garlic salt.  Pop under the broiler for delicious Garlic Toast - which contains the same amount of calories as plain bread!

Spices for Root Vegetables

Yams or Sweet Potatoes- For NO added calories, mash, then add no calorie butter spray, a scoop of Splenda and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Quick Bread Pudding Recipe With Cinnamon

Bread Pudding - I love this low calorie recipe that I came up with several years ago. As a bread pudding lover I wanted something quick, something low in calories, something low in fat and something tasty.

Take 1 slice of your favorite bread. I like potato bread which contains 70 calories per slice.

Pinch the bread into small pieces and place into a microwave-safe bowl.

Add 1 small chopped apple; I leave the skin on my apple - and you can experiment with any apple that you wish.

The Red Delicious apples tend to be firm and hold up well amid cooking but the Gala apples are so sweet that they cut the need for additional sweetness.

You can add a spoon or two of quick cooking oats if you like. Sprinkle on some ground cinnamon OR you can use pumpkin pie spice for a unique flavor. Add about 1/2 cup of skim or low fat milk.

Stir and place into the microwave. Mine cooks the bread pudding in about 5 minutes - so you'll have to experiment with yours as to cooking time.

Carefully remove using a potholder as the bread pudding will be hot. Top with brown sugar. This is so delicious and nutritious!

Nutrition Facts for Cinnamon

Nutrition Facts: Ground Cinnamon

Units

100 Grams

1 Tablespoon

1 Teaspoon

Energy, Calories kcal 247 19 6
Protein g 3.99 0.31 0.10
Total lipid (fat) g 1.24 0.10 0.03
Carbohydrate, by difference g 80.59 6.29 2.10
Fiber, total dietary g 53.1 4.1 1.4
Sugars, total g 2.17 0.17 0.06
Minerals
Calcium, Ca mg 1002 78 26
Iron, Fe mg 8.32 0.65 0.22
Magnesium, Mg mg 60 5 2
Phosphorus, P mg 64 5 2
Potassium, K mg 431 34 11
Sodium, Na mg 10 1 0
Zinc, Zn mg 1.83 0.14 0.05
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 3.8 0.3 0.1
Thiamin mg 0.022 0.002 0.001
Riboflavin mg 0.041 0.003 0.001
Niacin mg 1.332 0.104 0.035
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.158 0.012 0.004
Folate, DFE mcg_DFE 6 0 0
Vitamin B-12 g 0.00 0.00 0.00
Vitamin A, RAE mcg_RAE 15 1 0
Vitamin A, IU IU 295 23 8
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 2.32 0.18 0.06
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) g 0.0 0.0 0.0
Vitamin D IU 0 0 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) g 31.2 2.4 0.8
Lipids, Total Fatty Acids
Saturated g 0.345 0.027 0.009
Monounsaturated g 0.246 0.019 0.006
Polyunsaturated g 0.068 0.005 0.002
Cholesterol mg 0 0 0
Other
Caffeine mg 0 0 0

 

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