Eeek! How did the mercury drop from 28 degrees one day, and 10 degrees the next! Time to turn up the heat.
You know when it comes in a mug, it has to come with some warmth to wrap your poor winter paws around..
- 2 Scoops Herbalife Formula 1 Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, or Strawberry
- 1 cored and chopped apple (skin on)
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 50 ml water
- 200 ml warm water/milk/soymilk
- A few pecan nuts, almonds, or walnuts
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the apple, cinnamon and 50 ml water until the apple is soft (about 2 minutes on high).
Throw the cooked apple mix into a blender or food processor along with the remaining ingredients.
Pour the warm mixture into a mug (or serve chilled if you prefer).
Did you know?
- The word “cinnamon” is derived from a Greek word meaning “sweet wood”
- Indeed, cinnamon is technically bark that is peeled from the cinnamon tree and rolled into scrolls.
- In many cultures, cinnamon is used as a preservative for food as prevents bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli from thriving on exposed food.
- Speaking of which, the ancient Egyptians used cinnamon it in their embalming mixtures.
- Move over Angelina, the ingredient cinnamaldehyde (found in many lip glosses and lipsticks) actually causes the swelling of lips and acts as a “lip enhancer” in these products.
- Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices on the block – at one time, it was more valuabe than gold, and 15 more expensive than silver.
- Health-wise, cinnamon regulates blood sugar (and is often favoured by diabetics), stimulates brain activity, and is anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.
Cinnamon gets silly
How does that big ol’ spoonful of ‘mon look? In 2012, a new meme (don’t you just love that word – meme) went viral on the Interweb, as people took the “cinnamon challenge” – swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon without any water. Meme.
Health blog disclaimer: If you try it, you didn’t read it here.