Have you all ever heard of Avena shakes? It’s a thick morning drink popular in Latin America. I had the pleasure of making my very first Avena Shake this morning, and it was super yummy! As an added bonus to the yumminess factor (yes, I just said yumminess) this shake is super healthy too! It’s high in fiber and boasts the cholesterol reducing properties of both oatmeal and cinnamon. Now, more about cinnamon. I love cinnamon, and lucky for me, it does lots of great things for the bod (yes, I just said bod).
10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon
courtesy of http://www.healthdiaries.com
Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Now onto pictures and recipe…
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup fat free milk (I used almond milk)
- 1 cup ice
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinammon
Cook oats and water in a small pot for about a minute or two, stirring often until it becomes thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and let it cool a few minutes.
In a blender add milk, sugar, cinammon. Add oats and ice. Blend on high until very smooth. Chill in refrigerator or pour in a glass over ice. Enjoy!! Makes 4 cups.