If you're looking for a way to spice up your morning brew with some flavour without adding a load of sugar or artificial sweeteners, the solution may be as close as your spice cabinet. A teaspoon of cinnamon stirred into a cup of coffee or a cinnamon stick at the bottom of your cup can add plenty of flavour without adding anything potentially unhealthy, especially for people watching their refined sugar intake.
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Putting aside the debates over whether sugar is bad for you or just has a bad rap and whether or not cinnamon has proven health benefits, you can make the argument that in this case, cinnamon's healthiest benefit is that it can cut down on your sugar intake. Even if you take your morning cup with a little sugar or sweetener (like I do), many of us get way more than the suggested intake in our diets.
If you're not sold on the idea, go half-and-half with your morning cup and see how you like it. Pick up a bottle of cinnamon sugar from your grocery store, or make your own at home. You can even try adding a dash of cinnamon to your coffee grounds before you brew to infuse the flavour directly into your pot. Just don't use too much (moderation is key, as excessive intake can be toxic) and don't do anything stupid, OK? Have you tried a little cinnamon in your coffee? Maybe some fresh nutmeg in the grinds? How do you take your coffee? Let us know in the comments below.
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