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I had a GREAT workout last night, and the way you feel after that carries on with you and gives you lasting energy, a sense of balance between the mind and body, and makes you feel happier (endorphins are racing!) One workout I swear by is cardio kickboxing, and last night’s class was super intense, so I’m feeling good!  These are some of the reasons I stress that everyone should do something to move their body and exert energy for at least one hour each day.

exercise chartAnyway, I followed up my workout with a fantastic 8 hours of sleep, and then woke up to the warm, gleaming sun beaming through my windows.  I think it’s safe to say I’ve got my sassy pants on today my friends! 😉

That being said, I decided to add a little more spice to today’s smoothie by blending in an abundance of cinnamon – about 2 tablespoons, which is more than my average boost which is about a teaspoon.  This spicy, sweet addition to my smoothie is prolonging the benefits of last night’s workout by making me feel energized, awake, and nourished.  Check out today’s Sassy Cinnamon Smoothie recipe on my “Recipe” page!

read below for some health facts on this sweet spice

read below for some health facts on this sweet spice

But first, here’s some health benefits you may not know about this bold, aromatic spice many of us love so much in our smoothies, coffee, desserts, and more…

Facts About Cinnamon…

~ Regulates blood sugar (which makes it an aid for weight loss)

~ Reduces LDL cholesterol levels (the bad cholesterol), reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease

~ Contains natural anti-infectious compounds and anti-fungal properties that fight bacteria and pathogens

~ Reduces arthritic pain

~ Reduces the reproduction/increase of cancer cells

~ Contains fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese

~ Boosts cognitive function and memory

~ Anti-clotting effect on the blood

~ Natural remedy for menstrual pains, headaches, and migraines

~ Natural food preservative, so when it’s added to food, it inhibits bacteria growth and the spoiling of food

So stay sassy with cinnamon!

Much love, be well. 🙂

**FYI: It has been found that cinnamon can be toxic in heavy doses.  This entry simply suggests that incorporating a dash of cinnamon into your diet and lifestyle can be very beneficial on several levels.**